Nancy Carpenter

Books by This Illustrator

A Picnic in October

Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter
Age Level: 6-9

Tony is not looking forward to his family's annual picnic at Liberty Island in October. Nevertheless, his grandmother insists that they maintain the tradition of celebrating her birthday with Lady Liberty. At first it doesn't seem like much fun — until Tony finally begins to understand why the Statue of Liberty means so much to his grandmother. Lovely colorful acrylic paintings bring this special tribute to life.

Apples to Oregon

Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter
Age Level: 3-6

This richly told original tale provides a glimpse at one family's trek from Iowa to Oregon where they begin an orchard. As daughter Delicious describes it, the fruit trees get a bigger wagon than the family.

Heroes of the Surf

Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter
Age Level: 3-6
En route to New York City from South America in 1882, the Pliny runs aground in rough water. In a riveting imagined first person account, Anthony's voice brings to life the rescue of passengers from a British ship, with evocative descriptions. Dramatic illustrations enhance the detail. An afterword provides additional historical detail.

Imogene's Last Stand

Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter
Age Level: 6-9
Imogene's town has abandoned the building which she makes into a museum. Can feisty Imogene save the museum from destruction in the name of progress? She finds a letter (George Washington slept there!), protests, and puts herself in a stockade until the building is saved. This book is fast, funny, and rich with an appreciation for history.

Lucky Ducklings

By: Eva Moor
Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter
Age Level: 3-6
While Mama Duck and her five ducklings left their pond for a trip to town, the ducklings fall into trouble. With help from the townspeople, the Duck family is reunited in this handsomely illustrated, touching story based on an actual event.

My Uncle Emily

Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter
Age Level: 6-9
Thomas (aka Gib) Gilbert's aunt, Emily Dickinson, gave him a poem and a dead bee to share in school. Because no one understands it, Gib defends his aunt (who jokingly tells him to call her "uncle") and gets into a fight. Gib learns, however, to tell the truth, "but tell it slant…" This engaging glimpse of a poet and her family is based on actual events revealed in free verse and delicate illustration.

Sitti's Secret

Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter
Age Level: 6-9

Warmly evoking the universality of a child's relationship with her grandmother, this book follows a girl's journey to a small village in Palestine, where she comes to know her grandmother Sitti. Once back in the United States, the child recalls the sights, sounds, and culture of Palestine as well as the commonalities between the Arabic and English speaking worlds.