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Born: 1956 in Chicago, Illinois
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.
- 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
The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh (Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback)
Release Date: 2002-01-01
A Father's Day Thank You
Release Date: 2007-01-01
The Firehouse Light
Release Date: 2010-05-25
PB&J Hooray!: Your Sandwich's Amazing Journey from Farm to Table
Release Date: 2014-09-01
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.
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