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Palm Desert-based Caroline Lockhart uses TikTok to launch book

“And though each new day may come with change,” writes Caroline Lockhart in her new children’s book, “Blue Girl,” “deep down we are all one and the same!”

Lockhart, a Palm Desert author/artist, spent the better half of the last decade working as a nanny. At some point, she had an epiphany while reading a variety of children’s books to kids. She realized all too clearly how those books had a powerful effect on shaping the feelings, perspectives and prejudices of young children.

So, she set out on a mission to create an illustrated book filled with empowering messages.

Caroline Lockhart is a Palm Desert resident

“I wanted to create tangible illustrations that felt childlike in nature,” Lockhart says. “I found that the children I read to (as a nanny) really engaged with stories that looked like they came from mediums they used — crayons, colored pencils, watercolors. It was very intentional in nature.”

“Blue Girl,” about a girl named Blue, features the artist’s simple yet captivating drawings of red, green, yellow and blue people. As readers follow Blue along her journey meeting various characters, a prominent theme emerges: accepting people for who they are, regardless of their race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Basically, tossing judgment aside.

“I’d been painting this kind of abstract blue girl since before 2018 and contemplating the prospect of how mankind would react to someone different,” Lockhart says of her creative process. “Somewhere along the way, I was like, ‘How can I translate this to children?’ Because all these kids I watched, even those I’d only briefly been around, seemed to inherently understand the different issues we, as adults, were actively facing.”

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