Author SpotLight – Claressa Swensen

Who is Claressa Swensen?

Claressa Swensen is an up and coming author of children’s books.  She has three picture books that are currently available for purchase via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


1. What inspired you to be an author?

Most of the jobs I’ve had are in the childcare industry. I used to read a lot of books to the children I cared for. Eventually I started to make up stories of my own that taught lessons that applied to our situation. One family I nannied for, had children that particularly hated naps. So I wrote Nap Time With Harry to try and make nap time a little more fun. I have to admit that the story itself didn’t persuade those kids to nap – like it was intended to, but it certainly added a fun element to our nap routine. Eventually I decided to publish my books and get them in the hands of all kids out there.
2. What is your favorite book?

My favorite book(s) are currently the ‘Pig the Pug’ series by Aaron Blabey. But that changes pretty regularly depending on what I’m reading. I mostly read picture books as I’m quite the child at heart.
3. Do you ever write under a pseudonym? If not have you considered it? Why or why not?

I haven’t ever considered writing under a pseudonym. Why hide your work behind a pen name? I’m proud of the stories I’ve written and I’m happy with the whole world knowing I wrote them.
4. How do you decide on character names and plots?

Honestly, I come up with character names at random. But I teach a lesson in each of my books and those lessons have so far been based on my experience as a childcare provider and what I believe we need more books to teach.
5. Do you have an advice for aspiring authors?

If you are passionate about writing, then write. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you can’t be successful in this industry. There may be a lot of us trying to get our books discovered, but those of us that want it bad enough, will succeed. Impossible is just an opinion.


Description from Goodreads:

Teensy doesn’t like being the smallest fairy in the forest, because none of the other fairies notice her. What do you think could make her bigger? Come fly around with Teensy and her friends to discover what makes a fairy grow!


Teensy The Littlest Fairy by Claressa Swensen and published by Youngster’s Kids, LLC in 2016.

What an adorable book for young readers! Teensy is very upset because she is so small. One day her friend helps her learn all about eating vegetables to get big and strong. I love the message of this book and I think that littles will, too. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and bring this story to live beautifully. I recommend this book for pre-school/toddler age children – particularly ones that love fairies and hate vegetables.

Rating:  5 Plot Monster Jr. Spiders


MDW original review.  Source:  PDF provided by author in exchange for an honest review.


Description from Goodreads:

Tony and Tina don’t like taking naps. But Harry the flying car teaches them that when you’re sleeping, anything is possible! Dream along with the twins in this entertaining short story for toddlers and young children.


Nap Time with Harry by Claressa Swensen was published in 2016 by Youngster’s Kids, LLC.

Tony and Tina are twins that really dislike nap time. However, they love using their imagination. In this cute story, they learn that dreams can bring your favorite characters to life. This is a sweet story that would be a great read for young readers that fight nap time. The artwork in this book is stunning and sure to capture the imagination of littles everywhere. I would definitely recommend this book for pre-school children.

Rating:  4 Plot Monster Jr. Spiders


MDW original review.  Source:  PDF provided by author in exchange for an honest review.


Description from Goodreads:

Dino Dino loves a lot of things. Such as toys, singing, and dressing like a king. But Dino Dino must stop his play, to work on his homework for school the next day. What do you think Dino Dino will decide to do? Follow along with Dino the Dinosaur to see what he learns today!


Dino Dino Doing Homework by Claressa Swensen was published in 2016 by the author.

Like most youngsters, Dino Dino loves to play. But, he doesn’t enjoy doing his homework quite as much. With a little patience and understanding, Dino is able to finish his homework with the help of his mother. Dino learns about the value of hard work and being able to take pride in a job well done. I love this book! I think this is a great book for young readers – pre-school age. Not only would I recommend this book to be read by parents and grandparents, but also by pre-school teachers that would like to encourage their students. The illustrations are absolutely amazing.

Rating: 5 Plot Monster Jr. Spiders


MDW original review.  Source:  PDF provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

11 thoughts on “Author SpotLight – Claressa Swensen

  1. Megan @ Ginger Mom says:

    I love this! Claressa is one of the best children’s authors I have had the privilege to get to know. I adore her books (my kids do, too!). And I agree – why hide your work behind a pseudonym? If you’re writing something you’re proud of, show it to the world! Great interview 🙂

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