A Girl Like Me – in stores February 2020!
Text copyright © 2004 Angela Johnson. Illustrations copyright © 2020 Nina Crews. Published Millbrook Press ISBN 9781541557772
A Girl Like Me – in stores February 2020! I am so pleased to have illustrated this wonderful poem by Coretta Scott King and MacArthur Prize winner Angela Johnson. A celebration of the power of girls that encourages them to embrace their dreams and more!
“Once I dreamed I swam / the ocean / and saw everything deep, cool / and was part of the waves. / I swam on by the people / onshore / hollering, / ‘A girl like you needs to / stay out of the water / and be dry / like everyone else.'”
“A blithe celebration of individuality, guts, and sisterhood.” – Publisher’s Weekly
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
- CCBC Choices 2019
- School Library Journal Best Books of 2018
- New York Public Library 100 Best Books For Kids 2018
- Junior Library Guild Selection
In the last 18 months of his life, Richard Wright, the author of Native Son and Black Boy, created over 4000 haiku. Twelve of these luminous poems are included in this book. A perfect introduction for children to haiku and to this important African American writer.
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One Hot Summer Day
The Neighborhood Sing-Along
©Nina Crews 2011 Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins Publishers ISBN 9780061850639
Playground songs and classroom songs, silly songs and sweet songs, wake–up songs and bedtime songs…
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 make this companion to the acclaimed The Neighborhood Mother Goose a treasure for every child in the neighborhood.
Kirkus Reviews – “A collection that begs to be sung in all neighborhoods—city stoops or country front-porch swings alike.” (Picture book. 3-6)
Nina Crews is a critically acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator. She uses photographs and photocollages to create energetic stories about young children. Her career began in 1995 with One Hot Summer Day which Kirkus Reviews hailed as “the debut of a welcome new voice and vision.”
Two of her books, The Neighborhood Mother Goose and Below were ALA Notable selections. Nina’s work has explored a variety of themes. She has updated classic material in The Neighborhood Mother Goose as well as in her recent titles, 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. read more…
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
• Parenting Magazine Books of the Year 2004
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.
© 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)
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.
Crews’ fans will be delighted; others will be drawn in by the nifty mix of folktale and photo-collage. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-9)
Snowball, 1997 Greenwillow Books
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!
I’ll Catch the Moon, 1996 Greenwillow Books
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!
Sky-High Guy, 2010, Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt Publishers
Whether they’re trekking to a magical island to hunt dinosaurs or savage 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!
A Ghost Story, 2001, Greenwillow Books
Jonathan knows there’s a ghost in his house. It rattles the doors, knocks books on the floors and Jonathan always gets blamed. His sister, Celeste, seems to do everything right. How unfair! But Uncle Pete is coming to visit. Maybe Uncle Pete will be the ally Jonathan needs.
You Are Here, 1998, Greenwillow Books
Giants! Monsters! A magic map! Treasure! Sometimes all you need for magic is a rainy day. And a little imagination!
A High, Low, Near, Far, Loud, Quiet Story, 1999, Greenwillow Books
A big dog, a tiny ant. Bumpy tree bark, smooth glass marbles. A cheerful shout, a good-night whisper. From morning to night, a child’s day is filled with opposites, and Nina Crews’s jubilant full-color photographs of a day in the life of two busy, urban siblings will prove it. A celebration of simple opposites (and of summer in the city!) that will have youngsters looking high and low for, and loudly proclaiming contrasting details in their own world.
We the People, written by Bobbi Katz, illustrated by Nina Crews, 2000, Greenwillow Books
Listen up. Can you hear America talking? In these sixty-five first-person poems, Americans – some who really lived, some who might have lived – tell it like it is. In the process they illuminate and personify the American experience and the history of the United States
When Will Sarah Come, written by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, illustrated by Nina Crews, 1999, Greenwillow Books
What do you do when your big sister goes to school and you have to stay at home? Sarah’s little brother, Jonathan, plays and reads and colors and builds and waits and waits and waits for Sarah. Listen. Did you hear that? Is Sarah coming now?