Books by Nancy Carlson

Released: April 1, 2013

"Valid the strategies may be, but it would be hard to present them in a less convincing way; it's 100 percent bibliotherapy. (Picture book. 6-9, adult)"
A perfunctory story barely masks a corrective agenda for children with major or minor attention issues. Read full book review >
ZIP IT! by Jane Lindaman
Released: March 1, 2012

"A visual jumble, but a probable source of high-fives and hilarity for children old enough to be embarrassed by their parents. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Dad charges off to run errands with his fly unzipped, oblivious to the efforts of his son to clue him in. Read full book review >
HENRY AND THE VALENTINE SURPRISE by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

When Henry and his classmates find a heart-shaped box on Mr. McCarthy's desk, Sydney wonders whether "Mr. McCarthy has a girlfriend." Read full book review >

HENRY’S AMAZING IMAGINATION! by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

Henry's imagination has a way of shanghaiing the truth during show-and-tell. Read full book review >

I DON’T LIKE TO READ! by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

A new first-grader dreads reading until a friendly teacher helps him. Read full book review >

FIRST GRADE, HERE I COME! by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2006

Henry has graduated from kindergarten, but that doesn't mean he has necessarily left it behind. Read full book review >

GET UP AND GO by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

A joyously unrestrained, candy-colored salute to exercise, wherein Carlson's company of cockeyed animals encourage young readers to forsake whatever screen has them in its thrall, to go outside and shake that thing. Read full book review >

THINK BIG! by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

Vinney is tired of being overlooked—literally. Read full book review >

HENRY’S SHOW AND TELL by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

With her bright, happy artwork and easy-to-digest storyline, Carlson tackles a case of kindergarten stage fright. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

Originally an English-only text, this new version of Carlson's cheery look at a new kindergartner's excitement is a welcome revision. Read full book review >

MY FAMILY IS FOREVER by Nancy Carlson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2004

Any parent and young child involved in adoption can relate to cozy well-composed snapshots of the generic experience, especially with the perky voice of the adoptee narrating. Read full book review >

THERE’S A BIG, BEAUTIFUL WORLD OUT THERE! by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

This prolific author/illustrator of some of the most beloved characters in picture books comments, through a pig-tailed young girl, about things children could be scared of. Read full book review >

SMILE A LOT! by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

In another of her unself-consciously oddball joys, Carlson (How About a Hug?, 2001, etc.) suggests that when life sends a downbeat in your direction you should put on a smile. Read full book review >

HOW ABOUT A HUG? by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Carlson (My Best Friend Moved Away, p. 495, etc.) explores the joys of anytime, anywhere hugs in her latest feel-good tale. Read full book review >

HARRIET AND GEORGE’S CHRISTMAS TREAT by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Fruitcake, that proto-matter, one of the only unnatural substances known to have survived The Flood, seems to exist mainly for a good joke. Read full book review >

MY BEST FRIEND MOVED AWAY by Nancy Carlson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

Carlson's (Hooray for Grandparents' Day!, 2000, etc.) first-person narrator is lucky: she has a best friend. Read full book review >

HOORAY FOR GRANDPARENTS’ DAY! by Nancy Carlson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2000

What can a boy do when Grandparents' Day at school rolls around and he has no grandparents to invite? Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1999

Carlson brings her vibrant brand of encouragement to bear on the first day of kindergarten. Read full book review >

IT'S GOING TO BE PERFECT! by Nancy Carlson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 1998

Any parent and child can share the broad humor of this picture book with its reminiscence of a mother's starry-eyed notion of having a baby. Read full book review >

ABC I LIKE ME! by Nancy Carlson
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 1997

The self-reliant pig, star of I Like Me! (1988), is back in a cheery companion book that celebrates the self. ``I am Awesome,'' proclaims the star-shirted pig to introduce the letter A. Mice in Swiss-cheese boxer shorts and juggling frogs join her in a romp through the alphabet. Read full book review >

SIT STILL! by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

Teachers and parents will immediately recognize Patrick, the subject of this appealing, slice-of-life picture book: He is the child who just can't sit still. Read full book review >

HOW TO LOSE ALL YOUR FRIENDS by Nancy Carlson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

``If you don't want to have any friends, follow these simple instructions.'' So begins Carlson's hilarious catalogue of crankiness, brattiness, snottiness, and just plain bad behavior. Read full book review >

THE MASKED MAVERICK by Jacqueline K. Ogburn
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

The Masked Maverick may be able to beat Hammerhand Hannibal, Mad Dog Markowitz, and every other wrestler in the ring, but he can't win over the crowds who boo his every victory—until the Brooklyn Bonecrusher tears off his mask to reveal features so inoffensive that the spectators have a change of heart. Read full book review >

A VISIT TO GRANDMA'S by Nancy Carlson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

When Tina and her parents fly to Grandma's Florida home, Tina imagines that Thanksgiving will include the traditional fixings, even though Grandma's no longer on the Minnesota farm. Read full book review >


A dog dressed as—and moving like—a small boy pities his new baby brother: Carl has to wait till someone gets him tip; his food is yucky; he can only watch while the big kids play together. Read full book review >