Friday, May 6, 2011

AUTHOR Nikki Grimes

NIKKI GRIMES is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. She was born in Harlem in 1950 and began writing when she was six. She has been writing ever since.

Nikki received her B.A. from Livingston College of Rutgers University in 1974. She spent the next year doing research in Tanzania on a Ford Foundation grant. She took a workshop at Columbia University and courses at Rutgers University, where she met and was influenced by writers such as Nikki Giovanni, Quincy Troupe, and Toni Cade Bambara. Soon she began writing books for children and young adults, as well as poetry for adults. She has published more than 30 books and has twice received the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award, as well as the Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year Award, an ALA Notable Books citation, a Ms. Books for Free Children citation, a NCTE Notables award, and a Children's Book citation from the Library of Congress. From a Child's Heart, written by Nikki Grimes with paintings by Brenda Joysmith, received the Ben Franklin Award for Children's Books, from Publishers' Marketing Association. You may also visit Nikki at

From A Child's Heart

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