Nancy Luenn

Nancy Luenn


B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1978

Publication Types

Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children's Books


Nancy Luenn

Biographical Note

Nancy Luenn grew up in Los Angeles, California. Her family made frequent visits to the zoo and museums. On camping trips to the mountains and deserts, her parents taught her the names of plants and animals, and how to be respectful of the earth.

Nancy graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. While at Evergreen, she pursued her interests in art, education and natural history. She became an avid whitewater kayaker, learned to ski, and lived for a year in a tipi.

She is the author of 14 books for children and teenagers, and editor of A Horse's Tale.

During her years as a writer, she gave presentations at schools and conferences in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Australia and Venezuela.

Nancy and her husband live on Whidbey Island in Washington State. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, listening to opera, "messing about in boats" and walking on the beach.

Her current creative expression is making art quilts.

Latest Publication

Celebrations of Light: A Year of Holidays Around the World, Atheneum, 1998. Illustrated by Mark Bender.

Additional Publications

Otter Play, Atheneum, 1998. Illustrated by Anna Vojtech.
A Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead, Rising Moon, 1998. Illustrated by Robert Chapman.
The Miser on the Mountain: A Nisqually Legend of Mount Rainier, Sasquatch Books, 1997. Illustrated by Pierr Morgan.
Nessa's Story, Atheneum, 1994. Illustrated by Neil Waldman.
El Cuento De Nessa (Libros Colibri), Atheneum, 1994. Illustrated by Neil Waldman, Translated by Alma Flor Ada.
La Pesca De Nessa (Libros Colibri), Atheneum, 1994. Illustrated by Neil Waldman, Translated by Alma Flor Ada.
Squish: A Wetland Walk, Atheneum, 1994. Illustrated by Ronald Himler.
Song for the Ancient Forest, Atheneum, 1993. Illustrated by Jill Kastner.
Mother Earth, Atheneum, 1992. Illustrated by Neil Waldman.
Goldclimbers, Atheneum, 1991.
Nessa's Fish, Atheneum, 1990; Reissued - Simon and Schuster, 1997. Illustrated by Neil Waldman.
Unicorn Crossing, Atheneum, 1987. Illustrated by Peter E. Hanson.
Arctic Unicorn, Atheneum, 1986.
The Dragon Kite, Harcourt Brace Jovanovitch, 1982 (Reissued 1993) Illustrated by Michael Hague.
Ugly Princess, Little, Brown and Company, 1981. Illustrated by David Weisner.
A Horse's Tale: Ten Adventures in 100 Years, Parenting Press, 1988. Edited by Nancy Luenn, Illustrated by Connie J. Pope.

Publication Excerpt

From Otter Play, Atheneum, 1998:

Otter Play Sample