Nancy is the author/photographer of 4 childrens book in the Secret Life of Squirrels series, and a new (2021) alphabet board book featuring Oakley the Squirrel. She is a retired high school Family Studies teacher and Guidance Counsellor. In 2010 she started making squirrel size props (a barbecue, mailbox, washer and dryer, etc) and dioramas, and she lured her backyard squirrels into her sets by hiding nuts. Her humorous photos of the squirrels appeared online and in newspapers and magazines world-wide. In 2014 her first children’s book, The Secret Life of Squirrels, was published in Canada, U.S. and Japan and South Korea. For classroom visits, Nancy brings along a tote box filled with some of her homemade props to show the students and she talks about the art and craft of recycling and being creative.
Nancy’s books are available in paperback to schools through Scholastic Books.
Nancy is available again for Google Meet sessions, which went over very well in the 2020 school year, and also for live classroom presentations.
The Secret Life of Squirrels (2014), Merry Christmas Squirrels (2015), The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story (2016), The Secret Life of Squirrels: Back to School (2018) Oakley the Squirrel: The Search for the Letter Z” (2021), The Secret Life of Squirrels Wall Calendars (2021, 2022)AWARDS
Short-listed for the Lillian Sheppard Award for Excellence in Illustration (2015), Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (Washington Library Media Association, 2016), selected for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (2017 to 2019)