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The beloved and prolific Nancy Carlson is an Edina native and life-long Minnesotan  She has written and illustrated over 60 books for kids.

Nancy Carlson’s Artwork

I enjoy having her art pop up regularly in my Facebook feed.  You can follow Nancy Carlson on Facebook or Twitter for a regular dose of art.

Learn a little more about how Carlson creates with colored pencil from this University of Minnesota website on Children’s Book Art Techniques and Media.

Nancy did a series of videos for Bush Lake Ikes YouTube channel called, Drawing with Nancy. She includes demonstrations on how to draw:

Books by Nancy Carlson:

With over 60 books under her belt, Nancy Carlson is a household name in families with young kids.  Find available books in our Author BookShop Store.

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