By Jenna Morton
If you've been to the Moncton Public Library over the past 30 years, you've likely met author Nancy Cohen. She spent 27 years stocking the shelves, helping people find the right books at the right times. Now she's the one with a book on the shelves.
Here Babies, There Babies is Nancy's first children’s book — published in time for her to read aloud with her first grandchild.
Nancy says her move from librarian to author shouldn't come as a big surprise.
"I think (writing a book) is something I have always wanted to do," she says. "When I was a kid I used to write stories — mostly about horses and dogs. I think most children's librarians have a secret desire to write children's books."
Here Babies, There Babies is a bright, 14-page board book that follows baby on a typical day. Through bold, rhythmic words, the babies in Nancy’s story explore the park, the store, the library — and even nap!
One element Nancy hopes is part of every baby's day is reading.
"Read to your children every day," she says. "Keep reading to them even after they have learned to read. Visit the library often and make sure there are always great books in your house. Let your children see you reading."
And one more piece of advice to raise a reader: "limit television."
Despite having ended her librarian career, Nancy says it's still a challenge to find the time to write. "I thought I would have lots of time to write once I retired, but I seem to be so busy with other things that I really have to make an effort to make the time."
Nancy is making the effort, though, working on several picture manuscripts, as well as ideas for non-fiction books.
Nancy Cohen will read Here Babies, There Babies during a special Frye Festival 'Toddler Time' at the Moncton Public Library on Thursday, April 30th at 10am. You can also enter to win one of three copies of the book, thanks to Nimbus Publishing; contest closes Thursday, April 30.