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For review purposes, we can also e-mail "Little World, A Book About Tolerance" as a PDF for you to read online.




moonbeamBronze Moonbeam Award for Books with Music Old Makana Had a Taro Farm



Audies® Finalist Goodnight Hawaiian Moon




Silver Moonbeam Award Picture Books Pre-school for Goodnight Hawaiian Moon



IPPY"Where Are My Slippers" is an Independent Publisher Award Finalist



10 Days in Hawaii  Ka Palapala Po‘okela"Ten Days in Hawaii, A Counting Book" received the Ka Palapala Po'okela honorable mention award from the Hawaii Publisher's Association in the children's illustrated book category.



Benjamin Franklin Award"Little World, A Book of Tolerance" received the Benjamin Franklin honorable mention award from the Publisher's Marketing Association in the poetry category.
















New Obama Hawaii Children's Book Includes Amy Hanaiali'i CD - November 8, 2009
The July 2009 book, "A President From Hawaii" teaches young people about the history, cultural values, and language of Hawaii, using quotes from United States President Barack Obama and illustrations by Kauai artist Joanna Carolan.

Black Voices: New Children's Book Touts President Obama's Heritage - October 5, 2009
...a new children's book by author Terry Carolan, M.D., a pediatrician, and Joanna Carolan, co-author and illustrator, is such a treasure. The colorfully illustrated book explores the president's birthplace, its culture, and his experiences while growing up there.

Kauai People Magazine Article - Keiki Storytellers - May 21-27 2008 Issue
Together, in award-winning Hawaiian-themed children’s books - five of them so far - his words and her illustrations are proving to be kid magnets. And the Carolans - he’s pediatrician Terence “Terry” Carolan. M.D., she’s Banana Patch owner/ artist/illustrator Joanna Forbes Carolan - draw high praise not just from keiki, but from par- ents, publishers and the enter- tainers featured in the books. Front Cover - Article

Local Authors go to D.C. for Book Fest - September 25, 2009
The first children’s book to be published in Hawai‘i about Barack Obama, entitled “A President from Hawai‘i” will represent the state at this year’s National Book Festival in Washington D.C. The National Book Festival, sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress is Saturday on the National Mall.

New Book Release: A President from Hawaii at 2009 Book Festival in D.C. - September 22, 2009
A PRESIDENT FROM HAWAII (Hardcover, Banana Patch Press, $18.95) will represent the state of Hawaii at this year’s National Book Festival in Washington D.C

Council commends book about President Obama - Septemter 20, 2009
Councilman Derek Kawakami, author of the commendation, said only one book is selected for each state, and this year’s selection is the book created by Dr. Terry and Joanna Carolan, the illustrator for the children’s book that has been enjoying brisk sales since its recent release.

A President from Hawaii is the #1 selling non-fiction book in Hawaii - August 2, 2009
This list is a rotating compilation by local booksellers. A President from Hawaii topped the list this week!

Los Angeles Times: Roaming Away: Kauai, Value-packed Paradise - July 22, 2009
Joanna and her pediatrician husband, Dr. Carolan, have recently published “A President from Hawai’i,” a fun and richly illustrated book (with an audio cd) about Hawaiian-born President Barack Obama. The book is geared toward children but–in my opinion–it interesting and informative for all ages. And it looks great on the coffee table!

Maui News: "A President from Hawaii" to be celebrated in words and song - July 20, 2009
The book touches on the history, cultural values and language that would have influenced him. Using quotes from the president, it presents the key concept of aloha, along with other Hawaiian values such as kokua (to help), lokahi (unity) and 'ohana (family).

The Garden Island: New Obama Book Has Broad Appeal - July 12, 2009
The parking lot outside of Borders was packed with cars late Saturday morning and it was no surprise to find Dr. Terry Carolan and Joanna Carolan had sold some 150 copies of their new children’s book, “A President from Hawai‘i,” in almost record time after their presentation and book signing.

The Garden Island: Borders Book Signing Saturday - July 10, 2009
Kaua‘i residents Dr. Carolan and Joanna Carolan will host a book signing of their latest release, “A President from Hawai‘i,” at 11 a.m. Saturday at Borders Books and Music.

Honolulu Star Bulletin: Two new tales for the keiki - August 23, 2009
Both books are great for children. Adults, too, will enjoy reading the books to their kids or having the option of popping in the CD for the young ones to follow along.

Honolulu Advertiser: Food, Fashion, Fireworks and Fun on tap at Aloha Tower July 3, 2009
The first children's book to be published in Hawaii about Barack Obama will be launched at a book-signing event in conjunction with the festivities. Dr. Terry Carolan's exhilarating new book, A President from Hawai'i (Hardcover, Banana Patch Press, $18.95), presents the birthplace of President Obama and explores the unique values of growing up in the 50th state.

Honolulu Star Bulletin: Marriage of Words and Images Results in National Book Award - May 21, 2006
TUCKED far away in boxes in Sydney lay sheets of paper covered with Joanna Carolan's watercolors, waiting for a story to bring them to life. In the little town of Omao, Kauai, whimsical rhymes slept in Dr. Terry Carolan's mind, waiting for illustrations to awaken them.

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Handpainted Hawaiian ceramic tiles, original art and watercolor paintings, and other island treasures. This is artist, Joanna Carolan's studio, in a historic building in Old Hanapepe Town, Kauai, Hawaii.
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