Nancy Carlson has written and illustrated more than sixty children’s books since 1979. Her most recent book is titled This Morning Sam Went to Mars.
Carlson graduated from MCAD with a major in printmaking, and shortly afterward became fascinated with children’s books while working at the Walker Art Center. Carlson began to write her own stories and created accompanying drawings. She had numerous art exhibitions before getting into the publishing world and her artwork is held in many private and public collections. Recognition for her published work includes several Reading Rainbow selections, the Children’s Choice Award from the International Reading Association and Children’s Book Council, the Minnesota Children’s Museum Great Friends to Kids Award, and several others.
"The foundation of a healthy self-image, the cornerstone of a happy and successful life, is what Carlson’s work is all about." (Publishers Weekly on Carlson's book I Like Me)