Traci Van Wagoner

Traci Van Wagoner holds degrees in illustration from Utah State University and in toy design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. A longtime member of SCBWI, Van Wagoner has illustrated many children’s books, and her work appears in magazines, newsletters, and on toys and games. When not painting, she is designing and developing games with her husband at Imagine That! Design. Her motto is live, laugh, and learn.


Nomad Press Titles Illustrated by Traci Van Wagoner

Climate in Crisis

Changing Coastlines, Severe Storms, and Damaging Drought

Read true stories of how climate change has affected people’s lives and learn the science behind the new reality we witness every day. In Climate in Crisis: Changing Coastlines, Severe Storms, and Damaging Drought, readers 12 to 15 discover how climate change is affecting the human population—from extreme weather and rising coastlines to new migration patterns and disease—through real-life stories and a deep examination of the science driving the phenomenon. As kids gain a deeper understanding...


The Chemistry of Food

Why does tomato sauce taste different from fresh tomatoes? Why does pasta go limp when you cook it in boiling water? What makes ice cream melt? What better place to learn the fundamentals of chemistry than in the kitchen? In The Chemistry of Food, kids learn the science behind the food they love to eat as they explore the chemistry within the meal, how nutrition works, what creates flavor, and why texture is important. This...


Global Citizenship

Engage in the Politics of a Changing World

The right to grow and thrive in a safe environment. The right to a name and an identity. The right to the free expression of ideas. The right to an education. These are just a few of the basic human rights guaranteed to children all around the world. Global citizens work for and defend these rights, not just for themselves, but for everyone on the planet. What can kids do to protect and promote rights...


The Science of Natural Disasters

When Nature and Humans Collide

Have you heard news reports about wildfires in California? Have you ever had a flood in your town? Have you ever been in a tornado? The Science of Natural Disasters: When Nature and Humans Collide examines the science behind earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and wildfires, using historical and current events as case studies, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the floods in China in 1931, and the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815, which...