Karisa Lowe is the award winning author of the children’s book series Arlo the Elephant. After receiving her B.S. from Pacific Union College in Public Relations and Journalism, Karisa pursued a job as a journalist, as well as a copyeditor, though she always wanted to go into book publishing.
In 2011, Karisa decided to self-publish her first children’s book, Arlo Goes to the Dentist. The book was well received by teachers, book judges, and most importantly, children. The first edition of Arlo Goes to the Dentist won multiple awards, including Finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards.
Karisa’s second title, Arlo and the Airplane was released in 2012. The second Arlo title also did very well with book judges and won multiple awards, including Winner of the Children’s Easy Reader category in the 2013 Indie Excellence Awards.
In 2013, Karisa decided to take a leap and start her own publishing company. After launching an aggressive Kickstarter campaign to raise initial funds for her company, Karisa launched her initial titles to good reviews, as well as initial sales driven by successful book signings. “I want to combine the elements of good storytelling and the new graphic design feel; a children’s book press for the modern age.
The Arlo series has won multiple awards, including Silver for Best Book Series in the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Winner of the Children’s Picture Book category at the 2013 and 2014 Indie Excellence Awards, Honorable Mention at both the San Francisco Book Festival, as well as the Los Angeles Book Festival.
In the last few years, I’ve been reading a lot of children’s books. The arrival of my nephews and nieces incited this fun pastime, and I have thoroughly enjoyed being thrown back into the whimsical world of children’s literature. I feel like children's literature is such an influential and special genre. Who doesn't remember at least a few of their favorite books as a child. I love the classics like Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle, as well as the newer greats like Drew Daywalt. Whether a book strives to get a child to laugh or to teach them something important, children's books are such a fun and timeless vehicle to deliver those messages.
With the Arlo series, I am striving to introduce kids to new experiences they may encounter. When you’re young, life is a big unknown and sometimes that’s scary. I’m hoping to help kids and their parents prepare for these situations together, through these fun and practical books.