Caren Loebel-Fried: Artist. Illustrator. Author.
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Caren Loebel-Fried is an artist and author from Volcano, Hawai`i. While growing up by the ocean in New Jersey, she learned the ancient art of block printing from her mother with nature all around her. Now, conservation and the natural world are her inspiration and the foundation of her work. Caren has researched and explored many of the storied places of Hawai’i, and studied native species and Hawaiian legends with curiosity about how people experience and care for their natural environment. She has created six award-winning books to date for children through adults, creating educational stories about birds and retelling Hawaiian legends. She has also created art for several conservation organizations, government agencies, and Hawaiian Cultural organizations, providing educational materials about wildlife and conservation.

Caren has always been obsessed with birds. In the rainforest of Hawai`i, she is lucky to live among many native Hawaiian birds. Lately, seabirds are taking her on journeys to the great blue unknown… Caren finds that birds make excellent conservation ambassadors, intriguing and entertaining to most humans, their presence, or lack of presence, revealing the health of the environment.

During five weeks on Midway Atoll, Caren counted and studied nesting albatrosses and other wildlife. She was researching to create iconic art for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service that celebrated Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Battle of Midway Memorial, and Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Some of Caren’s other projects include creating iconic art for Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kaua’i, where seabirds abound. Caren also partnered with Conservation Council for Hawai`i on a Hawaiian Monk Seal educational project, and a project that teaches about extinction in Hawai`i.

Carl Safina, bestselling author of Eye of the Albatross, and Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel, said of Caren’s latest book: "A Perfect Day for an Albatross is a perfect book for any child you love, a book of generous, inspired vision. It’s a beautiful story about these legendary birds in their ocean paradise.” School Library Journal called A Perfect Day for an Albatross, “A wonderful introduction to a magnificent sea bird, this vibrantly illustrated story belongs on every shelf.”

Caren aims to bring people closer to the natural world with the hope that they will want to help care for it.

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