Nebraska Authors

N. L. Sharp

AKA: Nancy L. Sharp Wagner

Wrote under "N.L. Sharp"

Born 1956 Valentine, NE (USA)

N. L. Sharp is the publisher at Prairieland Press, a Nebraska publisher, and is also the owner of www.GoBigRead.com, a website whose goal is to connect Nebraska independent authors with Nebraska readers. A lifelong Nebraska resident, Sharp is "proud to claim that she is now and always has been a Nebraska writer". She has received numerous awards for youth and young adult fiction. She offers suggestions to enhance the teaching of writing in the classroom on her website, WriteSharp.com

Places Lived

Valentine, NE
Ponca, NE
Lincoln, NE
Fremont, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction


Children's Literature; Juvenile Fiction


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Master of Arts Degree in Language Arts, with an emphasis in writing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Elementary Teacher


John H. Ames Reading Series, Featured Reader, 21 February 2010
Teachers' Choice Award, 2006 for Effie's Image
Award Winner, Nebraska Center for the Book, 2004 for Ring Bear
2013 Distinguished Educator of Reading from the Nebraska State Reading Association
Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction, Nebraska Book Awards, 2017, for Keeping Captain


Today I'm Going Fishing With My Dad. 1993.
The Ring Bear: A Wedding Book for Kids. 2003.
Effie's Image. 2004.
The Flower Girl, The Ring Bear: A Flip-Over Book. 2010.
Keeping Captain. 2016.

N.L. Sharp's interview and presentation at the February 2010 Ames Reading Series can be viewed here:

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