Nikki Shannon Smith
Children's Author, Teacher, Presenter


New releases:
Watch the Azaleah Lane Book Trailer here!

Coming Jan. 2021

 The Scrumptious Life of Azaleah Lane

Latest Developments: 

The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane and The Dramatic Life of Azaleah Lane are on the Chicago Public Library's Best K-3 Fiction Books of 2020! View the entire list HERE.

View Nikki's latest interview free online! Nikki and author Innosanto Nagara chat with Aria Sindledecker about books, writing, and social justice as part of the virtual Bay Area Book Festival on May 9, 2020. 

Praise for The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane!

Kirkus has given Azaleah Lane a great review! "... a fast-paced and fun read...Young readers will be happy to make Azaleah's acquaintance." Read the full review

School Library Journal says, "Azaleah works well as an appealing character full of zeal and enthusiasm... A good choice for libraries that need more light, realistic mysteries for the early middle grade crowd."

Azaleah Lane is on The 2020 Ultimate List of Diverse Children's Books!

   Photo Credit: Alan Bradley/AFBPhotography 

Thank you for stopping by!  This is the website for my children's books.  I write whichever ideas stay long enough to become pests. I've written picture books, early chapter books, and middle grade and young adult novels. I'm a prisoner of my own creative mind.

Check out the "Books" link for information about my published and forthcoming titles. I have LOTS of unpublished manuscripts as well.  Many of my stories feature African-American characters.  And when I say "characters," I mean it!  I love to write about silly, naughty, intelligent, mistake-making kids. I also like to write more serious books that weave in history and complex topics. 

I've finished four young adult novels, and have an idea brewing for a fifth. My novels are a perfect place to dump all of my crazy, disturbed ideas, and I seem to have plenty of those!  Probably because I remember my teenage years so vividly...and they were...colorful.

Feel free to browse around, and do come back again soon.  This website is a work in progress...just like me.

(Oh, by the way... If you meet me in person, I will probably not look like this picture. I like to change my hair, and sometimes I wear glasses. Also, Alan is a really good photographer!)
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