Growing Ideas

Growing Ideas

Every writer or illustrator must face the challenge of how to make the exciting ideas that inspire them concrete for the reader. This isn’t always a simple task. The thoughts that set off sparks in the mind can easily fall flat when first put down…

SEEING INTO TOMORROW Book Launch Party!!
Freight train collage making

SEEING INTO TOMORROW Book Launch Party!!

Thank you to Greg Shanck and City College Center for the Arts for hosting the SEEING INTO TOMORROW book launch party on Saturday, March 24th! Here are a few photographs of this wonderful afternoon. Thanks so much to all who were able to join us!…

Welcome to a New Year!

Welcome to a New Year!

Happy New Year! A new year and a new book! SEEING INTO TOMORROW: Haiku by Richard Wright, is less than one month away from publication! The image above was a style frame for the book. In my early drafts, I planned on using haiku that…

Trailer for SEEING INTO TOMORROW!

Trailer for SEEING INTO TOMORROW!

Check out my trailer for my new book Seeing Into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright, Biography and illustrations by Nina Crews! Publication is February 2018, but preorders can be placed with indiebound.com or amazon.com

Mystery Beans Make Magical Squash!

Mystery Beans Make Magical Squash!

Back in 2006, I came across a short article in The Park Slope Courier about a young boy who planted some mysterious beans. The article went on to describe how the boy and his father had come across a seed packet in a local hardware store,…

School Visit Art!

School Visit Art!

Like most authors and illustrators I know, I regularly do school visits. School visits are a great opportunity to have children see my work and for me to get a sense how my work is seen by them. Here are a few thank you notes sent to me from…

New look for Nina Crews Children’s Books!

New look for Nina Crews Children’s Books!

I have given my website and blog a makeover! Check out ninacrews.com’s fresh look and more streamlined interface. Now the site should be easy to navigate on mobile devices and my blog is at the same url. Because I love a DIY project, I took on the challenge of rebuilding…

A good book for a hot summer day
Hot Summer Day ©Nina Crews 1995, HarperCollins Publishers

A good book for a hot summer day

August in New York City – “Dogs pant. Hydrants are open. Women carry umbrellas for the shade.”  Those words were written over twenty years ago during another hot, sticky New York summer and come from my very first picture book, One Hot Summer Day – now in print for…

BELOW – paperback edition!
© Nina Crews 2006 Nina Crews Studio Paperback Edition

BELOW – paperback edition!

BELOW is now available as a print-on-demand paperback! Last fall, I got the news that one of my favorite books, BELOW, was going out of print. I’ve had other books go out of print before and I have always felt disappointed, but rarely surprised. This time I…