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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bonnie Larkin Nims  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in San Francisco, California

Died: 2008 in Gainesville, Florida

-- Bonnie Larkin Nims on WorldCat --

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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Just Beyond Reach: And Other Riddle Poems
ISBN: 0590440772

Scholastic. 1992

Fourteen ingenious riddle-poems test the imagination of children, who can turn the page to see a jubilant photographic interpretation of the mysterious verse.

Where Is the Bear at School?
ISBN: 0807589357

Albert Whitman & Co. 1989

Invites young readers to look for the concealed bear at school, in such familiar places as the story-time room, the art classroom, the lunchroom, and even the playground

Where Is the Bear?
ISBN: 0807589330

Albert Whitman & Co. 1988

Rhyming text asks the reader to find the hidden bear in each scene, with varying degrees of difficulty.

Where Is the Bear in the City?
ISBN: 0807589373

Albert Whitman & Co. 1992

Youngsters search the city as Bear hides in the subway, in a traffic jam, in a city park, on an apartment-lined street, and at a baseball game, in a colorful verse about all the intriguing things to see and do in the city.

Always at home: The story of sea shells
ISBN: 0838210503

E. M. Hale. 1970

Briefly explains the characteristics of mollusks and the shells they call home.

Yo quisiera vivir en un parque de juegos: I wish I lived at the playground
ISBN: 087955200X

J. P. O'Hara. 1972

Poems reflect the many opportunities for fun offered by parks and playgrounds.

Shenette Gets the Perfect Pet-Short E
ISBN: 0026860260

Sra. 1997

Otto and Oscar
ISBN: 0026860384

SRA - Macmillan/McGraw Hill. 1995

A elementary school book teaching about how the short "O" is used in English.

Never Wake A Sleeping Snake (Watch Me Read)
ISBN: 0395740177

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). 2006