Nikki Shannon Smith
Children's Author, Teacher, Presenter

Photos from past events:

Nikki is currently booking virtual visits through 2020. She hopes to resume in-person visits in January 2021.

Now scheduling events for Fall 2020...and beyond!
See 'Book a Visit' page for information.

To contact Nikki about a visit, email her at


National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Conference, (Denver, CO), November 19-22, 2020
Panel: Diversity within Diversity: #OwnVoices Chapter Books and Early Readers (Panelists include Nikki, Vong Bidania, Susan Muaddi Darraj, and Andrea L. Rodgers), 11/21/20, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
This event requires registration. For more information, click 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. 


Past Appearances:


Spencer Loomis Elementary School, 4th Grade Virtual Book Club Chat, (Hawthorn Woods, IL), 5/13/20
Bay Area Book Festival #Unbound, Online, Interview: Justice for All,  5/9/20
Maeola Beitzel Elementary School: Family Reading Night (Elk Grove, CA), 3/5/20
Face in a Book Bookstore (El Dorado Hills, CA), 2/22/20
Avid Reader (Davis, CA) 2/15/20
California School Library Association Annual Conference (City of Industry, CA), 2/6 - 2/8/20
The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane Book Launch Party at Mary L. Stephens Library (Davis, CA), 1/18/20
SCBWI's Our Own Backyard Event, Paths to Publication Panel Moderator (Davis, CA), 1/11/20
Blog interview: Author 2 Author Chat with Charvella Campbell 1/5/20

Face in a Book Bookstore: Little Golden Book Extravaganza (El Dorado Hills, CA) 10/20/19
California Reading Association (CRA) Conference, Presenter (McClellan Park, CA) 10/18-10/19/19
KDRT Radio Interview: "That's Life" with Lois Richter, 95.7FM (Davis, CA) 8/1/19
American Library Association (ALA) Conference: Capstone Booth (Washington, DC) 6/23/19
Friends of the Davis Public Library Meeting, Keynote Speaker: Mary L. Stephens Library (Davis, CA) 5/19/19
Turn the Page!: Children's Fairyland (Oakland, CA) 5/18/19
Redwood Heights Elementary School: Author Visit (Oakland, CA) 5/13/19
Local Author Expo: Folsom Public Library (Folsom, CA) 4/27/19
Avid Reader (Davis, CA) 3/16/19
Dr. Andy's Poetry and Technology Hour, KDVS Radio, 90.3 (Davis, CA) 2/27/19
Black History Month Celebration: Mary L. Stephens Library (Davis, CA) 2/17/19
Face in a Book (El Dorado Hills, CA) 2/16/19
Barnes & Noble (Citrus Heights, CA) 2/2/19
Avid Reader (Davis, CA) 2/1/19

Cambridge Heights Elementary School Pajama Party (Barnes & Noble, Citrus Heights, CA) 11/15/18
SCBWI-CA: North/Central: Annual Spring Spirit Conference (Citrus Heights, CA) 4/7/18
     (Panel Moderator: Pass or Play First Pages Panel)


American Lakes Elementary School (Natomas/Sacramento, CA) 12/20/17
Davis Christmas Tree Lighting Festival (The Avid Reader, Davis, CA) 11/30/17
Face in a Book Bookstore: Five-Author Fest (El Dorado Hills, CA) 11/18/17
SCBWI California North/Central Annual Spring Spirit Conference (Citrus Heights, CA) 4/1/17
(Panel Moderator: On Writing The Truth: Diversity in Children's Literature)

SCBWI California North/Central: An Introduction to Writing Picture Books (Davis, CA) 8/27/16

SCBWI California North/Central Annual Spring Spirit Conference (Citrus Heights, CA) 5/2/15
(Presentation: Getting to the (Common) Core of Your Book)

Costco Wholesale Book Signing (Woodland, CA) 12/13/14
Discovery Weekend (Barnes & Noble, Roseville, CA) 11/22/14
ScholarShare Children's Book Festival (Fairytale Town, Sacramento, CA) 9/28/14
Yolo County Women's History Month Celebration (Woodland, CA) 3/6/14

Merryhill School (Elk Grove, CA) 12/20/12
Sacramento Philharmonic Fundraiser at Plates Cafe (Sacramento, CA) 12/9/12
Towne Center Books (Pleasanton, CA) 12/2/12
Pronzini Christmas Tree Lots (Woodland, San Rafael, Greenbrae, CA) 12/1/12, 12/8/12
Copperfield's Books (Napa, CA) 11/11/12
SCBWI CA North/Central Spring Spirit Conference (Rocklin, CA) 4/21/12
(Presentation: Lesson Plans for Books)

Korematsu Elementary School (Davis, CA), 12/14/11
Winter Wonderland (Fairytale Town, Sacramento, CA), 12/10/11
Davis Christmas Tree Lighting Festival (The Avid Reader, Davis, CA), 12/1/11
SCBWI SF North & East Bay Region Fall Conference (Mills College, Oakland, CA), 10/22/11
ScholarShare Children's Book Festival (Fairytale Town, Sacramento, CA), 9/24-9/25/11
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