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Nancy Loewen

Nancy Loewen grew up on a farm in southwestern Minnesota, surrounded by library books and cats. She’s published nearly 140 books for children and young adults. Four to the Pole (co-authored with polar explorer Ann Bancroft) and The LAST Day of Kindergarten were Minnesota Book Award finalists. Her Writer’s Toolbox Series received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers. Loewen has also received awards from The American Library Association, the New York Public Library, and the Society of School Librarians International. She lives in Saint Paul and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. She likes to read, cook, take long walks, and photograph oddities from thrift stores.

Recent & Notable Works



Individual Titles

Baby Wants Mama (Two Lions, 2012)

The LAST Day of Kindergarten (Two Lions, 2011)

Four to the Pole!: The American Women’s Expedition to Antarctica, 1992–93, with Ann Bancroft (Linnet Books, 2001)

Poe: a Biography (Creative Education, 1993)

Smithsonian Little Explorer Series (Pebble Books, 2020)

Grace Hopper: The Woman Behind Computer Programming

Bright Start Board Books Series (Quarto Publishing, 2019)

One More Time: A Story about Perseverance

My Turn, Your Turn: A Story about Sharing

A Thank You Walk: A Story about Gratitude

Feel Better, Daddy: A Story about Empathy

The Other Side of the Fable Series (Picture Window Books, 2019)

The Lion and the Mouse, Narrated by the Timid but Truthful Mouse

The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Narrated by the Sheepish but Truthful Wolf

The Ants and the Grasshopper, Narrated by the Fanciful but Truthful Grasshopper

The Tortoise and the Hare, Narrated by the Silly but Truthful Tortoise

The Other Side of the Story Series (Picture Window Books, 2012–2019)

For Real, I Paraded in My Underpants! The Story of the Emperor’s New Clothes as Told by the Emperor (2018)

Listen, My Bridge Is SO Cool! The Story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff as Told by the Troll (2018)

Believe Me, I Never Felt a Pea! The Story of the Princess and the Pea as Told by the Princess (2016)

Trust Me, Hansel and Gretel Are Sweet! The Story of Hansel and Gretel as Told by the Witch (2016)

Frankly, I Never Wanted to Kiss Anybody! The Story of the Frog Prince as Told by the Frog (2014)

No Kidding, Mermaids are a Joke! The Story of the Little Mermaid as told by the Prince (2014)

Seriously, Snow White was SO Forgetful! The Story of Snow White as told by the Seven Dwarves (2013)

No Lie, I ACTED Like a Beast! The Story of Beauty and the Beast as told by the Beast (2013)

Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks! The Story of the Three Bears as Told by Baby Bear (2012)

Write This Way Series (Lerner, 2016)

Writing Powerful Persuasive Pieces

Writing Outstanding Opinion Pieces

Go Go Global Series, with Paula Skelley (Picture Window Books, 2016)

Clothing of the World

Food of the World

Homes of the World

People of the World

Girl Talk Series, with Paula Skelley (Picture Window Books, 2015)

Besties, Sleepovers, and Drama Queens: Questions and Answers About Friends

Lunch Lines, Tryouts, and Making the Grade: Questions and Answers About School

Siblings, Curfews, and How to Deal: Questions and Answers About Family Life

Tangles, Growth Spurts, and Being You: Questions and Answers About Growing Up

Girl Talk: Questions and Answers about Daily Dramas, Disasters, and Delights (compilation)

The Other Side of the Myth Series (Picture Window Books, 2014-2015)

Helen of Troy Tells All: Blame the Boys (2015)

Cyclops Tells All: The Way EYE See It (2014)

Pandora Tells All: Not the Curious Kind (2014)

Language on the Loose Series (Picture Window Books, 2013-2016)

The BIG Problem (and the Squirrel Who Eventually Solved It): Understanding Adjectives and Adverbs (2016)

The Duckster Ducklings Go to Mars: Understanding Capitalization (2016)

Frog. Frog? Frog!: Understanding Sentence Types (2013)

Life’s Challenges Series (Picture Window Books, 2011)

Good-bye, Jeepers: What to Expect When Your Pet Dies

Saying Good-bye to Uncle Joe: What to Expect When Someone You Love Dies

Animal Hero Series (Picture Window Books, 2015)

Scarlett the Cat to the Rescue: Fire Hero

Ways To Say It Series (Picture Window Books, 2011)

You’re Toast and other Metaphors We Adore

Talking Turkey and Other Clichés We Say

Stubborn as a Mule and Other Silly Similes

She Sells Seashells and Other Tricky Tongue Twisters

Writer’s Toolbox Series (Picture Window Books, 2010)

Action! Writing Your Own Play

It’s All About You: Writing Your Own Journal

Just the Facts: Writing Your Own Research Report

Make Me Giggle: Writing Your Own Silly Story

Once Upon a Time: Writing Your Own Fairy Tale

Share a Scare: Writing Your Own Scary Story

Show Me a Story: Writing Your Own Picture Book

Sincerely Yours: Writing Your Own Letter

Words, Wit, and Wonder: Writing Your Own Poem

Ready, Set, Count! Series (Child’s World, 2010)

Six Town

Seven Town

Eight Town

Ten Town

Tongue Twisters: Read-It! Series (Picture Window Books, 2009)

Gordon Grizwald’s Grumpy Goose

Lady Lulu Liked to Litter

Amazing Science: Planets Series (Picture Window Books, 2008)

Nearest to the Sun: the Planet Mercury

Brightest in the Sky: the Planet Venus

Our Home Planet: Earth

Seeing Red: the Planet Mars

The Largest Planet: Jupiter

Ringed Giant: the Planet Saturn

Sideways Planet: Uranus

Farthest from the Sun: the Planet Neptune

Dwarf Planets: Pluto, Charon, Ceres, and Eris

Word Fun Series (Picture Window Books, 2007)

If You Were an Antonym

If You Were a Conjunction

If You Were a Homonym or a Homophone

If You Were an Interjection

If You Were a Preposition

If You Were a Pronoun

Money Matters Series (Picture Window Books, 2005–2006)

Cash, Credit Cards, or Checks: a Book about Payment Methods

In the Money: a Book about Banking

Lemons and Lemonade: a Book about Supply and Demand

Let’s Trade: a Book about Bartering

Taxes, Taxes! Where the Money Goes

That Costs Two Shells: the History of Money

Save, Spend, or Donate?: a Book about Managing Money

Ups and Downs: a Book about the Stock Market

Backyard Bugs Series (Picture Window Books, 2004–2006)

Busy Buzzers: Bees in Your Backyard

Bzzz, bzzz!: Mosquitoes in Your Backyard

Chirp, Chirp! Crickets in Your Backyard

Dancing Dragons: Dragonflies in Your Backyard

Garden Wigglers: Earthworms in Your Backyard

Flying Colors: Butterflies in Your Backyard

Hungry Hoppers: Grasshoppers in Your Backyard

Living Lights: Fireflies in Your Backyard

Night Fliers: Moths in Your Backyard

Spotted Beetles: Ladybugs in Your Backyard

Tiny Workers: Ants in Your Backyard

Weaving Wonders: Spiders in Your Backyard

Great Inventions Series, under the pseudonym Jean Allen (Smart Apple Media, 2004)



Dog Breeds Series, under the pseudonym Jean Allen (Smart Apple Media, 2004)


German Shepherds

Kids Talk Series (Picture Window Books, 2003)

Do I Have To?: Kids Talk about Responsibility

How Could You?: Kids Talk about Trust

I Can Do It!: Kids Talk about Courage

No Fair!: Kids Talk about Fairness

Treat Me Right!: Kids Talk about Respect

We Live Here Too!: Kids Talk about Good Citizenship

Natural Disasters Series (Capstone High-Interest Books, 2001–2002)





Notebooks Series (Creative Editions, 1999)

Jack London

Ovations Series (Creative Education, 1999)

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Greek and Roman Mythology Series (RiverFront Books, 1999)





Safety Sense Series (Child’s World, 1997)

Bicycle Safety


Fire Safety

Home Safety

Outdoor Safety

School Safety

Traffic Safety

Water Safety

Voices in Poetry Series (Creative Editions, 1994)

Walt Whitman

International Food Library Series (Rourke Publications, 1991)

Food in France

Food in Germany

Food in Greece

Food in Israel

Food in Korea

Food in Spain

Great Cities of the USA Series (Rourke Enterprises, 1989)




Washington, D.C.

Profiles in Music Series (Rourke Enterprises, 1989)

The Beatles


James Brown

Johnny Cash


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