Carin Berger is an award winning designer, illustrator, and author. She has worked in London, San Francisco, and New York City and has written and illustrated over 10 books. Her illustrations, cut paper collages, are made with scraps of ephemera, used clothing catalogues, and old ticket stubs. Basically, any odds and ends that she can find. Her first two children’s books, Not So True Stories and Unreasonable Rhymes and All Mixed Up, were published by Chronicle Books and she has illustrated Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky by Jack Prelutsky, Greenwillow Books. The Little Yellow Leaf was selected as a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book. Good Night! Good Night!, All of Us and A Curious Menagerie are some of her most recent books. Design clients include Random House, WW Norton, Little Brown & Co., Pantheon Books, Penguin Putnam, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
awards & acknowledgements
Carin has been awarded the 2006 Founder's Award from the Society of Illustrator’s, the Best of Show from 3 x 3 Magazine for the Children's Book Show, and the Bull-Bransom Award. Her work has been featured in some of the most prestigious trade publications, including CA Magazine, Print Magazine, How Magazine, and 3 x 3 Magazine, and it has been included in shows for the Society of Illustrator's and American Illustration and The Chicago Art Institute. Her books have received starred reviews and have won numerous awards.
“...Exceptional, exhilarating artwork perfectly suited for a story about antipation, discovery and joy.” –Kirkus Reviews [starred review]
“Spectacular [and] witty...” –Publishers Weekly [starred review]
“Pretty brilliant” –Kirkus Reviews [starred review]
“...a delightful feast for the eye and the ear...In this stunning debut, Berger introduces children to the magical world of imagination and wordplay...” –Bookideas.com
“The whimsical illustrations...create a rich visual treat.” –School Library Journal

presentations, workshops & activities [selected]

Creative Workshop, Wonder Cabinets and Memory Theaters, icon 10, Detroit, 2018

Speaker, Collecting and Curating Inspirations, scbwi la intensive, Los Angeles, 2018

Visiting Artist, Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 2017

Visiting Artist, The Singapore American School, Singapore, 2016

Panelist, Artist Conversation: Journeys of the Picture Book, River Arts, 2016

Chair, The Original Art Show, Society of Illustrators, 2015

Presenter, Reading Pictures: A Conversation, Society of Illustrators, 2015

Visiting Critic, Illustration Symposium, Syracuse University, 2015

Assistant Chair, The Original Art Show, Society of Illustrators, 2014

Visiting Critic, MFA students, mica [Maryland Institute College of Art], 2014

Presenter, Cross Cultural Literature: Picture Books Beyond Words, New York Public Library, 2013

Juror, Student Scholarship Competition, Society of Illustrators, 2013

Juror, The Original Art Show, Society of Illustrators, 2012

Keynote Speaker, Fall Weekend Conference, Mazza Museum, 2010



The Illustrator Show, SUNY Ulster, 2017

Wild Reading: Animals in Children's Book Art, The Bruce Museum, 2016

The Feminist Icon Show, Art Slope, Diana Kane Boutique, 2016

Picturing Poetry, Art Institute of Chicago, 2013

The Original Art Show, Society of Illustrators, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
[received the Founders Award]

International Picture Book Show, 3x3 Magazine, 2006, 2009 [best of show], 2012, 2016


Specimens and More, GHS Gallery, 2017

Specimens, Little Blue Mushroom and Friends Gallery, 2016