Brian K. Nash was born in 1961 and grew up on a farm in Kansas. Blind from birth, he enjoyed the loving support of his parents and five siblings, who kept him active exploring the woods and riding horses. The many stories they told him and read to him fostered his love of fiction. He began composing his own fiction for children when his daughter Evelyn was small.
He edited the school newspaper at the Kansas School for the Blind. Later on, he received computer training and became an adaptive technician, teaching other blind people to use a computer. He has extensive public speaking experience, especially to groups of school children, seeking to educate others regarding blindness and the capabilities of the blind.
Henrietta of Valley View Farm is the first of Brian's several books for children that are being published by Smashwords. His lively, entertaining stories are set in a fictional place that has a lot in common with the locales he knew and loved as a child. The animals - chickens, cats, dogs, horses, birds, frogs, and many more - can talk to each other, and are among the most vivid of the many characters. They often have much to teach their human friends as they work together to overcome whatever challenges are thrown at them. Adventure abounds, and friendship always triumphs in the end.
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The Naked Sportsman and Other Stories (Four for Susie)
In these lively reminiscences, Brian Nash, blind from birth, recalls numerous youthful outdoor adventures in the Midwest. Various family members and friends play prominent roles. The eloquent foreword describes his determination to build a satisfying life in spite of his lifelong disability. The book is dedicated to his late sister, Janice Susan Nash Robertson (cover photo).
Talking with Kids - Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know about Blindness
In his first nonfiction book, children's author Brian K. Nash recounts his experiences speaking to schoolchildren in the 1980s about his lifelong blindness, to which he has adapted with determination, optimism, and humor. Join him as he tells about barbecuing, bicycling, bowling, scuba diving, jumping from high places, Louis Braille, guide dogs, and much more. Photo: Brian and Arrow in 1983.
Two Best Friends
Toby the Turtle and Bertram the Frog decide to have a race. When Toby runs into trouble, it's up to Bertram to encourage and then rescue his friend. Using his froggy songs, Bertram gets help from Poppa, the friendly farmer, and all ends happily. Like Brian Nash's other books for young people, this is a wonderful story about friendship, compassion, and persistence. For children aged 3–7.
Christmas on Valley View Farm
This third book in the Valley View Farm series, suitable for children 9-12, has everything a young reader could desire. Christmas is coming, and young Daniel Riggs is dreaming of what might be in store. But a kidnapper has plans for Daniel's feline friend Midnight. Helped by the talkative farm animals, Daniel faces a bloodthirsty panther, rides a thrilling ghost train, and revels in holiday magic.
Midnight to the Rescue
The adventures on Valley View Farm continue! In this dramatic story, a mean and selfish boy, Razzie Riggs, nearly drowns in a pond. He’s rescued by Midnight the kitten and other brave animals. Razzie learns the value of love, kindness, and honesty, and changes his ways along with his name. The cats and the owls also overcome long-standing differences and form new friendships. For children 8-11.
Henrietta of Valley View Farm
Henrietta the white hen is famous for her eggs. Midnight is an adventurous black kitten who dreams of glory. After Henrietta rescues Midnight from evil rats who threaten him when he gets trapped, she becomes famous for her bravery and strength, as well. This lively tale, suitable for children ages 5-8, features farm life, friendship, and a wonderful cast of believable animal and human characters.
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- Apart from You
on Sep. 25, 2010
This is truly a literary masterpiece. I've read bestsellers that didn't begin to make me feel so many emotions and empathy for the characters as this work of art does. I'm a man, but due to certain circumstances in my own life, many of the situations that the main female character finds herself in seem wrenchingly familiar to me. The presentation of Elizabeth's relationship with her family is heartbreaking; you really feel her pain and frustration at always coming in second-best to her younger sister. This is the gripping story of a young and beautiful woman caught between the attention of two men with very different backgrounds, needs, expectations, and views of the world as she struggles to maintain her own identity, get an education, and move on with her life after a difficult and challenging childhood.