My Dog, Stella

The illustrations for this book were crafted over a period of almost 1 year. I knew that I wanted to use many of my family members to represent the characters in my book, especially Clarence. The character is a combination of both my grandfather, Clarence, and my son,...

Multicultural Children’s Books

Did you know that only 10% of children’s books published in the past 21 years include multicultural content? Researchers know that children benefit from seeing people like themselves in the books they read, which is one of the reasons why I wrote “Clarence”. I am...

The History of Clarence

This book idea was first born in the summer of 2013. I was in the process of taking one of my master’s classes called Multicultural Literature. I was asked to research a book that reflected my culture. So I began an inquiry for rich, children’s literature that...

About the Illustrator

Hello, my name is Michela Cardelli and I’m the illustrator of “Clarence”. I live in Pisa, Italy, the city of the leaning tower! I started drawing when I was in kindergarten and I never stopped! Over time, drawing became my life’s work. Currently, I am illustrating for...

Clarence Is Now In Italian!

  Buon Giorno! Michela Cardelli, the illustrator of Clarence, recently translated Clarence into Italian. I am so excited and cannot wait to reveal the entire book to you so you can share it with your family and friends. Here is the first page, written in...
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