Local children are in for a treat as nationally-known children’s author Nancy White Carlstrom makes two presentations during the afternoon of the dedication of the new Seward Community Library Museum on Saturday January 12.
The author of over 50 books for children, White Carlstrom says she thought about being an author since she was a child. She worked in her town’s library, growing up in Pennsylvania, and went on to Wheaton College, where she majored in Elementary Education. She attended Harvard Extension School and Radcliffe for two years and taught school in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts for four years.
During summer breaks she taught in West Africa, the West Indies and in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Moving to Seattle, she owned The Secret Garden Children’s Bookstore until 1983, when her family moved to Interior Alaska for 18 years. All those experiences started coming together as the stuff her books would come from, but it wasn’t until she became a mother for the first time, and started singing to her son Jesse, that she wrote, Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? It was published on her son’s 2nd birthday and has since sold over a million copies. Kirkus Reviews describes it as “a bubbling verse that combines rhythm and rhyme to create a lovely sound…One is tempted to sing Carlstrom’s words aloud. She has a rich imagination…” Bruce Degan, of Magic School Bus fame, is the illustrator of the Jesse Bear series. Harfkfdksk
A second son, and living, teaching and traveling throughout Interior Alaska for 18 years inspired her writing even more. She will be making two presentations during the afternoon of the dedication.
Nancy White Carlstrom Saturday, January 12 Presentations
Seward Community Library Museum
- 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. “Singing with Jesse Bear” designed for preschooler to 1st grader
- 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. “Writing in Alaska: From Idea to Finished Book” designed for 2nd to 5th graders
Nancy White Carlstrom’s numerous awards include: the Editor’s Choice from Booklist in 1986; the Children’s Choice award from the International Reading Association/Children’s Book Council (IRA/CBC) in 1987; the American Booksellers Pick of the List and Notable Book from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in 1987; the Best Book of 1990 from Parents’ Magazine for Where Does the Night Hide?; a second Children’s Choice from the IRA/CBC and the Parents’ Choice award from Booklist in 1991; a Notable Book award from NCTE in 1991; a citation on the Best Books of the Year list from Publishers Weekly in 1992; a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators and Best Books from the Bulletin of Children’s Books; a Parents’ Choice Paperback in 1994; and the National Outdoor Book Award in 2001.
Her books for children include:
- Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? New York: Macmillan, 1986.
- Wild, Wild Sunflower Child Anna. New York: Macmillan, 1987.
- Blow Me a Kiss, Miss Lily. New York: Harper & Row: 1990.
- Where Does the Night Hide? New York: Macmillan, 1990.
- Goodbye Geese. New York: Philomel, 1991.
- Baby-O. Boston: Little, Brown, 1992.
- Northern Lullaby. New York: Philomel, 1992.
- The Snow Speaks. Boston: Little, Brown, 1992.
- What a Scare, Jesse Bear! New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.
- Where is Christmas, Jesse Bear? New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.
- What Does the Sky Say? Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2001.
- Climb the Family Tree, Jesse Bear! New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.