Carli Valentine

Author | Extra Special Heart

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Extra Special Heart

Extra Special Heart is a beautiful, inclusive story about a little boy with a Congenital Heart Defect. It highlights all of his beauty and strength, even though his heart has physical imperfections. This book teaches children about inclusion, and harvests pride amongst children with CHD who may feel frustrated or sad about having an "imperfect heart."



About Carli

Carli Valentine is a children's book author and illustrator who has always been passionate about writing and storytelling. From a young age, she admired the magic that exists within the pages of a book and has been entranced by it ever since.


As a child, Carli consistently begged her parents for visits to the library so she could hand-pick from the vast collection of magical works. Her parents frequently caught her hiding under her bed covers sneaking a book she could not put down long into the night. It must have been the warm, soft glow of the reading light that gave her away! 

Her goal, as a mother and author, is to share the magic of books with children so they can join her in her obsession for reading. Carli loves to create fun stories by gathering inspiration from her kids. She also strives to make a difference for children in areas she has personal personal ties to including: congenital heart defects, ADHD, emotional regulation, executive dysfunction, and airway disorders.

When she's not working on her children’s books, Carli likes to hang out with her family and volunteer at her son’s elementary school. She dedicates her time to various charities who serve children with heart defects. She has written CHD articles, and has been included in CHD magazine interviews.


Carli resides with her husband and two boys (Finnegan and Lochlan) in Ogden, Utah. She has authored several books including: Cutest Pumpkin in the Patch, Turkey Trot, Christmas is a Feeling, BIG Plans for Tomorrow, and EXTRA Special Heart, with many more in the works.


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