Angelica Shirley Carpenter is the author or co-author of four illustrated biographies for young people:
Frances Hodgson Burnett: Beyond the Secret Garden (1990),
L. Frank Baum: Royal Historian of Oz (1992),
Robert Louis Stevenson: Finding Treasure Island (1997),
and Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking Glass (2003).
All four books are published by Lerner Publications of Minneapolis.
She is also the editor of In the Garden: Essays in Honor of Frances Hodgson Burnett published by Scarecrow in 2006. This book, written for adults, is based on the Burnett conference Angelica organized at California State University, Fresno, in 2003.
Angelica has a bachelor's degree in French and master's degrees in education and library science, all from the University of Illinois. For 16 years she was director of the public library in Palm Springs, Florida. In 1991, as President of the Palm Beach County Library Association, she founded BookFest of the Palm Beaches, an annual literary festival. In 1999 Angelica moved to California to become the founding Curator of the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature at California State University, Fresno. She retired in 2011 and is now the Curator Emerita. The Arne Nixon Center web site is www.ArneNixonCenter.org.
Angelica is a member of the board of the International Wizard of Oz Club and a contributing editor to The Baum Bugle. Information on Oz activities is available at www.ozclub.org. Angelica is also a board member of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America and she is a member of the British and the Canadian Lewis Carroll Societies, the Robert Louis Stevenson Club, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
An accomplished photographer, Angelica produces slide-illustrated travelogues to accompany her books and is a sought-after speaker for groups of all ages.