Writing for Children
I write fiction and nonfiction picture books and middle grade books, often with elements of science and exploring the natural world. My stories and articles have also appeared in children’s magazines like Cricket, Muse, and Ladybug.
I live on an island in Washington state, where my family and I love to explore tide pools, search for sea glass, watch whales from shore, and trek through the fern-filled forests.
In addition to writing, I also lead ocean conservation policy work for the Seattle Aquarium. I'm often inspired to feature marine animals in my stories, from whales and octopuses to wolf eels and harbor seals.
I am represented by Lynnette Novak of The Seymour Agency, and I am an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Western Washington. I have a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
A press kit bio can be found here.
BOOKS & STORIES
SUPERPOD: Saving the Endangered Orcas of the Pacific Northwest
Meet the playful and beloved Southern Resident orcas and the people working to save them from extinction using tactics that vary from medicine and laws to drones and dogs.
Nonfiction for ages 8-12--& up!
4/11/23, Chicago Review Press.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
"Inspiring and compelling" - Booklist
Order from your local independent bookstore, Bookshop.org, Seattle Aquarium, Barnes & Noble, Amazon
Add SUPERPOD to your Goodreads "want to read" shelf!
More details, interviews, and reviews available in the press kit
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Art by Agnes Loonstra
Text © 2020 by Nora Nickum, art © 2020 by Agnes Loonstra. Reprinted by permission of Cricket Media. All rights reserved.
3 articles in Muse magazine, Feb. 2022. Click for PDFs:
From the Air (orca friendships & gray whale headstands!)
Used by permission. © 2022 Cricket Media.
Art by Becca Santo
Text © 2021 by Nora Nickum, art © 2021 by Becca Santo. Reprinted by permission of Cricket Media. All rights reserved.
"The Penguin and the Heron"
Art by Shannon Bergin
Art by Nicole Wong
Text © 2022 by Nora Nickum, art © 2022 by Nicole Wong. Reprinted by permission of Cricket Media. All rights reserved.
"Tiny Critters, Massive Migration"
Art by Juan Berrio