Bonnie Larkin Nims
Pen Name: None
Born: in San Francisco, California
Died: 2008 in Gainesville, Florida
Nims lived in Chicago from 1961 - 1973. In 1976, she returned to Chicago and in 1982, she started spending her winters in Gainesville, Florida. She continued living in Chicago until 2005.
Biographical and Professional Information
Bonnie Larkin Nims was born in San Francisco, California. She grew up in California and Kansas and graduated from Mount Carmel Academy in Wichita. She graduated at the top of her Class from St. Mary's of Notre Dame, where she met her husband, The Poet John Frederick Nims.
Nims resided in Chicago after returning from Europe in 1961 where Mr. Nims was a Good will Ambassador for the United States. Bonnie wrote for Encyclopedia Britannica and many other publications. She was a gifted writer who published many children's books. She volunteered at Cabrini Green Housing project in Chicago where she loved teaching the young children about the joys of reading.
In 1973 Nims moved to Gainesville, Florida so that John could be a visiting professor at the University of Florida. Bonnie returned to Chicago with her husband in 1976 but they continued to spend their winters in Gainesville beginning in 1982. They resided in Chicago when her husband died in 1999 and she relocated full time to Gainesville, Florida in 2005.
- Just Beyond Reach and Other Riddle Poems, Scholastic Trade, 1992
- Where is the Bear At School?, Albert Whitman & Co., 1989
- Where is the Bear?, Albert Whitman & Co., 1988
- Where is the Bear in the City?, Albert Whitman & Co., 1992
- Always at Home: The Story of Sea Shells, E.M. Hale, 1970
- Yo quisera vivir en un perque de juegos: I Wish I lived at the Playground, J.P. O'hara, 1972
- Shenette Gets the Perfect Pet -Short E, SRA, 1997
- Otto and Oscar, SRA Macmillan/McGraw Hill, 1995
- Never Wake a Sleeping Snake, Hougton Mifflin, 2006
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Just Beyond Reach: And Other Riddle Poems
Release Date: 1992-05
Where Is the Bear at School?
Release Date: 1989-12
Where Is the Bear?
Release Date: 1988-01
Where Is the Bear in the City?
Release Date: 1992-09
Always at home: The story of sea shells
Release Date: 1970
Yo quisiera vivir en un parque de juegos: I wish I lived at the playground
Release Date: 1972
Shenette Gets the Perfect Pet-Short E
Release Date: 1997-06
Otto and Oscar
Release Date: 1995
Never Wake A Sleeping Snake (Watch Me Read)
Release Date: 2006-01-01
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