Carrie Hartman

Carrie Hartman grew up knowing she would illustrate picture books some day. Her school and local library were her favorite places to be when she was young. She graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with her degree in Illustration. Carrie’s illustration work can be seen nationally and internationally in: picture books, editorial publications, animated projects, advertising, greeting cards, and much more. Carrie finds that working on picture books is very special. Having children tell her that one of her picture books is the book they have their parents read it to them every night before bed is the biggest honor that she could hope for. Carrie teaches in the illustration department at MCAD. She freelances from her studio and is currently writing her own picture books.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Miss Suzy, by Miriam Young, illustrated by Arnold Lobel

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“But, because they had stars, all the Star-Belly Sneetches
Would brag, ‘We’re the best kind of Sneetch on the beaches.’”
—Dr. Seuss

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Richard Scarry, Melissa Sweet, Peter Sis

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I loved books as a child and equally loved drawing. It seemed like the perfect union of the two.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Be disciplined. It doesn’t matter how much talent you have if you aren’t willing to work hard.