I create energetic, affirming books for young children.
My career as an author and illustrator began in 1995 with One Hot Summer Day. My next book, Extraordinary Magic: The Storytelling Life of Virginia Hamilton will publish in January 2024.
COMING SOON! Extraordinary Magic: The Storytelling Life of Virginia Hamilton This lyrical picture book biography tells the story of one of America’s most celebrated children’s book authors, Virginia Hamilton, the first African American to win the Newbery Medal. MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK
I’m Not Small is the story of a preschooler’s first solo adventure in his backyard. Is he ready for this step? He is big enough, old enough, to explore the garden alone, but still small enough, young enough, to need reassurances and a hug from his mom. MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.
Stirring free verse by Tameka Fryer Brown and evocative illustrations by Nina Crews provide an inspirational look at change maker Shirley Chisholm. Even now, her legacy lives on and inspires others to continue her work . . . which is not done yet.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.