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Author/writer since 2008 and is a member for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Carmen has won awards on her book series of three (Patch Land Adventures). Her latest book” Chomper my Bearded Dragon” will be featured in the American Lifestyle magazine in Jan. 2021. She was also inducted in the “Indie Author Wall of Fame” in 2020. She was the presenting children’s book author for the 2014 Young Writers Conference for Jeffco Elementary Schools. She also volunteered for a non-profit organization, The Foundation Fighting Blindness, where she held the position as the President of the Denver Chapter, for the past 11 years. Carmen was the Chair for “The Blind Taste of the Rockies”, which is an annual fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for treatment and to help find a cure for blindness, all the while attending schools and libraries, for presentations/workshops and signings.
This charming story of a young boy Benny and his lizard Chomper find themselves taking a private plane to Australia to meet Chomper's family. They soon learn lessons about friendship and forgiveness when a Kangaroo steals their map that will lead them to Chomper's family. Their adventure continues when they finally find Uncle Herman, as they discover life down under.
“A vibrant tale of two friends, Benny and Chomper the Bearded Dragon, on a journey of discovery in Australia. Fun, factual, colorful and interesting! Loved the traditional Kangaroo transport! Perfect story for bedtime and study. A classic!”
Award winning, Aussie Singer-songwriter
"A creative tool to help children who are living with a medical or physical challenge overcome fears and build confidence. This heart-warming story will also help children understand the unique differences among people from all walks of life.
Editor-in-Chief, Denver Life Magazine
"As parents and kids enjoy reading this book together, the story will help them deal with the challenges of amblyopia. It puts a positive spin on having to wear an eye patch, but it could well be applied to any other challenge a child may be facing. Children enjoy relating to fictional characters and this makes it easy for them to understand, accept and overcome the potential discomfort of feeling different. A fun and inspiring adventure."
-Lorraine C. Ladish
Editor-in-Chief of Mamiverse.com and published author
"I think it is fantastic that you have been to write children's books that encourage sensitivity to people who are different. Kids need to be taught that is OK to be different and that even if another child (or adult) has a challenge, it does not make that person less of a human being. Thank you again for all the good things you are doing to make this world a better place."
- Timothy J. Schoen, Ph.D.
Carmen Swick recently attended our Annual Author Fair at Bergen Meadow Elementary. This was her second year in attendance. We were thrilled that she decided to return because the kids and teachers love her books. One teacher came up to me later and told me what a perfect fit Carmen's books were. In that class there is a nearly blind student who often wears a patch and struggles with feeling different from the other students. Carmen's books really helped put this child at ease and made her feel like a valued member of the class! Carmen, thanks for writing such an amazing book and for your dedication to kids! We really appreciate you!
Bergen Meadow K - 2,
Bergen Valley 3 - 5
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