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Beloved Children's Author & Illustrator Nancy Carlson Selected for Fellowship in Children's Literature

photo credit Craig Perman

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – July 20, 2015 – Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, is pleased to announce that cherished children’s author and illustrator Nancy Carlson has been named the first recipient of the Capstone Fellowship in Children’s Literature. The fellowshiprecognizes authors and illustrators who inspire young readers and enhance innovation and diversity in literature for children and young adults. As a Capstone fellow, Carlson will spend a month in residence at the Anderson Center, a preeminent nationally-recognized residential arts center in Red Wing, Minnesota.

Nominations and selections for the newly established Capstone Fellowship in Children’s Literaturewere fielded by a committee including Lisa Von Drasek, curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries, and Capstone staff members led by Michael Dahl, Capstone creative concept director.

“Nancy has had a long career as an author-illustrator, and she’s a community-minded artist. We considered and ultimately selected her because she’s done so much artistically and she’s been an active member of the children’s literature community for many years,” said Dahl.  

Carlson has written and illustrated more than 60 children’s books in her 35-year career, creating charming stories with memorable characters such as Louanne pig, Harriet the dog, Henry the mouse, and George the rabbit. Recognition for her work includes several Reading Rainbow selections, the Children’s Choice Award from the International Literacy Association (formerly International Reading Association) and Children’s Book Council, the Minnesota Children’s Museum Great Friends to Kids Award, the 2010 Kerlan Award from the Children’s Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota Libraries, and many others. She speaks as a guest author and illustrator in over 150 classrooms, libraries, and conferences each year.

“I am very excited to have the chance to spend a month concentrating on my picture book writing and illustrating. In my 35 years in the book business I don't think I have ever given myself a month of uninterrupted time to work. I can't wait to see how some of my new ideas progress! My dream has been to work at the Anderson Center since seeing it years ago at the first Children's Book Festival. Now I have the chance to work there for the month of October and concentrate on what I love doing best, writing picture books! Thank you Capstone for this wonderful gift,” said Carlson.

The Anderson Center is situated on the sprawling grounds of an estate near the Cannon and Mississippi rivers in Red Wing, Minn. The Center serves creative people of all kinds—writers, poets, visual artists, sculptors, composers, dancers, scholars, and others from across the country. At the Anderson Center, resident fellows are provided room and board in a historic residence, along with plenty of space and time to work.

“What a wonderful choice as the inaugural resident of the Capstone Fellowship at the Anderson Center. I have been a fan of Nancy’s work for years and she is a most perfect choice,” said Robert Hedin, executive director of the Anderson Center.

The Capstone Fellowship in Children’s Literature is awarded to authors and illustrators in alternating years. In 2016 it will be awarded to an illustrator. Guidelines for the 2016 prize will be available this fall with applications due in January.


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