Nikki Shannon Smith
Children's Author, Teacher, Presenter


New titles coming in 2020:

January 1, 2020
(New Series)

February 1, 2020

Latest Developments: 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 here.

I'm currently booking events for 2019-2020. You can email me at for more information about school visits, signings, appearances and workshops.

   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 I have LOTS of unpublished manuscripts as well.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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