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About the Author

Carolyn Wild is a multifaceted individual who thrives on a busy and fulfilling life. Juggling roles as an author, artist, farmer, and primary teacher for the Vernon School District in the picturesque Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Carolyn brings a wealth of experiences to her craft.

As a dedicated educator, Carolyn finds joy in making a positive impact in the realm of education, inspiring her students to delve into the realms of reading, writing, and exploration. Her passion for fostering learning extends beyond the classroom, permeating her roles as an author and artist.

Her stories not only reflect the beauty of the Okanagan Valley but also resonate with the charm of everyday life. Each narrative is a testament to her love for storytelling and her commitment to sharing the magic of her surroundings with family, friends, and students. As she continues to create new tales, one can anticipate an enchanting blend of creativity, inspiration, and a genuine connection to the world she holds dear.

Early Life
Carolyn’s roots trace back to the bustling city of Toronto, but at the age of six, she embarked on a transformative journey to a 300-acre farm in Pine River, Manitoba, alongside her parents, younger sister, and brother. The move connected Carolyn to her maternal family’s farming heritage, with roots dating back to the late 1800s in the Pine River area. Her great-grandmother and grandparents became invaluable sources, imparting knowledge about farming and the rich history of the Ukrainian people.

Life on the family farm was a tapestry of rural experiences — horses, cows, chickens, pigs, geese, ducks, extensive gardens, wheat fields, a nearby river, and woods ripe for berry and mushroom picking. Carolyn’s childhood was a symphony of adventures, from horseback riding to building tree forts, and exploring the ponds and swamps in pursuit of frogs. Her collection of creatures, sometimes hidden under her bed, became a source of both joy and occasional dismay for her mother. This idyllic upbringing laid the foundation for Carolyn’s deep connection to nature and her eventual passion for storytelling, drawing inspiration from the vivid tapestry of her farm life.

This is a picture of Carolyn and her mother in the Toronto area. 

Sketches from Carolyn’s childhood. 

From an early age, Carolyn displayed a penchant for creativity. Her school books became canvases for animals and cartoons, each page a testament to her artistic flair. An avid reader, she immersed herself in countless stories under the covers, accompanied by the soft glow of a flashlight.

Even in the structured setting of typing class, Carolyn’s imagination thrived. Instead of focusing on typing, she composed short stories, channeling her passion for storytelling. In her aspirations for adulthood, Carolyn faced a delightful dilemma – torn between dreams of becoming an artist or a veterinarian. The allure of city lights further fueled her desire for exploration, making the decision even more challenging. Little did she know that these early passions of her childhood would later intertwine, shaping her into the storyteller and artist she is today.

More sketches from Carolyn’s childhood. 

Hobbies and Career History
As a young adult, Carolyn enjoyed dancing, singing, and acting on a few movie sets but she eventually settled down and became an Early Childhood Educator and then a primary teacher for over 25 years. She had the privilege of teaching preschool children in the Toronto Beach neighbourhood and kindergarten to grade 3 students in Brandon, Saskatoon, La Loche, Calgary, and the Siksika Nation in Alberta. She currently teaches grade 1 in Vernon, British Columbia.

This is Carolyn’s horse, Asia, and her first Nubian goat in Armstrong.

 

Family and Farming
Carolyn is a mother and a step-grandmother and she has a son who is also an artist. She lives on a farm called Wild Acres with her husband Geoff in Armstrong, BC, Canada where they sell hatching eggs, poultry, waterfowl, and Nubian dairy goats. They have raised and shown livestock for over ten years at the Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong.

Family, gardening, and the Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong.

 

 

 

 

Writing Children’s Books
In January 2023, Carolyn embarked on her journey of writing children’s books, using her photographs to connect basic sight words from her classroom to animal pictures captured on her farm and in the neighborhood. Each book she crafted was enriched with picture dictionaries, science facts, and practical tips for parents.

Drawing inspiration from the curriculum, school, farm activities, and everyday life, Carolyn’s creative spark led her to publish several colourful and award-winning books. Her books are available in both Kindle and paperback formats. Carolyn’s literary creations have found homes worldwide through platforms like Amazon, online stores, and brick-and-mortar bookshops.

While story ideas usually flow well for Carolyn, the process of finding the perfect photographs and dedicating time to complete each book requires unwavering commitment and a passion for creativity. She values the input of her students, friends, and family, who offer their insights during the book construction process.

In her classroom, Carolyn’s books serve as tools to foster a love for reading among her students, who cherish and enjoy them immensely. She values her students’ input and she also constructs worksheets, lesson plans, and colouring pages for free on her website. All of her books have been carefully leveled to assist in meeting the needs of teachers, students, and parents in their quest to fulfill the reading needs of primary children everywhere.

 

“As a first-year teacher, I was thrilled to receive a cherished gift. It was a charming coffee mug from a parent with a special quote by Forest E. Witcraft. The quote pretty much sums up my life’s ambitions and I am grateful I have had the opportunity to make a difference in this world.”

Carolyn Wild chatting with the children in her classroom and enjoying her Komondor dogs at home on the farm.

Look for more farm animal pictures and videos on the Wild Acres farm website: https://wildacres.ca/