Nancy Polette

Nancy Polette has written more than 170 books for youth, including books about World War II spies, flight nurses, and prisoners of war.

She taught elementary school for thirty years and directed gifted programs and school libraries for St. Louis County Schools. Her education career also includes thirty-seven years as a professor of education at Lindenwood University and director of the Laboratory School.

School Library Journal describes her as “an educator with imagination, creativity, and an appreciation for the intelligence of children.”

Nancy researched the life of Virginia Hall for five years to write The Spy with the Wooden Leg: The Story of Virginia Hall. She worked alongside illustrator, Paul Dillon, president of the Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum, to create N Is For Never Forget: POW-MIA A to Z, a middle grade nonfiction picture book honoring the legacies of prisoners of war and those missing in action.

She lives in O’Fallon, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.

Read about Nancy in this Books Make A Difference article.

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