Nora Nickum

Writing for Children



I write fiction and nonfiction picture books, middle grade books, and stories for children’s magazines.

My wonderful day job is in ocean conservation and orca recovery, and fascinating marine animals often feature in my writing. Never heard of a ghost shrimp or wolf eel? Love whales? You've come to the right place.


But it's not all about the sea. You'll also find other outdoorsy stories, both humorous and lyrical, where you might just learn something new. So stay tuned!

I live on an island in Washington state, where my family and I love to explore tidepools, search for sea glass, watch whales from shore, and roam the fern-filled forests.


I am represented by Lynnette Novak of The Seymour Agency. 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 middle-grade nonfiction book on the amazing Southern Resident orcas, coming in April 2023 from Chicago Review Press!

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OTTO AND THE FLYING ORCA, a picture book  about a friendship between an orca and a "flying whale" seaplane. Illustrated by Bao Luu. Coming in June 2023 from West Margin Press!


"Underwater Music"

Cricket magazine

July/Aug 2020
Art by Agnes Loonstra



Cricket magazine

Jan 2022
Art by Juan Berrio

Hugo and the Seal - Nora Nickum and Becc

"Hugo and the Seal"

Cricket magazine

March 2021
Art by Becca Santo



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