About Nicole Popel
Questions and Answers
Q: Who’s in the photo?
A: My younger sister and I. We did everything together, along with my younger brother.
Q: Did you read a lot growing up?
A: Everyone in our family was a reader. We even had a special rule: NO READING AT THE DINNER TABLE.
Q: Why a photo of baby chicks?
A: My mom toted the preschool incubator home. Eggshells exploded everywhere, and we collected peeping fluffs of fuzz for hours. Some took days to find, like discovering a forgotten Easter egg at Thanksgiving.
Q: Tell us about the Eiffel Tower.
A: My college professor dad took a sabbatical from teaching. My mom’s French, so we lived in France for a year. I attended first grade, learned handwriting, and ate a lot of chocolate.
Q: Did you go to college?
A: Yep, for a long time. I have two teaching credentials, a specialist certificate, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Spending many years in regular and special education classrooms added reading, joy, and humor to my life. Plus lots of field trips.
Books and Birds
Q: Why a website with books and birds?
A: Birds are building blocks of biodiversity. Each species varies–unusual, unique, uncommon, yet they’re all birds. Books are like birds–different, distinct, diverse, yet they’re all books. Both birds and books bring ideas, imagination, and inspiration. Thanks to birds and books everywhere!
Nicole stocks the shelves
of her Little Free Library in Walnut, CA. As a member of SCBWI, blogger, and educator, she believes in promoting literacy and writes nonfiction picture books. Her passions are collective nouns, chocolate, and watching a wild red squirrel chase birds in her backyard.
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