Nic Bishop, an accomplished writer and photographer, has written and photographed for over 20 children books. His use of detail in his writing and photographs illuminates his scientific subject matter. Nic doesn't try to make science interesting – he knows it's already interesting, and just lets his readers at it.
Nic was born in New Zealand and his family travelled widely throughout his childhood. He received a graduate degree in biology in the United Kingdom and then travelled from London to Bangladesh, and ultimately ended up back in New Zealand, where he lived for the next 17 years. ‘I took a variety of jobs and then started a PhD,’ says Nic, ‘but spent almost every spare moment hiking and exploring the alpine wilderness of New Zealand's Southern Alps. It was one long wonderful adventure, filled with awesome landscapes and occasional anxious moments with flooded rivers, ice avalanches and high winds.’
Nic now lives in Michigan with his wife, surrounded by the insects, arachnids, and animals he raises and photographs. His science background has served as a basis for his extensive writing and photographic documentation of nature.
Nic started taking photographs when he was nine years old, when he borrowed his sister's box brownie camera. ‘We lived in Khartoum in the Sudan at that time, and it was an exciting place for a boy,’ he says. When he was 14, his family moved to the Highlands of New Guinea. ‘I went “walkabout” at weekends to local villages,’ Nic explains, ‘persuading their elders to take me on hunting trips into the mountains for birds of paradise. They were intent on shooting them with their bows and arrows, while I was hopeful of photographing them with an old camera.’
- Natural History of New Zealand artwork by Chris Gaskin (Hodder & Stoughton 1992).
- The Field text by Diana Noonan (Heinemann Education 1996).
- The Garden text by Diana Noonan (Heinemann Education 1996).
- The Rocky Shore text by Diana Noonan (Heinemann Education 1996).
- Red-eyed Tree Frog text by Joy Cowley (Scholastic Press 1999).
- Backyard Detective: Critters Up Close (Tangerine Press 2002).
- Hugs and Kisses text by Roberta Grobel Intrater (Cartwheel 2002).
- Forest Explorer: A Life-sized Field Guide (Scholastic Press 2004).
- Chameleon Chameleon text by Joy Cowley (Scholastic Press 2005).
- Quest for the Tree Kangaro: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea [Scientists in the Field] text by Sy Montgomery (Houghton Mifflin 2007).
- The Tarantula Scientist [Scientists in the Field] text by Sy Montgomery (Houghton Mifflin 2007).
- Nic Bishop Spiders (Scholastic Press 2007).
- Nic Bishop Frogs (Scholastic Press 2008).
- Nic Bishop Butterflies and Moths (Scholastic Press 2009).
- Nic Bishop Marsupials (Scholastic Press 2009).
- Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition among Snow Leopards in Mongolia [Scientists in the Field] text by Sy Montgomery (Houghton Mifflin 2009).
- Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot [Scientists in the Field] text by Sy Montgomery (Houghton Mifflin 2010).
- Nic Bishop Lizards (Scholastic Press 2010).
- Nic Bishop Snakes (Scholastic Press 2012).
- Spiders [Scholastic Reader] (Scholastic 2012).
- Storylines Notable Book Awards 2000 Non-fiction List for Red Eyed Tree Frog.
- The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award 2005 Honor Book for The Tarantula Scientist.
- Storylines Notable Book Awards 2006 Non-fiction List for Chameleon Chameleon.
- Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children 2007 Winner for Quest for the Tree Kangaroo.
- The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award 2007 Honor Book for Quest for the Tree Kangaroo.
- Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children 2008 Honor Book for Nic Bishop Spiders.
- The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award 2008 Honor Book for Nic Bishop Spiders.
- The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award 2011 Winner for Kakapo Rescue.
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