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Nikki Shannon Smith is the author of seventeen published and forthcoming books, ranging from board books to young adult novels. Her work includes five titles in Capstone’s multi-author, historical fiction/adventure, middle grade series, Girls Survive. These titles are about fictional girls who survived the Tulsa Race Massacre, Underground Railroad, Titanic, Oregon Trail, and the Civil War. Nikki also wrote A Star Like Jesse Owens, a Smithsonian Historical Fiction title about the 1936 Olympics. She is the author of the Azaleah Lane chapter book series as well. Forthcoming in 2022 and 2023 are five titles with Random House, including the Little Golden Book, Our Beautiful Colors, and her four-title board book series, Brown Baby Parade. Her writing is informed not only by her research, but by her child-like curiosity and nearly thirty years of elementary school teaching experience.
Nikki was born and raised in Oakland, CA. She was a bookish child, who sometimes got in trouble for reading instead of doing chores or homework. She now lives in Woodland, CA, but sneaks away for conferences and author visits whenever she can. Nikki is a daydreamer, lover of sweets and scary movies, and frequent visitor of Disneyland. In her spare time she loves to visit the coast. The first thing she packs in her suitcase is always a book. Learn more about Nikki and her books at http://nikkishannonsmith.com/.
Kirkus reviews The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane: "... a fast-paced and fun read...Young readers will be happy to make Azaleah's acquaintance." Read the full review here.
California Kids! December 2011, The Book Report, p. 13 Read it here. http://www.valcomnews.com/wp-content/PDFs/CalKids/CK1112.pdf
The Today Show: Jill's Steals and Deals, 12/4/13, The Little Christmas Elf and other Little Golden Books are featured. (video no longer available)
View free online! "Justice for All", Bay Area Book Festival, 5/9/20, Nikki and Innosanto Nagara chat with moderator Aria Sindledecker about social justice and activism in children's books.
Archived List: Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment: http://www.ycwhm.org/past-luncheons
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