Art Center Student Writes and Draws her own Book
Menlo Park resident Charlotte Anthony may only be 11 years old, but her writing and artistic career is already taking off following the recent publication of a book.
“My classmates were surprised and excited,” says Charlotte of the publication of her book, Loud, about a disruptive student who eventually becomes a corporate executive. “They asked me if I wanted to be an author when I grow up, and I told them, ‘I already am!’”
Charlotte describes herself as an extrovert, but says the book is not an autobiography. Rather, she says it is a response to the lack of children’s books about extroverts. According to the descriptive tag for Loud, the book explores the “disconnect” between the skills needed to succeed at school and at the office.
“There are plenty of books of introverts and kids who are shy,” she says, adding that her book is primarily aimed at 4-to-7-year-olds. “But I wanted to write and illustrate a book about someone who spoke up all the time. I’ve had teachers who told me to be quiet when I was talking to someone else, or sharing ideas in class.”
She also credits all of the art classes she has taken at the Art Center since she was three years old.
“I learned a lot of nice techniques about art and drawing at the Art Center,” says Charlotte who has enrolled in classes such as Introduction to Art, Animal Painting, and now ceramics. “My teachers have been very supportive and provided good feedback.”
Charlotte says she first storyboarded the book, and then drew it using an iPad. The entire process took about four months.
Her mother, Emily, says that she was rather surprised when Charlotte completed the book project.
“You never know if kids are going to follow through on something like this,” says Emily, who works as a magazine editor. “The only thing her father and I helped her with was signing the contract to produce the book.”
“Having access to art materials helped me, and I want others to have the same opportunity,” she says. “My advice to anyone who wants to create a book is to not wait—just go for it if you have an idea!”
This story is part of a new ongoing series, “Makers in Your Neighborhood,” featuring artists in the Palo Alto area who are pursuing their creative dreams.
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Last Updated: October 31, 2019