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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

  • 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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Just beyond reach and other riddle poems /
ISBN: 0590440772. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. ©1992.

Fourteen short poems provide riddles for the reader to solve.

Where is the bear at school? /
ISBN: 0807589357. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Niles, Ill. :. 1989.

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

Where is the bear? /
ISBN: 0807589330. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Niles, Ill. :. 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. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. 1992.

The reader may try to find Bear in the illustrations as he takes part in many aspects of city life, including playing baseball, getting on the subway, and observing the city from a tall building.

Always at home;
ISBN: 0838210503. OCLC Number:

E.M. Hale,. Eau Claire, Wis.,. ©1970.

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

Yo quisiera vivir en un parque de juegos =
ISBN: 087955200X. OCLC Number:

J.P. O'Hara,. Chicago :. ©1972.

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

Shenette gets the perfect pet /
ISBN: 0026860260. OCLC Number:

SRA/Macmillan/McGraw-Hill,. [Worthington, Ohio] :. ©1995.

"SRA phonics."
ISBN: 0026860384. OCLC Number:

SRA/McGraw-Hill,. [Worthington, OH] :. ©1995.

Collection of child-centered stories containing rhythm and repetition to help children understand long and short vowels.

Never wake a sleeping snake /
ISBN: 0395740177. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. Boston, Mass. :. 1996.

Mike's constant yelling comes to an abrupt end when he discovers a sleeping snake in his house.