Author Bio

Carrie Finison began her literary career at the age of seven with an idea, a box of markers, and her father’s typewriter. She has been writing off and on ever since, though she has (somewhat regretfully) traded in the typewriter for a laptop. Her debut picture book, DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS, released in 2020, and her second book, DON’T HUG DOUG hits the shelves January 26, 2021, with several more picture books in the works. When she’s not writing, Carrie enjoys reading mystery novels, trying new recipes, and curling up on the couch for family movie nights. She lives outside Boston with her husband, son, daughter, and two cats who permit her to write in their cozy attic office. Find her online at or on Twitter @CarrieFinison.


• 2014 Barbara Karlin picture book Work-in-Progress grant from SCBWI.

• 2015 Peg Davol picture book scholarship from New England SCBWI.

More About Me...

I’ve always loved to read and knew I wanted to find a way to work with words. For about 15 years, I worked in educational publishing first as an editor and content writer and then as a producer of educational software products at Tom Snyder Productions/ Scholastic. These exciting, creative jobs involved a lot of writing for both students and teachers, but they left me with little creative energy for my own writing.


Like many parents, my real writing journey began when my son was born and I started reading to him. I think I looked forward to our library trips or a new magazine arriving in the mail almost more than he did. As I was reading, I’d think to myself, “I could write this.” And so I tried and found out that…I couldn’t! At least, not without a lot of practice. But I committed myself to practicing as much as I could, took some classes, read some books, and got brave enough to submit some of my work. I also found many wonderful communities of writers including SCBWI, the Writer's Loft, The Poets' Garage, 12x12, KidLit411, and more. Writing can be solitary, so it's great to be a part of these supportive groups.


For now, I mostly write picture books, poetry, and short stories, with a middle grade plot or two burbling around in my brain.

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I've been reading children's books all my life and I'm delighted that now I get to write them, too!


I write picture books about friendship, sharing, doughnuts, and math (Dozens of Doughnuts, illustrated by Brianne Farley), books about consent and asking for a hug (Don't Hug Doug, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman), books about sisters (Lulu & Zoey, illustrated by Brittany Jackson), books about trying your hardest to be on time (Hurry, Little Tortoise! illustrated by Erin Kraan), and books that I can't even tell you about yet!

I also write poems, stories, and articles for children's magazines like Babybug, Ladybug, High Five, and Highlights.