Nina Crews creates energetic stories about young children. Her career as an author and illustrator began in 1995 with One Hot Summer Day which was hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “the debut of a welcome new voice and vision.” Her books include Seeing Into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright, The Neighborhood Mother Goose and Below. Her most recent book is A Girl Like Me, written by Angela Johnson.
Nina’s work has explored a variety of themes. She has updated classic material in The Neighborhood Mother Goose, The Neighborhood Sing-Along and Jack and the Beanstalk. She has written stories of children’s imaginary adventures in Below, Sky-High Guy, You Are Here and I’ll Catch the Moon. She has explored simple experiences of urban childhood in One Hot Summer Day and Snowball.
“I chose to make photographic books because photography was and is my favorite medium to work in. I write the story first, though most often a visual idea motivates me to start a book. Once the story is in place, I start to work with my models. The interaction between us always adds something to the project; their performances often generate new ideas.
“As I’ve read my work to children, I have found that they really respond enthusiastically to “real” pictures. They love hearing about the children who pose for the books – their names, ages and where they live. All of my subjects are family, friends and friends of friends. The books tell stories I’ve created, but also record these children at certain ages – they are stars.”
Nina is a graduate of Yale University, where she received a BA in art. She also participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program. Nina lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son. Nina is represented by Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency.