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Nikki Grimes

Biography

Nikki Grimes

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book  WHAT IS GOODBYE?, Coretta Scott King Award winner BRONX MASQUERADE, the novels JAZMIN'S NOTEBOOK, DARK SONS and THE ROAD TO PARIS (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books). Creator of the popular MEET DANITRA BROWN, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.

Nikki Grimes

Books by Nikki Grimes

by Nikki Grimes - African American Interest, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, Free Verse, Poetry

In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance ---including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era --- by combining their work with her own original poetry. Using "The Golden Shovel" poetic method, Grimes has written a collection of poetry that is as gorgeous as it is thought-provoking.This special book also includes original artwork in full-color from some of today's most exciting African American illustrators.

by Nikki Grimes - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Friendship

Garvey’s father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading --- anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only friend encourages him to join the school chorus, Garvey’s life changes. The chorus finds a new soloist in Garvey, and through chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself, and a way to finally reach his distant father --- by speaking the language of music instead of the language of sports. 

Written by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Michele Wood. - Biography

What if Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony sat down over tea to reminisce about their extraordinary lives? What would they recall of their triumphs and struggles as they fought to achieve civil rights for African Americans and equal rights for women? And what other historical figures played parts in their stories? These questions led Coretta Scott King Award winner Nikki Grimes to create CHASING FREEDOM, an engaging work of historical fiction about two of the nineteenth century's most powerful, and inspiring, American women.

by Nikki Grimes - Fiction, Poetry

Gabby’s world is filled with daydreams. However, what began as an escape from her parents’ arguments has now taken over her life. Written in vivid, accessible poems, this remarkable verse novel is a celebration of imagination, of friendship, of one girl’s indomitable spirit and of a teacher’s ability to reach out and change a life.

by Nikki Grimes - Fiction

Dyamonde loves eating her mom's pancakes. Free loves eating...period. But lately Damaris just pushes her food around her plate, and Dyamonde suspects it has something to do with the mean things classmates have been saying about people's weight. She knows that Damaris doesn't have a weight problem and is perfect just the way she is --- so now it's time for her to make sure Damaris knows that, too.

written by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Dyamonde really wants red high-top sneakers. Too bad they’re so expensive! A classmate tells her it’s her mom’s job to give her what she needs, but when Dyamonde tries that argument, her mom teaches her a lesson by giving her ONLY what she needs. Now Dyamonde is down to almost zero outfits! But then she finds out one of her friends has it much worse, and she’s determined to do what she can to help.

written by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Dyamonde Daniel is excited about the local library’s poetry contest, and so is her friend Free. The prize is one hundred dollars, and just think what they could buy with that much money! But when they find out that Damaris, one of their classmates, has been living in a homeless shelter, their ideas about what it means to be rich or poor start to change.