Nancy Roe Pimm is the author of several award-winning books for young readers.
Nancy volunteered as a docent for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in the 1980’s. After she took an animal handling class, the zoo entrusted her with a vanful of critters to take to local school assemblies. Another docent duty was to lead zoo tours. While giving the tours, Nancy discovered her fascination with gorillas, especially Colo and her family. In 2007, Nancy’s first book, The Heart of the Beast—Eight Great Gorilla Stories was published.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, she currently lives in Plain City, Ohio, with her retired race-car driver husband, their two dogs, two cats, and a python named Monty.
School Visits & Speaking Engagements
Nancy Roe Pimm speaks about writing and publishing, or on the topics of her books. Her new program is the true story of a World War II veteran and how he fought the war for over two years with a Yorkshire Terrier by his side. How did a Yorkie end up in a war zone in New Guinea? How did the soldier and his dog survive combat missions and kamikaze attacks? How did little Smoky save Bill’s life? Why is Smoky credited with being the first therapy dog, and how did she become a war dog hero? Please visit this link for more about Nancy Roe Pimm’s speaking.
FLY, GIRL, FLY!: SHAESTA WAIZ SOARS AROUND THE WORLD (2020)
“You must believe in yourself and allow your dreams to soar.” –Shaesta Waiz
Shaesta Waiz, a refugee from Afghanistan, dreamed of doing great things. But first she had to leave a refugee camp with her family to make a new life in America, overcome gender stereotypes, be the first in her family to go to college, and overcome her fear of flying. After becoming a pilot, Shaesta made the flight of a lifetime by crossing five continents, making thirty stops in twenty-two countries across nearly 25,000 nautical miles. At the age of thirty, Shaesta was the youngest woman and the first from Afghanistan to circumnavigate the globe by herself in a single-engine aircraft.
Fly, Girl, Fly! is the first authorized picture book biography of Shaesta Waiz. Backmatter includes more information about Shaesta’s mission to empower girls to pursue STEM careers, details about her historic trip around the world, information about her nonprofit organization Dreams Soar, and a personal note from Shaesta Waiz encouraging girls to pursue their dreams. (Ages 4-8)
SMOKY, THE DOG THAT SAVED MY LIFE: THE BILL WYNNE STORY (2019)
World War II soldier Bill Wynne met Smoky while serving in New Guinea, where the dog, who was smaller than Wynne’s army boot, was found trying to scratch her way out of a foxhole. After he adopted her, Smoky served as the squadron mascot and is credited as being the first therapy dog for the emotional support she provided the soldiers. When they weren’t fighting, Bill taught Smoky hundreds of tricks to entertain the troops. Smoky became a war hero herself at an airstrip in Luzon, the Philippines, where she helped save forty airplanes and hundreds of soldiers from imminent attack.
Readers will learn about World War II from an unusual perspective, witnessing the power of the bond between a soldier and his dog, and seeing how that bond continued through the exciting years following the war. (Ages 12+)
BONDED BY BATTLE: THE POWERFUL FRIENDSHIPS OF MILITARY DOGS AND SOLDIERS (2017)
Bonded by Battle explores the unbreakable bonds formed by military dogs and soldiers as they face life and death in the war zone. Learn how dogs and soldiers became one of the US military’s most effective weapons in this “accurate and fascinating” (Kirkus) history of Military Working Dog Teams. Author Nancy Roe Pimm tells the remarkable story of this evolving partnership through 12 canine-human relationships. These heroic, intelligent four-legged soldiers are always full of courage and a whole lot of heart. (Ages 12+)
THE JERRIE MOCK STORY: THE FIRST WOMAN TO FLY SOLO AROUND THE WORLD (2016)
Jerrie Mock dreamt of becoming a pilot since she was seven years old, just like her hero, Amelia Earhart. Jerrie Mock’s life story shows the reader how an ordinary person can do extraordinary things when she left her job as a housewife to fly around the world. When “The Flying Housewife” planned to circumnavigate the globe, another woman claimed she would be the first and the two women raced to see who would make the historic claim. (Ages 10+)