Carmela Dutra, Speaker, Presenter, Award-Winning Children's Author & Illustrator of STEM Picture Books

Award-Winning Children's Author & Illustrator, inspiring young minds through imagination and STEAM education.

Speaker and presenter Carmela Dutra is an award-winning children's author and illustrator. Her book series Exploring STEAM with Little Katie introduces the whimsical world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics to kids. Her other series, The Adventures of Lorenzo the Bear teaches children about compassion, friendship, and seeing the good in others — qualities that are vital to everyday life.

Carmela Dutra has won silver in the General Children’s Category from the prestigious Literary Classics for her work Little Katie Goes to the Moon. She has earned the coveted Seal of Approval from Literary Classics, and the Reader’s Favorite Five Stars, four times. Carmela speaks and motivates audiences with imagination and heart. Nothing is more magical for a child than being transported to a new world where they can explore and discover unknown things. Carmela is very passionate about children’s literacy and hopes to open a unique and fun way of learning through her books.

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:

A good non-fiction story should be more than just a bunch of facts. Non-fiction stories should be fun and entertaining. That's exactly what I try to do with every Little Katie book. Each book in the series is designed with two things in mind. First, to teach in a fun, imaginative way that can be used at home or in the classroom. Second, to inspire young girls (and boys too!) to look at science and see themselves in this field. They can do anything they set their mind to.

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:

Having a background in the Arts and spending hundreds of hours researching each topic I write about, I am well educated and situated to answer questions students have on the subject we are discussing. Just as with my stories, I consider and approach topics in a fun, creative way, drawing from everyday examples to help young readers better grasp the material at hand.


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Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

During a visit, I enjoy creating an experience for the children that is centered around creativity and imagination. I'm repeatedly told how after I leave a class the students are more excited to read and write than ever before. I believe this is due largely in part to including everyone and answering every question that is asked (even the questions that aren't questions, ha-ha!).

My visits consist of readings followed by a question and answer period, then a fun, engaging activity. I work one on one with teachers before my visit to address what their students are working on in class, and then we create a custom activity to best suit the needs of the students. However, if preferred, I've also done presentations on drawing (going from simple shapes to finalized characters), the basics of writing and character development, and school assemblies.

Presentation Audience:

Grades K-3

Grades 4-6


101-300 appearances



Willing to travel

Book Type:

Picture Book

Children's Non-Fiction







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