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Hazard, KY



As a former elementary school librarian with a Master’s degree in library science from University of Kentucky, Nancy Kelly Allen has turned her evening ritual of writing children’s stories into a fulltime career. She says that storytelling runs in her family and that after the supper dishes were done, “spinning yarns” was how her father entertained her as a child.

Nancy lives in the same log cabin where she was born along Troublesome Creek in Knott County, Kentucky. She has written six children’s books including; Daniel Boone: Trailblazer, Once Upon a Dime, Whose Food is This?, Whose Work is This?, Whose Sound is This?, On the Banks of the Amazon, and The Munched-Up Garden. Nancy’s writings are informed by her rural Appalachian region and by her experiences working with children as an elementary school librarian. Her book, On the Banks of the Amazon is the winner of the Appalachian Writers Association Children’s Book of the Year Award. It is not only vibrantly illustrated by Betty Driessen, but is bi-lingual as well, with the text in English repeated by text in Spanish and a language vocabulary page at the end of the book.

Works by Nancy Kelly Allen can be found at regional Booksellers and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.