SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

About Cara J. Stevens

Cara J. Stevens has written more than 70 books for children. She has written and edited copy for Nickelodeon, Disney, and Sesame Street, and over the past decade has worked with Random House, Harper Collins, Penguin, St. Martin’s Press, Skyhorse, Oxford University Press, and several smaller publishing houses.

She is most well-known among reluctant readers and young gamers for her series of unofficial Minecraft graphic novels, video game and movie novelizations, and activity books, guides to Pokemon Go!, fidget spinners, and K-pop bands. These days, Cara spends a lot of her time diving deep into the world of popular preschool franchises like PAW Patrol, Dr. Seuss, and Blue’s Clues and You! to help introduce young fans to the joy of reading and storytelling.

As a freelance editor, Cara works with aspiring authors to help them find their voice, learn story and structure, and identify their target audience. She has created a 20-point children’s book checklist to help authors go through the process from idea to final manuscript. Cara is also a regular contributor to several lifestyle and parenting websites and dispenses the odd bits of writing and creativity advice on Medium and Instagram.

Cara is a member of the Author’s Guild and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. She has been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators since 1996, when she spoke at the New York conference about creating online content for children via a new interactive medium known as the World Wide Web.

When she’s not reading, writing, or hanging out at the beach, she can be found playing pinball, doing yoga, and trying to recreate her grandmother’s recipe for rugelach. A native New Yorker, Cara now lives at the southern tip of Los Angeles with her amazing, supportive husband and kids, and a loud, fluffy dog named Oliver.