©Nina Crews 1997 Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins Publishers
The weather report says “Snow.” Yet there is no sign of it on Monday, or Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday. But oh, when it comes, it is as thick and white and wonderful as the young narrator dreamed. Zip up your jacket and come outside. It’s snowing!
Kirkus – A spirited companion to Crews’ debut, One Hot Summer Day (1995)…Every scene is fresh and unpredictable, and the model’s face perfectly reflects the exclamations of the caption-like text. It’s a short tale entirely from a child’s-eye view—from a child’s heart—and a celebration of snow play and city. October 1, 1997
I’ll Catch the Moon
©Nina Crews 1996 Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins Publishers
The moon! There it is, outside the window, shiny as a new quarter. The child narrator imagines building a ladder to outer space, going up and up, until she can hold the silver circle in her hands. And what a magical time they have together!
School Library Journal – The book has striking visual images and while there is no strong story line, it does capture and convey a child’s power to imagine and wonder. May 1996
Sky High Guy
© Nina Crews 2010 Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt and Company
Whether they’re trekking to a magical island to hunt dinosaurs or saving a city from destruction, Jack and his action figure Guy have exciting adventures. Sometimes Jack’s little brother, Gus, joins them. But when Guy gets caught in a branch while skydiving, Jack and Gus must launch operation rescue!
School Library Journal – “Jack starts out thinking of himself and Guy as the perfect team, but learns that including Gus in adventures is more fun for everyone. Children will relate to the brothers’ plight and enjoy the story’s positive message.”
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 Goose rhymes. And now there’s a new reason to cheer: Nina Crews has added her own remarkable, jazzy style of illustration to a collection of forty-one favorite verses.Whether it’s Jack jumping over a candlestick (atop a cupcake), Georgie Porgie kissing the girls (at the playground), or a fine lady riding a white horse (on the carousel), this exuberant treasury is sure to be read and enjoyed over and over again.
“A fresh and welcome contribution.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
“Brimming with infectious joy.” — Horn Book (starred review)
© 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 play will likely hit high notes with young readers.” (Ages 3-6)
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)
- Junior Library Guild Selection
- Starred Review Kirkus (December 15, 2017)
- Starred Review School Library Journal (January 2018)
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 introduction for children to this important African American writer.
I have illustrated twelve of his haiku with photo collages, highlighting everyday experiences and the beauty of the natural world. Following the poems is a brief biography of Wright, tracing his journey from an impoverished childhood in rural Mississippi to life as celebrated writer exploring creative ideas in a farmhouse in the south of France.