It's Okay to Ask! | Gillette Children’s Healthcare Press

It's Okay to Ask!

An illustrated children's book to help kids understand how people of all abilities can be friends.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Written by the experts at Gillette, and illustrated by beloved Twin Cities artist Nancy Carlson, It's Okay to Ask! introduces five children who have disabilities or complex medical conditions. They love to read, play, tell jokes, and make friends. As you get to know the characters in the book and learn that it’s okay to ask questions, you will discover that everyone is more alike than you might think and that people of all abilities can be friends. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare cares for patients who have some of the most complex, rare and traumatic conditions in pediatric medicine, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Unlike other children’s hospitals, we don’t often talk about cures at Gillette because many of the conditions we treat are permanent and require lifelong care. But we know that with innovative medical and surgical intervention, proven therapies and orthotics, prosthetics and seating, and the support of compassionate health care professionals, children who have these conditions can thrive and live happy, healthy, productive lives.

Children who have disabilities and complex medical needs—and their families—have been at the center of our mission for more than 120 years. Learn more about how we’ve built on our long history to set the standard of care for some of the most challenging childhood conditions.

Nancy Carlson is an accomplished children’s book author and illustrator who has published more than 60 books. She is a life-long Minnesotan, born and raised in Edina, Minnesota. 

Nancy graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a major in printmaking, and shortly afterward became fascinated with children’s books while working at Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center. Nancy began to write her own stories and created accompanying drawings. It wasn’t long before she found herself approaching publishers with her own ideas for children’s books. 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.

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