Bonnie Larkin Nims

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General Information

Name: Bonnie Larkin Nims

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction

Born: in San Francisco, California

Died: 2008 in Gainesville, Florida

Illinois Connection

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.

Published Works

  • 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

ISBN: 0590440772
Release Date: 1992-05

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Where Is the Bear at School?

ISBN: 0807589357
Release Date: 1989-12

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Where Is the Bear?

ISBN: 0807589330
Release Date: 1988-01

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Where Is the Bear in the City?

ISBN: 0807589373
Release Date: 1992-09

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Always at home: The story of sea shells

ISBN: 0838210503
Release Date: 1970

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Yo quisiera vivir en un parque de juegos: I wish I lived at the playground

ISBN: 087955200X
Release Date: 1972

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Shenette Gets the Perfect Pet-Short E

ISBN: 0026860260
Release Date: 1997-06

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Otto and Oscar

ISBN: 0026860384
Release Date: 1995

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External Links

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