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Nancy's Bookshelf: Librarian Nancy Leek Helps Children Discover California Pioneers

Gold Field Books

Nancy Leek is a librarian who writes biographies of California pioneers for children.  Her book on Peter Lassen, like her biographies of John and Annie Bidwell, are illustrated by Steve Ferchaud.  

From GoldReads:

My name is Nancy Leek. I live in Chico, California and am a retired librarian. I have worked in public, school and academic libraries, including reference librarian for the Butte County Library and children’s librarian at the Orland Free Library.

I am the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer, and the co-editor (with John Rudderow) of The Miner Poet: The Poems of Pres Longley.

In 2015 I started a series of picture book biographies for young readers called Golden State Biographies.  So far the series includes John and Annie Bidwell: The Long and the Short of It and Nancy Kelsey Comes over the Mountain.

Credit Gold Field Books

These books have full-color illustrations throughout by the talented Steve Ferchaud. They are colorful, exciting, and fun to read, and I have received enthusiastic feedback from California schoolchildren.

All books are available by contacting me at

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Nancy Wiegman has a master's degree in French linguistics from Indiana University and taught yoga and foreign languages at CSU Fresno and the College of Charleston before moving to Chico in 1990.