Caryn Huberman Yacowitz

Arrange a School Visit, Take a Class

Caryn has visited over 70 schools and libraries across the country. Her inter-active topics for students include:

What Do Writers Do?

12 Steps to Creating a Picture Book

Nonfiction Fun and Facts

From Idea to Printed Book

Writing Books About Native Cultures

Here's what students and teachers say about Caryn's presentations:

"Your presentations were the best! My students were inspired and excited about your books and their own writing!" teacher, Van Meter School

"I loved it! Please come every year! fourth grade student, Searles School

" We loved having her here!" teachers, Hopland School; students, Los Altos High School

Book school visits or classes

Writing for children
"Caryn's picture book writing class was amazing. I learned so much because she gave us so much great information! I'm glad I made the effort to get there." adult student, San Francisco City College

Children's Book Writer & Playwright

Yosemite in the snow!! Good news: I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED...

I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A DREIDEL will arrive in September of this year. 2014! Hurray!

David Slonim is the talented illustrator of this funny Chanukah picture book based on that other Old Lady and her wiggly spider, but with a fine arts twist.

Playwrighting and performance news:


The Palo Alto Children's Theater staged an outstanding production of "PUMPKIN FIESTA, THE MUSICAL" in October, 2010. Based on my award-winning picture book of the same name (illustrated by Joe Cepeda), the play features original music by Mary Hepburn (Main Street Arts Theater, Vermont) and book and lyrics by me.

The musical expands on the book's themes of loving attention and friendship to include care of the environment. It's really fun and funny.

Contact me at yackybooks@​ or Curtis Brown Agency, for production rights.
Please note: This play is available free for one-time classroom presentation.


"BASHERT" played to full houses in November 2010 and March 2011. Based on sixteen real "how-we-met" love stories, this one-hour theater piece is both sweet and poignant.
Premiere with Kol Ami Players, Los Altos Hills, CA.

A talented group of actors from The Gualala Play Reader's Group treated everyone to a wonderful reading of "BASHERT" on February 7, 2012 and proved to one and all that not just Jewish audiences cherish these stories.

Please contact me at yackybooks@​ if your theater group, JCC or synagogue is interested in "BASHERT".

JEANS! The Musical
I'm really excited about my musical play. Visit to learn all about it. (Or just scroll down to "Quick Links").

We had an amazing youth production on March 18, 2007 and April 1, 2007 in Los Altos Hills, California. Directed and produced by Masha Farber of TheatreGames.

I co-wrote JEANS! with my friends Diane Claerbout and Enid Davis. It was first performed at Main Street Arts in Saxtons River, Vermont by kids 9 to 16.

Jeans! also had two staged readings here in California--on February 8, 2004 in San Francisco and on September 18, 2004 in Sunnyvale. (see photos by hitting "JEANS!" button above.) WE ARE SEEKING MORE PRODUCTIONS OF OUR PLAY--anywhere in the country! Our e-mail is jeansthemusical@​

All seven of my Native American Series are now available! Comanche Indians, Seminole Indians, Iroquois Indians, Inuit Indians, Shawnee Indians, Lakota Indians, Navajo Indians are published by Heinemann Library Publishers--in hardcover and paperback. The tribal experts are happy with the books and so are the teachers and kids who have seen them.

When I was writing and researching these books, I wore something made by a person from the tribe. An Iroquois "No-face doll" necklace made by Rita Chrisjohn Benson was one of my favorites. A Navajo sandpainting called "Thunder" sits on a shelf near my computer and a beautiful Comanche doll made by Alice Comer watches while I write.

This site was last updated on:
February 10, 2014

Like Old Juana in my book, I grow big, fat, orange pumpkins. PUMPKIN FIESTA! the Muscial play is available to schools FREE.

My book THE JADE STONE is now also a musical play! It is one of the three plays in ENTER THE DRAGON by Leslie Li and Mary Hepburn. Contact me by e-mail for copies of THE JADE STONE, the book, and THE JADE STONE, the play.

Selected Works

Picture Book
The Great Emperor of All China orders a the stone carver Chan Lo to carve a dragon of wind and fire, but is that what the stone wants to be?
New Works
All 7 titles of the Native American series are now available in hardcover and in paperback.
How did the Comanche live long ago? What about today? Who were the Seminole and why are they called "the undefeated"?
Picture Books
Old Juana grows the biggest and best pumpkins! "What is her secret ?" wonders Foolish Fernando. Now the fun begins!
A "dragon of wind and fire" demands the great Emperor of All China. But is that what Chan Lo hears in the stone?
Theatre, Photo Essay
Ten year-old Chessa is in a play. Join her in rehearsal, set-building, makeup, performance. All aspects of theatre--on onstage and backstage!