I create energetic, affirming books for young children.
My career as an author and illustrator began in 1995 with One Hot Summer Day.
My most recent book is A Girl Like Me, 2020, written by Angela Johnson.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Nina Crews reads aloud her latest project, A Girl Like Me. The book was written by Angela Johnson and encourages young readers to embrace their dreams and more! Thank you to Lerner Publishing Group for permission to post this reading. The video will be available until 03/31/21.
This video is is a trailer for the children's picture book – Seeing Into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright with a biography and illustrations by Nina Crews. Published by Millbrook Press, Minneapolis, Spring 2018.
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