Karen first began drawing kids to decorate her classrooms. The kids were officially born in 1987 with three clip art sets. Since then thousands of images, products and a few children’s picture books have been created. These ‘amusing little characters’ as one customer called them, have continued to grow in popularity. They stand for helping and serving and taking care of each other. Today Karen devotes her time to illustrating and creating new ideas and working on projects that support a creative, safe and character-building environment for children. According to one teacher, their “…timeless and universal appeal warms the hearts of adults and children today and will endure and enchant for years to come…”.
I was born on a farm in North Dakota and moved to California at age 2. I grew up in a family with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. What is important to me? My family, friends, kids, drawing, creating, Saturday morning cartoons, green tea and a faith in a God who loves us just the way we are. My love for children and teaching were a perfect match. The runny noses, untied shoes, giggles, silly words, tears, sticky fingers, band-aids, talking animals and monsters in the closet became part of Karen’s Kids and their story. The reason Karen’s Kids Motto is ‘…sharing, caring and working together, helping to make the world a better place’ is because, as Alfred A. Peterson wrote, “Our children are watching us live, and what we ARE shouts louder than anything we say.”
“Children are one third of our population and all of our future.” ~Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981. My mission, through Karen’s Kids Company is to promote integrity, honesty, respect and caring for others through our actions, our decisions and through the images, products and ideas we create. We support groups and organizations that provide quality education, well being, and a safe and creative environment for ALL children. “If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.” ~Pearl S. Buck
Where Are We Going
Karen’s Kids is developing brand new products for classrooms, homeschoolers, parents, health care workers, anyone caring for, and working with children.