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Nicolette Nordin Heavey performs stories for all those young at heart, from toddlers to adults.  Her energetic performances have been delighting audiences for over ten years.  The children listening appear “awestruck” as Nicolette animates tigers, frogs and even mosquitoes, yet Nicolette’s story programs contain essential learning and literacy skills. Both her fictional and personal stories have earned recognition.  She has been chosen to present at local storytelling conferences and festivals (Sharing the Fire, Three Apples Storytelling Festival) and earned third place in massmouth’s final story slam in 2010.
Nicolette’s passion for stories grew from her “storied” background.  The product of an English mother and Swedish father, she lived and visited throughout Europe and the Middle East.  Many of her character voices are inspired by people (often relatives) who left a mark on her imagination.
Nicolette has a natural connection with children of all ages.  Telling in daycares to the very youngest children, she has been termed “the baby whisperer.”   When appearing for a repeat performance at an urban summer group, an eleven year old rushed up and hugged her.  His friend asked, “What,  is that your mother?”   The first boy replied, “No, a friend.”
Nicolette believes that stories are a powerful tool to educate, enlighten and entertain.  Among their many powers are:
  • Language acquisition
  • Growth of cognitive skills
  • Cultural understanding
  • Community unity
  • Increase in self-esteem
 Nicolette is a regular feature at Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool centers in New England, as well as having been a weekly feature at The Book Rack, Newburyport, Mass. for four years.  In 2011/12 and 2012/13 Nicolette has been implementing Family and Community Engaged Literacy storytelling programs in Andover, Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover, Mass. with funding received from the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council (GLCAC).