Nikki Grimes

Books by This Author

Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book

Age Level: 6-9

Dyamonde, a bright, articulate and confident 3rd grader, is entering the library's poetry contest to win the prize money. Then Dyamonde and her friend, Free, learn that their new friend, Damaris, who is also the best poet in their class, lives in a homeless shelter. The duo of friends turns into a trio — who take a different look at what wealth really means.

Shoe Magic

Illustrated by: Terry Widener
Age Level: 3-6

Shoes of all types are used to introduce children with varied aspirations and backgrounds. Slightly abstracted illustrations echo the warmth and joy of the varied collection of poetry.

Stepping Out with Grandma Mac

Illustrated by: Angelo
Age Level: 6-9

Grandma Mac is not like many other grandparents. And she's definitely not the stay-at-home kind. Told in verse, a girl relates how she and her independent Grandma Mac come to know and appreciate one another.

Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman

Illustrated by: E.B Lewis
Age Level: 9-12

After aviator Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman is lost in a plane crash, those who knew her celebrate her life. Different voices come alive in small portraits and beautifully crafted full-page scenes as individuals tell stories in free verse to present Bessie's unusual and heroic story. A biographical note extends the introduction to this early aviator.

Under the Christmas Tree

Illustrated by: Kadir Nelson
Age Level: 3-6

The joy of Christmas is told from a child's point of view in a series of poems, illustrated with warm and gentle illustrations. The universal pleasure in the season is set in the cozy warmth of a loving family.

Welcome Precious

Illustrated by: Bryan Collier
Age Level: 3-6

A family expresses the universal joy in the arrival of a new baby. Luminous language and illustrations introduce baby to the many small pleasures all around us, from sand between toes to sticky peanut butter. Parents and grandparents can share this story with children to recall their arrival into the family.

What Is Goodbye?

Illustrated by: Raúl Colón
Age Level: 6-9

Two sisters mourn the death of their older brother. This short novel is told in alternating voices of the girls, to reveal one family's process of grieving. Sensitive illustrations augment the gentle, questioning nature of the text.