One Hot Summer Day

© Nina Crews 1995 Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins Publishers ISBN:9780688133931 • CCBC Choice 1995 • Junior Library Guild Selection 1995 It is summer and it is HOT. Dogs pant. Women carry umbrellas for the shade. But the running, dancing narrator is busy. Drawing. Teasing her shadow. Eating Popsicles. Here is a perfect book for all seasons: If you are cold, it will warm you, and if you are hot–well, the sky is darkening, and the big drops are ready to fall. Nina Crews makes a stunning debut with a book bursting with emotion, truth, and beauty. Horn Book July/August 1995 – […]

Upcoming Events

January 15, 2019, PS 346, Brooklyn, NY. January 30, 2019, 4pm,  Brooklyn Public Library – Leonard Library, Brooklyn, NY. Green collage workshop. Make art with reused materials. Free and open to all ages. March 5, 2019, PS 51, New York, NY. March 7, 2019, Mooresville Public Library, Mooresville, NC. Details TBD March 13, 2019, Compass Charter School, New York, NY.

The Neighborhood Mother Goose

©Nina Crews, Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins Publishers ISBN 9780060515737 • ALA Notable Book 2005 • Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts (NCTE) • Texas Library Association 2×2 Reading List 2005 • New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2004 • CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Council) Choice 2004 • Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children • School Library Journal Best Books 2004 • Kirkus Reviews 2004 Editor’s Choice List • Parenting Magazine Books of the Year 2004 • Cuyahoga County Public Library Children’s Books to Read and Own Every day, children the world over sing, shout, and celebrate Mother […]

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© Nina Crews 2006.  Nina Crews Studio Paperback Edition ISBN: 9780692434475 • ALA Notable Book 2007 • Junior Library Guild Selection 2006 • Read On Wisconsin book of the month December 2006 Jack and his action figure Guy have many adventures together, and the tall, narrow staircase in Jack’s house provides the perfect setting. Jack and Guy climb mountains, visit cities, and explore forests. But one day Guy falls down a hole in the stairs, and it’s up to Jack to rescue him. What is going on below the stairs? Only Guy knows. Publisher’s Weekly – “This fanciful look at […]

Author Visits

Let me be your next guest author! I am available for school visits, library programs, Skype talks, workshops, conferences, and bookstore & book fair appearances. I tailor my programs to my audience and have presented to audiences of all ages from infants to adults. When speaking with young children, I keep my points simple – where ideas come from, how words and pictures can tell stories about our lives, and using a camera and collage. With older children and grownups, I talk more technically about what I do and discuss the many stepsinvolved in taking an project from idea to finished book. Whatever the age of the […]

Jack and the Beanstalk

©Nina Crews 2011 Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company ISBN: 9780805087659   Jack receives beans from his neighbor and – lo and behold! – those beans lead him up a beanstalk and into the company of giants. How will he ever get back home? In her innovative photo-collage style, Nina Crews freshens up a beloved children’s tale for today’s young readers. Kirkus – A contemporary urban version of the ancient tale of beans and boy, with spiky parts rounded off. This Jack gets a jar of brightly colored beans for doing chores for his neighbor, and he plants them beneath […]

Seeing Into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright

Haiku copyright © 1998 Ellen Wright. All other text & illustrations copyright © 2018 Nina Crews. Published Millbrook Press ISBN 978-1-5124-1865-1  ISBN 978-1-5124-9862-2 (eb pdf) NCTE Notable Poetry Books for 2019 School Library Journal Best Books of 2018 New York Public Library 100 Best Books For Kids 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection Starred Review Kirkus (December 15, 2017) Starred Review School Library Journal (January 2018) School Library Journal Review of the Day 5-23-18 In the last 18 months of his life, Richard Wright, the author of Native Son and Black Boy, created over 4000 haiku. These luminous poems are a perfect […]

The Neighborhood Sing-Along

©Nina Crews 2011 Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins Publishers ISBN 9780061850639 • Bank Street Children’s Book Committee – Building Blocks Selection for Children Five & Under Playground songs and classroom songs, silly songs and sweet songs, wake–up songs and bedtime songs… Everyday, children, parents, friends, brothers, and sisters sing songs to one another. Nina Crews brings her energetic style of illustration to this collection of thirty-four perennial favorites. From “Miss Mary Mack” (watching fireworks from her balcony) to “London Bridge” (built by a brother and sister in the living room) to “Skip to My Lou (in a rolling green park), the songs […]