Books by Nancy White Carlstrom

MAMA, WILL IT SNOW TONIGHT?  by Nancy White Carlstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Highly additional. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Three children—a fox, a rabbit and a human girl—each ask their respective Mamas the title question. Read full book review >
IT’S YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, ANNIE CLAIRE by Nancy White Carlstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"It's very sweet, not very original and certain to find an audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
With a cadence reminiscent of her Jesse Bear books, Carlstrom introduces Annie Claire and her mother, who engage in a soothing duet as the pup prepares for her first day of school. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Cowdrey's realistic paintings capture the intriguing birds and beasts of the area, from herons and eagles to harbor seals and orca whales, with a dandy orca breaching on the front cover. (Picture book/religion. 4-7)"
Carlstrom, author of the Jesse Bear series, offers a poetic look at the connection between God and nature, basing her free-verse text on a well-known Bible verse ("This is the day the Lord has made"). Read full book review >
GIGGLE-WIGGLE WAKE-UP! by Nancy White Carlstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2003

"This boisterous tale is just the thing to chase away the doldrums and start Monday, or any other day, with a bang. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In an ebullient burst of playful language, Carlstrom's tale whisks readers through a youngster's Monday routine. Read full book review >
BEFORE YOU WERE BORN by Nancy White Carlstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A beautiful portrayal of the transformation of a couple into a family. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A luminescent tale extolling the miraculous changes wrought by an infant's arrival. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"It's a dream Halloween, indeed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a bouncing rhyme, Jesse Bear (Let's Count It Out, Jesse Bear, 1996, etc.) celebrates Halloween. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: May 18, 1998

"Most poems are presented in double-page spreads with Kuroi's haunting paintings; they occasionally become sentimentally soft and fuzzy, but more often lyrically conjure a sunny Alaskan landscape. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This collection of poems celebrates Alaska's spring and summer seasons, when daylight lasts 24 hours, and when the usually white landscape is transformed into an abundance of flora. Read full book review >
GUESS WHO'S COMING, JESSE BEAR by Nancy White Carlstrom
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Although this book is not as edgy and gleeful as Kevin Henkes's A Weekend with Wendell (1986), Carlstrom has developed a winning formula for painlessly introducing young preschoolers to basic skills and information. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Writing in simple, almost conversational verse and varying the meter to avoid singsong, Carlstrom brings her irrepressible young bear back for a seventh appearance, this one built around the days of the week. Read full book review >
RAVEN AND RIVER by Nancy White Carlstrom
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"A fine piece of natural history (an author's note is included) with a mythic edge. (Picture book. 5- 9)"
A writer (Let's Count It Out, Jesse Bear, 1996, etc.) and an artist who live in Alaska create a powerful and beautiful read-aloud set in their region. Read full book review >
LET'S COUNT IT OUT, JESSE BEAR by Nancy White Carlstrom
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Degen's now-familiar watercolors are as snug as ever. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Carlstrom and Degen team up for their sixth entry in a beloved series. Read full book review >
I AM CHRISTMAS by Nancy White Carlstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"These are obviously related to Joseph and Mary's trip to Bethlehem, but they might as well be generic Bible scenes somewhat romanticized: In one, a man in a monk's habit kisses a woman who may or may not be Mary, while the trees behind them swoon. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A religious picture book with a delightful conceit—taking words from the Scriptures (referenced in the back) and constructing a prose poem around them—that becomes tedious. Read full book review >
BARNEY IS BEST by Nancy White Carlstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"Heartwarming—despite the elephant's unfortunate name. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
A little boy is nervous about going to the hospital to have his tonsils taken out, and he searches for a stuffed animal who will comfort him. Read full book review >
HOW DOES THE WIND WALK? by Nancy White Carlstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Pair this lovely mood piece with Marie Hall Ets's Gilbert and the Wind (1963). (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little boy observes the wind's different moods in each of the four seasons. Read full book review >
SWIM THE SILVER SEA, JOSHIE OTTER by Nancy White Carlstrom
ANIMALS
Released: April 21, 1993

"Carlstrom includes a melodious tune for her three-stanza song. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Mama Otter won't play, so Joshie sets out on his own; but the other arctic animals are too drowsy to play (like the seal pups) or too busy (like the puffins). Read full book review >
FISH AND FLAMINGO by Nancy White Carlstrom
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"A bit earnest, but truly handsome: Desimini at her best. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A carefully constructed story about a singular friendship. Read full book review >
NORTHERN LULLABY by Nancy White Carlstrom
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Outstanding in every way; this stunningly handsome art already has a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. (Picture book. 2+)"
In gently cadenced verse, Carlstrom personifies features of the natural world and animals of the Far North as family members to whom a Native American child speaks: "Goodnight Grandma River/Frozen below/With lullaby ripples/of pale gleaming light...Goodnight Sister Owl/Quiet your cry,/Fold the night sky close/under dark feathers." Read full book review >
THE SNOW SPEAKS by Nancy White Carlstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A lovely evocation, nicely concluded with a cozy Christmas by the fire—and angels, in snow and sky. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An Alaskan author describes the experience of cold weather and snow with poetic grace and the conviction of one who knows the ``thin, brittle air'' that makes ``nostrils stick together'' and children who must stay ``buttoned, hooded, mittened, zipped'' while shaking snow from the mail. Read full book review >
BABY-O by Nancy White Carlstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Bursting with tropical color and good cheer, a fine choice for interactive sharing. (Picture book. 2-7)"
``New cloth soaking in the big tin tub...Wash and rub./ Wusha Wusha...Sing a song of Mama-O,/ Sing it soft, now, sing it slow...'' In a joyfully swinging chant, the members of a busy Caribbean family are introduced, while Stevenson's deftly scribbled lines evoke their lively movements and the lush setting. Read full book review >
GOODBYE GEESE by Nancy White Carlstrom
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 7, 1991

"Like the boy who asks the questions here, young children will be intrigued by the author's nicely developed metaphor; but it's Young's lovely illustrations that give the book its distinction. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In poetic dialogue, Papa personifies winter in response to a child's queries: ``Does winter have eyes? Read full book review >