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Warmer with Hats & Mittens

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Hats & Mittens Support Hats & Mittens mission by purchasing Warmer with Hats & Mittens, a children’s book celebrating generosity by Minnesota author and illustrator Nancy Carlson.

The book was commissioned by Thrivent Financial to spread the message of warmth and giving all throughout the year.

All proceeds benefit Hats & Mittens.



I Like Me

I Like MeNEW! Board Book available.

Nancy Carlson’s cheerful pig is full of good feeling about herself. She knows how to take care of herself and how to have fun – even when there’s no one else around. And when she makes mistakes, she has the confidence to try again. I Like Me introduces a character children will love to meet – a special friend who will help them feel good about themselves too.

It's Okay to Ask!

It’s Okay to Ask!

It's Okay to Ask!

It's Okay to Ask!It’s Okay to Ask! introduces five children who have disabilities or complex medical conditions. They love to read, play, tell jokes, and make friends. As you get to know the characters in the book and learn that it’s okay to ask questions, you will discover that everyone is more alike than you might think and that people of all abilities can be friends.

Written by the experts at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, and illustrated by beloved Twin Cities artist Nancy Carlson, It’s Okay to Ask! helps children see beyond a person’s disability and form positive opinions through friendship.



All proceeds of the book benefit Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.

Sometimes You Barf

Sometimes You BarfEverybody barfs. Dogs, cats, chickens, alligators, and even you. It happens to everyone, and sometimes it even happens…at school. With her characteristic humor and compassion, Nancy Carlson helps young readers through what is often a scary and embarrassing rite of passage.

Sometimes you barf. But it’s OK. You get better!



Sometimes You Barf inside pagesKIRKUS REVIEW
Everything you ever wanted to know about throwing up…and why you shouldn’t be embarrassed.
A little girl and her dog, Archie, take readers through this primer. Everybody barfs once in a while, she says, and illustrates her point with a veritable zoo of barfing animals, from aardvark to platypus. (In this book, when something or someone is about to barf, its face gets amusingly green, except for lizards, which get pink.) When a dog barfs, it gives plenty of warning—and after it does, you might find something you’ve been looking for, like a missing sock. The flu could cause you to barf, and if it happens at school, better hope you do it on a math test. It summons the janitor in a hazmat suit for cleanup with his “special barf cleanup machine” and sends you home to a barf bucket. Once you’re eating solid food, it’s back to school! Sometimes You Barf inside pagesEverybody welcomes you warmly, and it turns into a great day…except for that math test you have to retake. Maybe if you manage to barf again…? Another page of green-faced barfers—clown, caterpillar, leprechaun, etc.—and the little girl recaps. Archie barfs again, and she finds her other sock! Carlson’s cartoons are as goofily gross as the text, but they exert a sort of cute fascination anyway.

A delightful and helpful treatment of a somewhat taboo topic. (Picture book. 3-6)

Armond Goes To A Party

Armond Goes To A Party

Armond Goes To A Party

Armond Goes To A Party
A book about Asperger’s and friendship
Nancy Carlson and her friend Armond Isaak
Available April 15, 2014.

Armond doesn’t want to go to Felicia’s birthday party. Parties are noisy, disorganized, and smelly—all things that are hard for a kid with Asperger’s. Worst of all is socializing with other kids. But with the support of Felicia and her mom, good friends who know how to help him, he not only gets through the party, but also has fun. When his mom picks him up, Armond admits the party was not easy, but he feels good that he faced the challenge—and that he’s a good friend. A great book for anyone to learn about coping with autism or Asperger’s.