Nan's Donut Dilemma

Nan’s Donut Dilemma is a sweet (no pun intended) story about how one single mom helps her 6 year old daughter understand why she doesn't have a dad. The story is about love, laughter, understanding and donuts!!

About the real Nan

Meet Nan

Nan is a smart, creative and funny first grader. She LOVES to read, play with her best friends Sophie and Sam and make her mom laugh as often as possible. She really does love donuts and her favorite donut shop is Yo Yo Donuts in Minnetonka, MN. Her favorite donut is the mini marshmallow, carmel and chocolate donut. Try it! The Real Nan And whatʼs really funny is that when I wrote this book, Nanʼs front tooth was wiggly and about to come out. Hereʼs a picture showing what her front teeth look like now. She really does have a "no front tooth" smile, just like her friend Sam.

Download Nan's Donut Coloring Sheet (PDF, 580KB)

About the Author & Illustrator

Mary E. Ryan

Mary E. Ryan

After receiving an MBA and spending years marketing everything from banking products to concrete block, Mary decided to put her career on hold to focus on her family. She has recently restarted her career — as a writer of children’s stories. Now readers can see what Mary's family and friends have always seen: no matter what the subject, her big heart and whimsical humor will lighten the mood. Mary finds her inspiration from her family and friends — in this case, her sister, Jean, and Jean's daughter, Nan. Mary and her husband, Dave, live in Eden Prairie, MN, with their four children, all talented in their own particular ways!

Colleen Muske

Colleen Muske

Colleen has been drawing, painting and creating one thing or another most of her life, but it wasn't until she took a children's book illustration class at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design that she found her passion. Colleen's illustrations naturally lean toward the unexpected, whether it be patterns that create textures that are almost 3D or color tones that remind us of primary colors but are rendered with a contemporary twist. Colleen and her husband are the parents of two equally creative girls, and live in Minnesota with three cats and three dogs. No lizards — unless you count her drawings.


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ISBN: 978-1-59298-346-9
Size: 12" x 8"
By: Mary E. Ryan
Subject: Children's
Format: High quality soft cover, 36 pp Pub Date: October – 2011

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