Janet Nolan

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General Information

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Name: Janet Nolan

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1956 in Chicago, Illinois

Website: www.janetnolan.com

Email: janet@janetnolan.com

Illinois Connection

Nolan was born in Chicago and currently resides in Oak Park, Illinois. She also graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Janet Nolan has a B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a member of the Illinois chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Nolan was standing on the rocky shores of Ireland's west coast when she saw the perfect setting for her first picture book. The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh celebrates an Irish American family history and the stories they told. On his way to America from Ireland to escape the Potato Famine, young Fergus carves a shillelagh from his favorite blackthorn tree, and each St. Patrick's Day for generations, his story is retold by one of his descendants.

Published Works

  • The St. Patrick`s Day Shillelagh, Albert Whitman, 2002
  • A Father`s Day Thank You, Albery Whitman, 2007
  • The Firehouse Light, Tricycle Press, 2010
  • PB&J Hooray!: Your Sandwich`s Amazing Journey from Farm to Table, Albert Whitman, 2014
  • Seven and a Half Tons of Steel, Peachtree, 2016

Titles at Your Library

Literary Awards

The Firehouse Light

  • Starred Review, School Library Journal

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Nolan enjoys talking to students about writing. You can find out more about her presentations at the "School Visits" link of her website.

External Links

Janet Nolan on WorldCat


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