Nancy grew up in Massachusetts and can’t remember a time when she wasn’t constantly drawing and writing. She majored in Painting at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and graduated with the Excellence in Art Award. Nancy decided to write and illustrate her own children’s books after she had her first daughter and found her love for children’s literature as she visited the library as a new mother. Wanting to express her creativity through this medium, “Palm Trees”, inspired by her daughter, was published in 1993. Since then, Nancy has illustrated over 40 books and written 8 of her own.
Nancy’s books and illustrations have been the recipients of many awards, including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, the Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, American Booksellers Association’s Pick of the Lists, and the Society of School Librarians’ International Honor Book. Her stories, illustrations, paintings, and poems have been featured in many exhibits, collections, and children’s magazines around the world.
Nancy and her husband, Michael, live in the historic village of Somerset, Massachusetts. They have two daughters, Melissa and Kate, one son, John, and a dachshund who many of her characters are based on, named Frankie.
To see what projects Nancy Cote is up to nowadays, you can visit her website and her Twitter.