This Morning Sam Went to Mars: A Book about Paying Attention (Hardcover)

A Book about Paying Attention

By Nancy Carlson

Free Spirit Publishing, 9781575424330, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2013



Eight-year-old Sam is always daydreaming about exploring space and the deepest seas, which is awesome--except when he's supposed to be focusing on schoolwork or stuff at home. It seems like all he hears is, "Focus, Sam " and "Pay attention " The doctor says Sam is lucky: He has a very powerful brain But he does need some help focusing. She gives Sam and his dad lots of strategies to try, like staying organized, eating better food, and asking for help when he needs it. Sam's favorite strategy? Make time for imagination A note to adults gives extra tips for helping kids with attention struggles.

About the Author

Nancy Carlson is an accomplished children's book author and illustrator who has published more than 60 books. A lifelong Minnesotan, Nancy graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a major in printmaking. She believes that life should be fun for everyone, but especially for children. This optimistic message permeates her picture books and provides a positive counterpoint to much of what children are influenced by in today's society. Her characters convey positive messages without being "preachy." They gently remind children what is right.