Meet Nancy Viau, author of First Snow and others on Friday, August 23rd at 5:30pm!
Follow a group of children as they first set their eyes on new-fallen snow, rush to get on their clunky boots and funky hats, and scurry outside to a winter wonderland. They make a snowman, an igloo, and snow angels, and although pretty tired, they still find the energy for a friendly snowball fight. When at last they come inside, a peaceful twilight emerges and the kids find themselves tucked in cozy beds dreaming of more snowfall overnight. With its lively pace and short rhyming stanzas, First Snow captures the excitement of a wintry day filled with great outdoor fun.
From Nancy’s website
Nancy wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, Shaggy, the Dog, at age six. She carefully put it in her Radio Flyer wagon, went on her first book tour, and made sure every neighbor bought a copy for the bargain price of ten cents. Nancy then decided to quit while she was rich and famous, and did not return to writing for thirty-five years.
A graduate of West Chester University with a degree in Elementary Education, Nancy has been a teacher, a counselor in an after-school program, manager of a health club, and a fitness instructor. When the youngest of her four children ran off to preschool, she began writing again. Her articles, stories, and poems first appeared in Highlights, Highlights High Five, Ladybug, Babybug, Family Circle, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other magazines, newspapers, and anthologies.
Nancy’s first book, Samantha Hansen Has Rocks In Her Head (middle-grade novel for ages 8-12), was published in 2008. In 2019, the book was reissued by Schiffer Publishing, and it now has a whole new look with updated information. The sequel, Something Is Bugging Samantha Hansen, hits bookstores in September 2019. Her other middle-grade titles include Just One Thing! (2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Gold Award Winner) and Beauty and Bernice. Nancy is also the author of the following picture books: First Snow (2019 IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Award Winner), Storm Song, City Street Beat, Look What I Can Do!, Today Is A Beach Day!(forthcoming), and Pruett and Soo (forthcoming).
Nancy loves to present programs to elementary school children. With every funny, energetic presentation, she educates kids about the writing process and shares her journey to publication. She confesses to being a kid-at-heart, and easily relates to students of all ages.
She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the KidLit Authors Club, a group she founded that consists of children’s book authors who band together to get the word out about their books, and sign and present together at bookstores, libraries, festivals, and conferences. Nancy is a member of the Rutgers University Council of Children Literature where she volunteers with other authors and industry professionals to produce the Rutgers One-on-One Plus Conference, a mentoring conference that encourages aspiring writers.
Nancy splits her time between the New Jersey countryside, where cows and horses still outnumber the new houses, and the seashore, where she is employed as an assistant librarian. Aside from the young readers and terrific teachers she meets, she’s inspired by nature, travel, and her adventurous family.