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Nancy Wilcox Richards

When Nancy Wilcox Richards was in grade one she told her classmate, Rosemary, that she was celebrating her birthday that very day, and Rosemary was invited to her party.  Unfortunately, Rosemary showed up at Nancy’s house that evening with a birthday present. You might ask, why was this unfortunate? Doesn’t everybody love to get presents? Well, there was just one teeny problem – it wasn’t Nancy’s birthday! This “birthday fib” eventually found its way into the story of How to Fix a Lie. 

“And that’s what authors do,” says Nancy. “Writing is like creating a recipe. We take bits and pieces of real life – things that are funny, interesting or heart-warming – and we add in some imagination; mix it up, and the result is a story.”  

Many of Nancy’s books draw on her experiences as an elementary teacher. Whether it’s facing the challenges of bullying, such as in How to Tame a Bully, or it’s reaching out to accept others, such as in How to Be a Friend, her books are sure to resonate with elementary kids. 

Nancy lives on a picture perfect lake in Nova Scotia. She loves spending time with her family; enjoys whiling away the time in her hammock on a warm summer’s day; and is convinced that chocolate can solve a lot of problems.


Awards

How to Be Brave, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2018

I Quit Grade One!, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2018

How to Get Awesome, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2016

We're All Friends Here, Short-listed, OLA Blue Spruce Award, 2016

We're All Friends Here, Short-listed, Rainforest of Reading Award, 2016

We're All Friends Here, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2015

Farmer Joe Baby-Sits, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2013

Farmer Joe Goes to the City, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2013

How to Fix a Lie, Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada), 2013

Farmer Joe Baby-Sits, Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2013

How to Be a Friend, Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2012

Farmer Joe Baby-Sits, Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 1997

Farmer Joe Goes to the City, Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 1991

Farmer Joe's Hot Day, Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 1990

Books

Farmer Joe Baby-Sits
Farmer Joe Goes to the City
Farmer Joe's Hot Day
How to Be a Friend
How to Be Brave
How to Fix a Lie
How to Get Awesome
How to Handle a Bully
How To Outplay A Bully
How to Tame a Bully
I Quit Grade One!
We're All Friends Here

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