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G. Brian Karas

Biography

G. Brian Karas

Brian was born George Brian Karas in Milford, Connecticut in 1957. He is the prolific and versatile illustrator and writer of many children’s books including ATLANTIC, an American Library Association (ALA) Notable Book, SAVING SWEETNESS by Diane Stanley, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor title, HOME ON THE BAYOU. The New York Times describes his work as “...depicted in a childlike style that belies the sophistication of the drawings. Exquisite and moving in its subtlety." He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with his family.

G. Brian Karas

Books by G. Brian Karas

Written by Michelle Edwards with illustrations by G. Brian Karas - Children's

Mrs. Goldman always knits hats for everyone in the neighborhood, and Sophia, who thinks knitting is too hard, helps by making the pom-poms. But now winter is here, and Mrs. Goldman herself doesn’t have a hat --- she’s too busy making hats for everyone else! It’s up to Sophia to buckle down and knit a hat for Mrs. Goldman. But try as Sophia might, the hat turns out lumpy, the stitches aren’t even and there are holes where there shouldn’t be holes. Sophia is devastated until she gets an idea that will make Mrs. Goldman’s hat the most wonderful of all. 

by Judy Sierra and G. Brian Karas - Children's 4-8, Fiction, Picture

In Miss Bingo’s classroom there’s always time to tell a story! Here are Jiro and Annabelle, Rufus and Rory. They’re here to have fun with amazing Miss Bingo, the storytime rhymer, the singing flamingo. She tells them of kittens and mittens and mice, Miss Muffet, her tuffet and sugar and spice.

Written by Margaret McNamara with illustrations by G. Brian Karas. - Children's, Fiction, Picture, Poetry, Youth Fiction

Once again, Margaret McNamara sets her playful, child-friendly story in the classroom, and this time, poetry --- from metaphors to acrostics to haiku --- is the name of the game. The focus here is on Elinor, whose confidence falters as she tries to write something "perfect" for Poem in Your Pocket Day and impress a visiting poet.

by Katherine A. Applegate and G. Brian Karas - Nonfiction, Picture

Captured as a baby, Ivan was brought to a Tacoma, Washington, mall to attract shoppers. Gradually, public pressure built until a better way of life for Ivan was found at Zoo Atlanta. From the Congo to America, and from a local business attraction to a national symbol of animal welfare, Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla traveled an astonishing distance in miles and in impact.

by Megan McDonald and G. Brian Karas - Children's, Fiction, Friendship, Juvenile Fiction, Nature

It’s time for bugs to hunker down and hide out for the winter. But Ant isn’t ready to be without her best friend Honey Bee for months on end. Can Ant brave the cold for one last visit before the snow flies? The author of the Judy Moody series teams up again with award-winning illustrator G. Brian Karas to show that true friends can weather whatever comes their way.

written by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by G. Brian Karas - Children's, Picture

The clouds are gathering above a city street and soon — tap, tap, boom, boom! As a thunderstorm rolls in, people of all stripes race down to the subway to get away from the crackling rain and wind. With quirky wordplay and infectious rhymes, Elizabeth Bluemle crystallizes an unexpected moment of community, while G. Brian Karas’s warm illustrations show the smiles to be had when a storm brings strangers together as friends.

Written by Maragret McNamara with illustrations by G. Brian Karas - Picture

In this playful, humorous, and child-friendly classroom story, students learn a lot about apples and apple orchards—including how apples are harvested, how cider is made, and what the different varieties of apples are—while trying to solve a riddle.

written by Megan McDonald with illustrations by G. Brian Karas - Holiday

With only a few hours left till Cricket's costume party, Ant and Honey Bee must race to make a perfect, two-things-that-go-together pair of costumes. But then it starts to rain, and by the time they arrive, the proud pair looks more like a matching set of soggy sad sacks. Maybe, though, if they put their heads together, the quick-thinking friends can turn their mushy mess into a smashing success. What a pair!