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About the Author: Nikki Grimes


Author of Almost Zero: A Dyamonde Daniel Book.


Nikki Grimes does not consider herself a bona fide storyteller, but, as she told an audience at the Library of Congress, she is happy to own the title Poet. Born and raised in New York City, Nikki began composing verse at the age of six and has been writing ever since.

A New York Times bestselling author and a prolific artist, she has written many award-winning books for children and young adults. Her works include the novels Bronx Masquerade (Dial), winner of the 2003 Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Jazmin’s Notebook (Dial), a Coretta Scott King honor book and Bank Street College Book of the Year; the popular poetry collections Danitra Brown,Class Clown, Danitra Brown Leaves Town (HarperCollins) and Meet Danitra Brown (Lothrop), an ALA Notable and Coretta Scott King honor book, Hopscotch Love (Lothrop); Under the Christmas Tree (Harper); What is Goodbye? (Hyperion); Talkin’ About Bessie, the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner and Author Award honor book, and Horn Book Fanfare book (Orchard); Aneesa Lee & the Weaver’s Gift, an American Bookseller Pick of the List (Lothrop); From a Child’s Heart (Just Us Books); A Dime A Dozen, My Man Blue (Dial); Come Sunday (Eerdman’s), an ALA Notable book; At Break of Day and When Daddy Prays (Eerdman’s). Other works include Stepping Out with Grandma Mac, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book, and Shoe Magic (Orchard), A Pocketful of Poems (Clarion), Wild, Wild Hair (Scholastic), Portrait of Mary (Harcourt Brace), a work of adult fiction, and Malcolm X: a Force for Change (Fawcett), a YA biography which was an NAACP Image Award finalist for 1993.

In addition to her work for children, Ms. Grimes has written articles for such magazines as Essence, Today’s Christian Woman, Book Links, and Image, Journal of Arts & Religion.

An accomplished and widely anthologized poet of both children’s and adult verse, Grimes has conducted poetry readings and lectures at international schools inRussia, China, Sweden and Tanzania, while short-term mission projects have taken her to such trouble spots as Haiti.

During the 1970s, Nikki co-produced and hosted The Kid’s Show on WBAI FM in New York. Later, during a six-year stint in Sweden, she hosted their radio program for immigrants, Grunslöst, and another for Swedish Educational Radio.

In 2005, Ms.Grimes was awarded the Golden Dolphin Award by the Southern California Children’s Book Association, recognizing her body of work.


October 4, 2011 - Posted by | Meet the Author | , ,


  1. I love reading about the authors you interview and Nikki Grimes is certainly accomplished in her writings. I think it is wonderful how she reaches out to communities and around the world and has participated in mission projects as well.

    Comment by Grace | October 4, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thank you for the author interviews. I enjoy finding out about the lives of the authors who write the books that I read and share.

    Remember to “Read for the Record” on October 6. –

    Comment by YvonneJ | October 5, 2011 | Reply

  3. What an informative interview and I really enjoyed reading about all your accomplished. What a rewarding life. Congratulations on all your accomplishments Nikki. I look forward to seeing all your books.
    Thanks again for an enjoyable interview. GFC name is Lucky47
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com.

    Comment by Carol L. | October 6, 2011 | Reply

  4. What an amazing bibliography and list of awards. We’ll be checking into more of Nikki Grimes’ books when we head to the library this afternoon!
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

    Comment by Alicia C. | October 6, 2011 | Reply

  5. wow what a great author. I love authors who give back! those are the ones I enjoy buying from the most.

    Comment by larissa brunken | October 7, 2011 | Reply

  6. I like when I read about authors who have traveled. Especially abroad. It makes their writing so rich. The world is a diverse place and I want my children to learn as much as they can about the world they live in. it makes them more tolerant and empathetic.

    Comment by Cherese Vines | October 7, 2011 | Reply

  7. The cover is what drew me to the book. I don’t often see books that have characters that look like my daughter so I was instantly intrigued about what the book would be about. I read the synopsis and I like it. My kids tell me several times a week Can I have this Can I have that and they don’t realize that having everything that you want is not possible. We cannot afford to do this and I don’t think that is the right way to raise my kids. I would love for my kids to read this book

    Comment by Evans S | October 16, 2011 | Reply

  8. Danita Brown, Class Clown sounds like another book I’ll have to look for to read to my kids. I’m glad to see that Nikki Grimes just doesn’t write about helping others, but really does it. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

    Comment by Amy W. | October 16, 2011 | Reply

  9. I’m excited to read Almost Zero to my three year old. It imparts on important lesson. Thank you!

    Comment by kathleen | October 19, 2011 | Reply

  10. Wow you should be proud I would love to check out your work in Todays Christain Woman and your Book From a Childs heart.

    Comment by stacey l | October 19, 2011 | Reply

  11. The author’s list of accomplishments is very impressive!

    Comment by Lily Kwan | October 20, 2011 | Reply

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