Nikki Grimes

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Nikki Grimes
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Born October 20, 1950
New York City, New York
Occupation writer; artist
Nationality United States
Ethnicity African American
Citizenship United States
Period Twentieth Century
Genre children's picture books and novels
Notable works Bronx Masquerade
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
Danitra Brown
Notable awards Coretta Scott King Award
Website
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Nikki Grimes is an American author of books written for children and young adults, as well as a poet and journalist. Grimes was born in Harlem, New York. In a conversation with a Reading is Fundamental interviewer, Ms. Grimes stated "Books were my survival tools. They were how I got by, and how I coped with things. Books carried me away." As an author whose work appeals to readers of all ages, her poetry and books help carry her readers away.

She has been a guest lecturer at international schools in Sweden, Tanzania, China, and Russia. She has written articles for magazines such as Today's Christian Woman and Essence. Her interests and talents are diverse and include photography, fiber art, and beading.

Grimes currently resides in Corona, California and continues to write poetry and books for children and young adults. She is on the board of directors for the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance. Her work has earned her honors and recognition from a number of prestigious organizations.

Her novel Bronx Masquerade was named the Coretta Scott King Award book in 2002. The Coretta Scott King Award is "given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions."

Works[edit]

Published works[edit]

  • From a Child's Heart (1993), illustrated by Brenda Joysmith
  • Meet Danitra Brown (1994), illustrated by Floyd Cooper (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book)
  • Portrait of Mary (1994)
  • Come Sunday (1996), illustrated by Michael Bryant
  • Wild, Wild Hair (1997), illustrated by George Cephas Ford
  • Jazmin's Notebook (1998) (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book)
  • A Dime a Dozen (1998), illustrated by Angelo
  • My Man Blue (1999), illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue (Marion Vannett Ridgway Award)
  • Hopscotch Love (1999), illustrated by Melodye Benson Rosales
  • At Break of Day (1999), illustrated by Paul Morin
  • Aneesa Lee and the Weaver's Gift (2000), illustrated by Ashley Bryan
  • Shoe Magic (2001), illustrated by Terry Widener
  • A Pocketful of Poems (2001), illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
  • Stepping Out with Grandma Mac (2002), illustrated by Angelo
  • C is for City (2002), illustrated by Pat Cummings
  • When Daddy Prays (2002), illustrated by Tim Ladwig
  • Bronx Masquerade (2002), (Coretta Scott King Author Award) (Best Children's Book of 2002, Association of Theological Booksellers)
  • Talkin' About Bessie (2002), illustrated by E.B. Lewis (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, Author Honor Book)
  • Tai Chi Morning (2004), illustrated by Ed Young
  • A Ray with Daddy (2004), illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
  • What is Goodbye? (2004), illustrated by Raul Colón (ALA Notable Book)
  • It's Raining Laughter, photographs by Myles C. Pinkney
  • At Jerusalem's Gate, illustrated by David Frampton
  • Danitra Brown, Class Clown (2005), illustrated by E.B. Lewis
  • Dark Sons (2005), (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book)
  • Thanks a Million (2006), illustrated by Cozbi A. Carrera
  • Welcome, Precious (2006), illustrated by Bryan Collier
  • The Road to Paris (2007), (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book)
  • When Gorilla Goes Walking (2007), illustrate by Shane Evans
  • Oh, Brother! (2007), illustrated by Mike Benny
  • Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope (2008), illustrated by Bryan Collier (NY Times Bestseller)
  • Out of the Dark: Nikki Grimes, Author at Work (2009)
  • Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (2009), illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  • Rich: a Dyamonde Daniel Book (2009), illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  • Voices of Christmas (2009), illustrated by Eric Velasquez
  • A Girl Named Mister (2010)
  • Almost Zero: a Dyamonde Daniel Book (2010), illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  • Planet Middle School (2011)
  • Words with Wings, (2013), Coretta Scott King honor book

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children
  • 2003 Coretta Scott King Author Award
  • 2011 Horace Mann Upstanders Award for Almost Zero: a Dyamonde Daniel Book
  • 1993 NAACP Image Award Finalist for Malcolm X: a Force for Change.

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