Author Nikki Grimes

nikki grimes promo graphic On display February 24, 2017 - March 24, 2017, on the First Floor North of the Pollak Library.

ABOUT THE curator

Joy Sage is an Instruction and Reference Librarian at CSUF's Pollak Library.

ABOUT THE author

Nikki Grimes  is an award-winning children's and young adult author. Grimes also writes poetry for children and adults. She is the recipient of the 2016  Virginia Hamiliton Literary Award  and the 2006  NCTE Award for Excellence  in Poetry for Children. Grimes is the recipient of the  2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.  The award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

About the display

The book display contains books written by Nikki Grimes, and from the library's juvenile and young adult literature collection. All other juvenile and young adult literature is located on the fourth floor north of Pollak Library.


The curator wishes to thank Trish Campbell, Exhibit Program Coordinator, and students, Mariana Peñaloza, Kamille Torres, Karen Vazquez, and Minh Luc for their assistance.

Related Programming

An author lecture is scheduled for March 21, 2017 in PLN-130 with a book signing immediately following the lecture:

Visit the program page  Author Talk with Nikki Grimes for more information. 


What is social justice, and how does it drive the poetry and fiction of Nikki Grimes?  Exploring her body of work with a special emphasis on books like  One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance, Chasing Freedom:The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Bessie Coleman, and bestselling novel,  Bronx Masquerade,  Grimes whip-stitches poetry and fiction throughout her talk while discussing the threads of social justice that weave her literary works into a single tapestry, and why that theme is particularly pertinent today.

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Exhibit Location

On display February 24, 2017 - March 24, 2017, on the First Floor North of the Pollak Library.