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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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November: Sequels

This month I decided to dedicate to sequels. First, I am making light use of that term. Some will be the next book in a series. Others will just be another book by an author I've already featured. I'm also using the opportunity to review picture books which I have brought at previous literary festivals. Second, because there were so many choices from which to pick, I ended up mostly looking for pet-related books. Finally, I'll continue to include reviews I write for our local multicultural group and for our local dog club. Enjoy!

  • Mr. Simpson's Sheep Can't Sleep by Bruce Arant
  • Llama Llama by Anna Dewdney
  • Cat Training in 10 Minutes by Miriam Fields Babineau
  • Skippy Jon by Judith Schanchner
  • Biscuit Collection by Alyssa Capucilli
  • Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd
  • Scarlett by Marissa Meyer
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer

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