Nutcracker Publishing Company



Publisher of the award-winning children’s picture books:

Tickles Tabitha's Cancer-tankerous Mommy

Tickles Tabitha’s Cancer-tankerous Mommy

Nuclear Power: How a Nuclear Power Plant Really Works!

Nuclear Power: How a Nuclear Power Plant Really Works!









Our small independent company was founded in order to publish a contentious niche topic that others rejected.  You may be surprised to discover that topic was CANCER!

Tickles Tabitha’s Cancer-tankerous Mommy is a children’s book about a family coping with a mom’s cancer diagnosis.

When our book was published in 2001, cancer was often a taboo topic, and talking to young children about issues pertaining to cancer was not always met with enthusiasm.

But even before its publication the book received the endorsements of the National Oncology Nurses Association, and Barr Laboratories, makers of the breast cancer treatment, Tamoxifen.  The book and its author helped pioneer cancer resources for children dealing with a parent’s cancer.

Today, Tickles Tabitha’s Cancer-tankerous Mommy is recommended for families coping with cancer by both literary and health care professionals across the country.  It has been featured by media such as: The Rosie O Donnell ShowABCFoxCBSMSNBC’s Today’s First Person, and the syndicated lifestyle and entertainment show Daytime.

In 2010 Nutcracker Publishing introduced another contentious and controversial children’s book topic:  Nuclear Power: How a Nuclear Power Plant Really Works!, an educational and entertaining look at the inner workings of a nuclear power plant.

The book offers parents and educators an opportunity to teach children about nuclear energy in a fun and informative way without boring them to sleep – and as the late, esteemed nuclear expert Dr. Theodore Rockwell put it, “ without scaring them witless.”

We never imagined that a nuclear emergency would once again make nuclear power plants front page news, but the Fukushima crisis in Japan did just that.  Prior to this, even nuclear industry professionals yawned at the mention of a children’s book about nuclear power plants.  We had all but pulled the plug on our book when Japan’s nuclear disaster occurred.

If ever there was a time to talk to children about nuclear power, we thought that was it. Not everyone agreed, but talking to children about topics that people found uncomfortable was how Nutcracker Publishing Company came to exist.

Whether it is about cancer or nuclear power plants, we believe our books make it easier to establish a dialogue as they educate and entertain both children and adults.

What’s all the fuss about?  What makes a nuclear power plant nu-cle-ar?

Crack Open a Book!about Nuclear Power!

Birderson Cooper LIVE with The Meltdown.


Amelia Frahm’s appearance on Daytime.