Now, standing tall as the first in his family to graduate from college, Carmen is a veteran Washington DC Public School teacher who has served as a father, brother, uncle and a mentor to thousands of inner-city school children.

In Choosing to be Better, Not Bitter, Carmen again brings to the page his unique blend of street smarts, wrenching experience and an appreciation for how deep the scars within can run.

Featuring original artwork by the author, Carmen now seeks to help others overcome anger and ignorance— to heal young people through words and compassion. Choosing to be Better, Not Bitter is Carmen Garner’s second bibliotherapy book. His first book, From That to This: A Strategy Guide, first appeared in 2013, is now widely available in paperback.


Choosing To Be Better, Not Bitter.

An expressive art therapy book that involves a story with the purpose of healing.

It uses an individual’s relationship to the content of the book. The artwork and written words are used as therapy. 

Children who can recognize situations through writing and artwork should be better equipped to deal with those obstacles when presented in a real life situation.



From That To This. 

Powerful Memoir to Empower At-Risk Teens. Written and illustrated by Carmen Garner.

My early childhood of growing up in crack houses shaped my perception of life. 

It made me fight to be the opposite of what surrounded me. I have seen many traumatizing events that made me grow up fast. I chose to make better decisions. I chose to attend and graduate high school, and then college. I have learned, with an education anything is possible and this is the reason I push education so strongly on my own child.