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Short Bio

Carrie Finison writes picture books with humor and heart, including DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS (Putnam, July 2020) and the forthcoming books DON'T HUG DOUG (2021) and HURRY, LITTLE TORTOISE (2022). She lives in the Boston area with her family. Find her online at or on Twitter @CarrieFinison.

Longer 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 is DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS (Putnam, July 2020), and she has two more in the works: DON’T HUG DOUG (January, 2021) and HURRY, LITTLE TORTOISE (Summer, 2022). 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.

Book Descriptions & Info

Dozens of Doughnuts

Illustrated by Brianne Farley

(G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, July 21, 2020)

ISBN: 978-0525518358

Dozens of Doughnuts - Penguin/Random House page

Description: A generous but increasingly put-upon bear makes batch after batch of doughnuts for her woodland friends without saving any for herself in this delightful debut picture book about counting, sharing, and being a good friend.

LouAnn (a bear) is making a doughnut feast in preparation for her long winter’s nap. But just before she takes the first bite, DING DONG! Her friend Woodrow (a woodchuck) drops by. LouAnn is happy to share her doughnuts, but as soon as she and Woodrow sit down to eat, DING DONG! Clyde (a raccoon) is at the door. One by one, LouAnn’s friends come over–Topsy (an opossum) and then Moufette (a skunk) and then Chip and Chomp (chipmunks)–until it’s one big party. Louann welcomes her surprise guests and makes batch after batch of doughnuts, always dividing them equally among her friends. But she makes one BIG miscalculation. Soon LouAnn’s kitchen is bare, winter is near, and she’s had nothing to eat at all!

Themes: Friendship, sharing, social-emotional learning, math, division, hibernation

The TODAY Show: Top 25 Best Summer Reads for Kids

• Amazon Editors' Pick: Best Books of the Month - July, 2020 (Ages 3-5)

• Junior Library Guild Selection

Publisher's Weekly Review - 5/18/20

"The combination of delicious treats and tantalizing delay keeps the tension high, and the cooperative kitchen antics of LouAnn’s guests as they attempt to redress their wrongs...deliver as much satisfaction as the new doughnuts themselves."

Washington Independent Review of Books - 7/27/20

"Kids will enjoy the clever rhymes so much they won’t suspect they’re getting a math lesson in the process."


Don't Hug Doug

Illustrated by Daniel Wiseman

(G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, January 26, 2021)

ISBN: 978-0525518358

Don't Hug Doug - Penguin/Random House page

Description: Meet Doug, an ordinary kid who doesn’t like hugs, in this fun and exuberant story which aims to spark discussions about bodily autonomy and consent.

Doug doesn’t like hugs. He thinks hugs are too squeezy, too squashy, too squooshy, too smooshy. He doesn’t like hello hugs or goodbye hugs, game-winning home run hugs or dropped ice cream cone hugs, and he definitely doesn’t like birthday hugs. He’d much rather give a high five–or a low five, a side five, a double five, or a spinny five. Yup, some people love hugs; other people don’t. So how can you tell if someone likes hugs or not? There’s only one way to find out: Ask! Because everybody gets to decide for themselves whether they want a hug or not.

Themes: Bodily autonomy, consent, friendship, social-emotional learning

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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!


My debut picture book, Dozens of Doughnuts, illustrated by Brianne Farley, will be published by Putnam in summer, 2020. And I'm thrilled to share two more in the works: Don't Hug Doug, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman, coming from Putnam in spring, 2021; and Hurry, Little Tortoise! illustrated by Erin Balzer, coming from Random House in summer, 2022.

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