Photo of CSUEB grad and artist Linda Lens who recently illustrated Good Night Captain Mama.

Linda Lens '03 (Photo: Danny Sychr/Castro Valley Patch)

CSUEB art grad illustrates children's book about a military mom

  • March 20, 2013 5:00am

The Castro Valley Patch featured Cal State East Bay alumna Linda Lens, BA, art, (’03) and her collaboration with author Graciela Tiscareño-Sato on the soon-to-be released Good Night Captain Mama,  a bilingual picture book about a female Air Force officer who explains her military service to her young son. The women coincidently met though the Castro Valley Parent Nursery School. Lens created the book's illustrations.

Lens told the Patch that she “was encouraged to pursue art by her grandmother and mother, who would take her and her sister to the library where they could check out as many children's books as they wanted.” She said that the bright colors and pictures in those books inspired her to pursue a career as a children's book illustrator. 

It was while attending CSUEB, that Lens developed her love of portraiture to capture human expression. 

Read the Castro Valley Patch article.

Other CSUEB grads who have released children's books include:

Susan Pace-Koch '04, author and publisher of Get Out of My Head, I Should Go to Bed 

Suzy Kline '67, author of the Horrible Harry book series

Congratulations to both Linda and Graciela!


California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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