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Very few people get to make a living doing
what they truly love - I'm one of them.

Nancy's days are filled with interesting
challenges and discoveries.

One day she may document a robin building a nest, then surf the Internet for information on watersheds for an educational poster. Next, she's off for a weeklong residency with 5th graders. "Getting kids excited about doing research is a piece of cake, once you awaken their natural curiosity about the world around them," says Nancy. "It gives me an excuse to remain a kid at heart."


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When she was a youngster, Nancy spent many hours exploring the woods and creek next to her home in suburban Delaware. Returning home, she would empty her pockets of chunks of mica, purple sweet gum leaves or a preying mantis cocoon. A neighborhood artist inspired Nancy's love of nature with books such as Walden by Henry David Thoreau, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea. Nancy's first art teacher took her out to sketch on location, further honing her observation skills.

It wasn't until many years later that Nancy combined her art and love of nature with writing. Her first book, The Robins In Your Backyard, was inspired by years of work as a trained volunteer rehabilitator at Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research. "I got to see a lot of birds up close and personal," says Nancy. She started keeping a journal of bird activity around her home to see if they did the same things from year to year. The Robins In Your Backyard is in its third hardcover edition and second paperback edition. It has received the Parent Council seal as outstanding.

Selected Published Writing and Illustration

Red Knot – A Shorebird’s Incredible Journey: Design, text, and illustrations for a 32-page nonfiction picture book;Birdsong Books, Middletown, DE

Brandywine Creek State Park: Interpretive paintings for the newly-renovated nature center observation room; Wilmington, DE

Gordon's Pond State Park: Illustration for interpretive signage; Lewes, DE

Delaware Watersheds: Design, text and illustrations for a curriculum-based educational poster; Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Dover, DE

Raccoon Moon: Design, text and illustrations for a 32-page nonfiction picture book; Birdsong Books, Middletown, DE

The Robins In Your Backyard: Design, text and illustrations for a 32-page nonfiction picture book, awarded the Parent Council seal as outstanding; Birdsong Books,
Middletown, DE

Delaware Bay Shorebirds: Design, text and illustrations for a shorebird viewing guide;
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Dover, DE

Birds of Delaware: Cover art, species illustrations and art consultation for a breeding bird atlas; Delmarva Ornithological Society, Centerville, DE

Kids Page: Design, text and illustrations for a quarterly two-page spread; Outdoor Delaware magazine, Dover, DE

Kindermusik Adventures: Illustrations on animal habitats and children from around the world for ten music camps; Kindermusik International, Greensboro, NC

The Rock: Illustrations for a 32-page fiction picture book; Cucumber Island Storytellers, Nashville, TN

Growing with Kindermusik: Illustrations for two 32-page picture songbooks; Kindermusik International, Greensboro, NC

Opportunity Center, Inc.: Employee profiles for an annual calendar; Wilmington, DE

Middletown Transcript: Free lance writing for a weekly newspaper; Middletown, DE

Recent Professional Programs, Residencies,
Lectures and Workshops:

Getting Kids Hooked on Writing Nonfiction: One to two-week residencies in Claymont Elementary School; Allen Frear Elememtary School, DE; Garnet Valley Elementary School, PA

How Nonfiction Picture Books Are Made: Elementary schools throughout the Tri-State area - 4000 children in 1998-9; Delaware College of Art & Design

How to Write and Illustrate Nonfiction for Children: Diamond State Reading Assn. Conference; Ursuline Academy, Colonial School District, DE

Getting Published: Diamond State Branch of the League of American Pen Women Young Author's Workshop: Richardson Park Elementary School, DE; Reading Council of Delaware, Kent County DE, DSRA


Bachelor of Science in Graphic and Advertising Design
University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Master of Business Administration
Wilmington College, Wilmington, DE

Selected Professional Associations:

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Publishers Marketing Association
Council of Delaware Artists; President, 1992-1995
Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc.
Delaware Foundation for Visual Arts

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