Crews, Nina

Nina Crews is a children’s book author and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. She uses digital collage and photography to create energetic affirming books in many genres. Nina’s love of poetry has inspired several books including A Girl Like Me, written by Angela Johnson, Seeing Into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright, a collection of Wright’s haiku poems, and The Neighborhood Mother Goose, a collection of classic nursery rhymes. She has created simple stories of childhood like One Hot Summer Day and I’m Not Small. Her newest book, Not Done Yet: Shirley Chisholm’s Fight for Change was written by Tameka Fryer Brown and is a non-fiction celebration of this amazing woman.

NOT DONE YET: Starred review Kirkus Reviews
I’M NOT SMALL: The Horn Book Summer Reading selection, starred reviews Horn Book and Booklist
A GIRL LIKE ME: Horn Book Fanfare 2020, CCBC Choices 2021, Junior Library Guild Selection, Black Caucus of the ALA for the 2020 Best of the Best Booklist, New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2020, Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2020, 2021 Rise: A Feminist Book Project List
SEEING INTO TOMORROW: NCTE Notable Poetry Books for 2019, CCBC Choices 2019, Junior Library Guild Selection, School Library Journal Best Books of 2018, New York Public Library 100 Best Books For Kids 2018
THE NEIGHBORHOOD MOTHER GOOSE: ALA Notable Book 2005, New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2004, CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Council) Choice 2004

3 Fun Facts

1. Creating children’s books is the family business. My parents, Donald Crews and Ann Jonas Crews, have written and illustrated numerous award-winning books.
2. When I started my publishing career, my day job was freelance work for animation studios and I once assisted, Nick Park, the creator of Shaun the Sheep.
3. I love learning about new things. I now know more about soccer than I ever imagined. It is my fifteen-year-old son’s favorite sport.