"I write stories that spark wonder, fuel curiosity, and craft worlds that help kids and adults find their place in this one." When a writer friend challenged me to come up with a "writer statement" to describe my work, that's what I came up with. At least, after much hemming and hawing and rewriting (this could be yet another writer statement). But that doesn't tell you much about me, here's my official bio: Caryn Rivadeneira is the award-winning author of more than twenty books for both children and adults, including Edward and Annie: A Penguin Adventure (Tommy Nelson & the Shedd Aquarium, March 2022), Saints of Feather and Fang (Broadleaf, April 2022), and the eight-book Helper Hounds Series (Red Chair Press), Her work has appeared in Aleteia, Sojourners, Christianity Today, Relevant, FamilyLife,ThinkChristian, and … Read More about Welcome!
Join famous penguins, Edward and Annie, the viral sensations, as they waddle through Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium in this funny and surprising adventure story. When no one comes to visit the aquarium, penguin pair Edward and Annie wonder, Where did everyone go? This colorful romp through Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium from author Caryn Rivadeneira takes children and […]
From sheepdogs to wombats to coyotes to jellyfish, animals serve important biological roles in the world. But those who love animals know there’s more. We know our connection to other creatures is more than fur, scale, or feather deep. In Saints of Feather and Fang, writer and lifelong animal lover Caryn Rivadeneira looks at the […]
Portia has overcome a lot in life. Born with Down syndrome, Portia has been through many surgeries, lots of doctor’s appointments, and strange looks from people who want to limit what she can do. Inside herself, Portia knows she can do anything―including getting over her fear of dogs. But when Penny shows up at Portia’s house, […]
Experience the grit and grace of seventeen women of the Bible through creative first-person retellings of each person’s story. This book connects preteen girls with the women of the Bible, showing them that they are created in the image of God to do mighty things in this world. Grit and Grace is for girls who long […]
“Caryn Rivadeneira’s sparkling mosaic of stories, science, and scripture about animals will have you seeing God in pit bulls and pythons, hedgehogs and sheepdogs. Warmly, and with wit, she reveals One Great Love streaming through everything that breathes, redeeming us all, together. ”
—Gayle Boss, author of All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings (2016) and Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing (2020).
“Animals have always been my teachers, my mentors, my inspiration. In them, I see the face of the Creator. Caryn Rivadeneira's sometimes sweet, sometimes funny, always touching stories remind us that each of God's creatures is sacred and holy, with lessons to teach us all about His love.”
Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of An Octopus and How to Be A Good Creature.
“In the vein of Ann Voskamp and Sarah Young, Rivadeneira (Known and Loved: 52 Devotions from the Psalms) offers a devotional perspective on financial desperation in the suburbs. Balancing between mystical mirth and spiritualized snark, she reflects on her skepticism about God’s trustworthiness and interweaves life stories of misfortune and small miracles to help readers find God and also ‘find him good.’ A sterling storyteller, Rivadeneira spins a narrative of finding benediction and a benevolent God amidst economic trial.”