Nancy is a retired high school Family Studies teacher and Guidance Counsellor who rarely goes anywhere without her camera. The curious little red squirrels in her backyard became the subjects of many of her photos. To make the photos more interesting, she started making squirrel size props (a barbecue, mailbox, washer and dryer, etc) and dioramas, and she lured 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 and the U.S., followed by three subsequent books in 2015 and 2016, and July 2018. 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 first two books have also been published in South Korea, Japan and by Scholastic Books. The first is also available as a board book for the youngest readers.
Nancy now looks after her two grandsons a couple days a week and photographs the expanding number of animal visitors in her backyard in Hubley.Publications
The Secret Life of Squirrels. Penguin Canada Books, 2014 and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014; Scholastic Inc., 2016
Merry Christmas, Squirrels! Penguin Canada Books, 2015 and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015; Scholastic Inc., 2016
The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015.
The Secret Life of Squirrels: Back to School! Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2018.
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 and 2018)