The very successful Carl picture book series is, essentially, about the adventures of an inquisitive chipmunk named Carl who lives near the National Museum of Wildlife Art, loves to read, loves art and, eventually, becomes a guide for wildlife to the wildlife art at the Museum. After a Museum-sponsored contest to see who would illustrate the book, John Potter, a noted landscape and wildlife artist was selected. “He totally captured Carl’s personality,” Friess says. “Because of John’s marvelous illustrations, Carl immediately connects with young readers and pre-readers and creates a desire to learn more about wildlife art and about wildlife,” says Friess, who in 2010 was instrumental in establishing the Bull-Bransom Award. Among her best-selling books are Carl Discovers Wildlife Art and Carl Discovers Math in Art. She is particularly proud of having been awarded the Mom’s Choice Award for her Carl books. 16 National Museum of Wildlife Art | WildlifeArt.org Friess goes on to say that picture books are extraordinarily important in getting children interested in wildlife and the environment in which they live. “If we are not educating our youngsters, if we are not careful about our environment, we can’t even imagine how much we are hurting future generations,” she says. As a grandmother of fourteen (She calls them her “book critics”), Friess is keenly aware of children’s natural interest in wildlife. “Even in the city, there can be foxes, raccoons, squirrels and, yes, chipmunks,” she says. “Childhood is such a time of delight, exploration and excitement.” “It is important for the illustrator to understand the story and it can’t be a good story without a good illustrator.” –Lynn Estes Friess The Sixth Annual Bull-Bransom Award Ceremonies were held on May 7, 2015, and were complemented by Quack! A Picture Book Festival. Visit WildlifeArt.org to learn about events for 2016.
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