Last Saturday, Nancy Carlson was the featured children's author/illustrator at Micawber's for our "Second Saturdays" series. Carlson has written and illustrated many books for children and is currently working on her 60th book! Some of her best known books include, I Like Me! and Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! Nancy's characters are well-loved. Characters like Henry the mouse, Harriet the dog, and Louanne Pig are beloved by many. Her characters go through familiar ups and downs of being a child from starting school, being the new kid, and trying out for the team.
Carlson says, "All my characters are based on someone I know." When asked which character is her favorite, she can't decide. "But Harriet is most like me," she replies. Harriet is also the first character she created.
On Saturday, Nancy read two books about Henry the mouse: Henry and the Valentine Surprise and Henry's Amazing Imagination! She also read her brand new book, Think Happy!, (which is technically not even out yet, but which we had several copies of anyway.) Of all her recent books, Carlson says she is most proud of Think Happy! because of the great message and also because of the perseverance it took to get it published.
I would have guessed that almost everything Nancy Carlson writes and illustrates would get published. But that is not necessarily the case. Carlson says that she publishes about 20% of what she works on each year. Luckily for all of us, she is very dedicated to her work so we can continue to enjoy her books for many years to come!