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Author Nikki Grimes

Posted on: March 30, 2012

Nikki Grimes.

Nikki Grimes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Next up on my month of reviews of multicultural Golden Sower nominees is author Nikki Grimes. As a foster child from a broken home, she moved from place to place, always saying goodbye to new friends. Reading and writing became her survival tools.

Growing up, books were everything to Nikki Grimes. Yet in all of her reading, she rarely anyone in them who looked like or who had her life experience. For that reason, she began to feel invisible. When she had no one else to talk to, Grimes wrote poems and stories about the things that were bothering her. She also vowed to one day write books about children who looked and felt like her. And so she did!

As a full-time writer, Grimes works six days a week, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter. And, like Joseph Bruchac, her demanding schedule impresses me: An Author’s Life

Yet somehow Grimes finds time for other loves. For example, she loves to travel, learn new languages, and discover new cultures. She also sings and dances, exhibits her photography, and creates wearable-art jewelry. Due to limited time, this latter pursuit is now done only for family and the sheer joy of creating art.

In this little overview, I’ve only skimmed the highlights of the Nikki Grimes’ life. To dig deeper, read this interview transcript from Reading Rockets.

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October: Plum Creek

Every fall for the past six years, I have attend the Plum Creek Literacy Festival. In previous years, I've written about the author presentations and plan to do the same in the weeks ahead. Unlike in the past, I also intend to review my book purchases. I'll also continue to include reviews I write for our local multicultural group and for our local dog club. Enjoy!

  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Daisy to the Rescue by Jeff Campbell
  • Max and Ruby Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
  • Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies
  • Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos
  • Dead End to Norvelt by Jack Gantos
  • Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
  • Bad Kitty School Daze by NIck Bruel
  • Have You Seen Mary? by Jeff Karrus
  • Tale of Jacob Swift by Jeff Karrus

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