Best-Selling Children’s Author
Nancy is a celebrated children’s author and retired teacher-librarian from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Her writing is inspired by her three children, her many students and the beautiful West Coast she’s been fortunate to call home her whole life.
Nancy has been a storyteller since before she could even print! By age 4, she was creating illustrations based on stories from her imagination. Once she could spell, she wrote a lot.
Her love of reading and writing led her to become a teacher-librarian, and eventually to become a children’s author. Nancy published numerous short stories and poems in the 1980s before releasing her first picture book in 1990. She has published twelve books to date.
In addition to reading and writing, Nancy loves to travel and practice yoga.
The Best Christmas Ever
It’s Christmas, so Ella and Toby’s mom has her list out: shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating. New clothes for the kids, Christmas photos, breakfast with Santa, Christmas cards. This party! That concert!
Where’s time for building a snowman or drinking cocoa by the fire? Toby and Ella already know the answer: there’s no time for that. So they batten down the hatches for another too busy, too tired holiday.
Until their exhausted mom oversleeps and misses an event. The kids coax her out into the snow to build that snowman and it’s so much fun that they try it again, and again.
Is it possible that their family can create a new kind of Christmas this year? If so, it will be the Best Christmas Ever.
Le meilleur des Noëls
Noël approche et une famille monoparentale se prépare pour les fêtes. Tout reste à faire et le temps manque. La mère prise au dépourvu revient sur les habitudes établies par les Noëls passés pour décorer, acheter des cadeaux et vivre les fêtes. Mais Stella et Léo ne voient plus les choses de la même manière et soumettent des idées nouvelles. La mère surprise par l’efficacité et la créativité des enfants acquiesce à leurs nouvelles façons de voir le magasinage, l’installation du décor et les gourmandises. Encouragés par leurs succès, Stella et Léo deviennent de plus en plus créatifs et impliqués dans les préparations. Leur mère leur donne toute la place et petit à petit le Noël traditionnel qui se préparait se transforme en une fête conçue par les enfants. Un Noël inoubliable pour la petite famille.
Stazy and the Magic List
Stazy, the new kid. Faye, Hali and Rena, longtime friends. They are grade seven students whose obvious similarity is Skills Class, where wonderful Mr. Locke helps them keep up with their class work.
But there’s a secret that ties the three longtime friends together, and when Stazy stumbles on it, she adds her own secret into the mix. These girls are supernaturals and no Skills Class can help them navigate life as a witch, a fairy, a mermaid and an angel. For that, they need each other.
A story about friendship and family, invisible friends and ghosts, poetry and magic.
Nancy loves traveling to schools around the Lower Mainland and all of BC to share her love of storytelling, reading and writing.
BC Book Prize Winner
Years as a Teacher-Librarian
The children listened enthusiastically to your reading of your new book. You have an intimate, quiet style which perfectly suits your lyrical, poetic stories. You gave the children a complete and rare literary experience and you filled out their understanding of this story by speaking about the book’s “dedication” and the process by which you get your ideas. You personalized their experience by telling them anecdotes about your own children who inspired the storybooks. Meeting an author is a special event in a child’s life, you have given these children something they will remember always.
– Sara Burton
Surrey Public Library – Fleetwood Branch