Grimes, Nikki

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2017 Children’s Literature Legacy Award for substantial and lasting contributions to literature for children, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.  The author of Coretta Scott King Author Award-winner Bronx Masquerade, and recipient of five CSK Author Honors, her most recent titles include the much-honored Words With Wings, Garvey’s Choice and Boston Globe-Horn Book honor, Between the Lines, and One Last Word, winner of the 2018 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award.  Her much anticipated memoir in verse, Ordinary Hazards, releases on October 8, 2019.

Children’s literature Legacy Medal, Coretta Scott King Award and five CSK Honors, Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, Arnold Adoff Poetry Award, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, ALA Notable Book

3 Fun Facts

1. Once sang on the stage of the Stockholm Philharmonic in Sweden.
2. In Sweden, I was known as a singer who also wrote.
3. In addition to writing, I also paint. The first time I exhibited my watercolors, I won a blue ribbon.