Art, Children, Fiction, Illustration, Music, Photography, Poetry, Spirituality, Stage, Young Adult
Nikki Grimes has written many award-winning books for children and young adults, including Bronx Masquerade (winner of the Coretta Scott King Award), as well as Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin’ about Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings, each of which received a Coretta Scott King Honor. Grimes’s work has also received a Horn Book Fanfare and been named ALA Notable books. She is the author of numerous picture books and novels including Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope and, most recently, Garvey’s Choice and One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance.
In addition to her work for children, Grimes has written articles for Essence, Today’s Christian Woman, Book Links, Image, Journal of Arts & Religion, and others. Her 2019 memoir Ordinary Hazards was named a Sibert Honor Book by the American Library Association in 2020.
Festival Years: 2002, 2006, 2018, 2020
Kwame Alexander and Nikki Grimes on the Power of Poetry | interview | Publishers Weekly
A Renaissance Woman| Up Close with Nikki Grimes | interview | School Library Journal
An Interview with Poet Nikki Grimes | interview | Language Arts