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Nikki Grimes Books In Order

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Publication Order of Danitra Brown Books

Meet Danitra Brown (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Danitra Brown Leaves Town (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Danitra Brown, Class Clown (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dyamonde Daniel Books

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rich (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Almost Zero (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Halfway to Perfect (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Garvey Books

Garvey's Choice (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Garvey in the Dark (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Oh, Bother! Books

with Betty G. Birney
Oh, Bother! No One's Listening (By: Betty G. Birney) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oh, Bother! Someone's Baby-Sitting (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oh, Bother! Someone's Fighting (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oh Bother: Someone Didn't Say Thank You (By: Sheryl Berk) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Growin' (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jazmin's Notebook (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stepping Out with Grandma Mac (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bronx Masquerade (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Sons (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Road to Paris (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Girl Named Mister (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Planet Middle School (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Disney's The Little Mermaid (1605)Description / Buy at Amazon
Something on My Mind (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Disney's Mickey Mouse In Sky Island (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mickey Mouse in the Viking's Eye (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Minnie 'n Me (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walt Disney's Pinocchio (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Minnie's New Friend (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
From a Child's Heart (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walt Disney's Cinderella (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
C is for City (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild, Wild Hair (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baby's Bedtime (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Man Blue (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
At Break of Day (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aneesa Lee and the Weaver's Gift (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Daddy Prays (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Under the Christmas Tree (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Day with Daddy (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Gorilla Goes Walking (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oh, Brother! (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chasing Freedom (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Watcher (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bedtime for Sweet Creatures (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Southwest Sunrise (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Off to See the Sea (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Playtime for Restless Rascals (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Walk in the Woods (With: Jerry Pinkney) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lullaby for the King (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Come Sunday (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's Raining Laughter (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dime a Doze (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hopscotch Love (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Is it Far to Zanzibar? (With: Betsy Lewin) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shoe Magic (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Pocketful of Poems (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreams by Day, Dreams by Night (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
What is Goodbye? (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
At Jerusalem's Gate (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thanks a Million (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Welcome, Precious (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voices of Christmas (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poems in the Attic (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Last Word (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Between the Lines (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legacy (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Glory in the Margins (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Malcolm X (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Portrait of Mary (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Talkin' About Bessie (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tai Chi Morning (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barack Obama (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of the Dark (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Words with Wings (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ordinary Hazards (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Jerry Pinkney as Illustrator Books

Tales from Africa (By: Jerry Pinkney,Lila Green) (0)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ugly Duckling (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1843)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Match Girl (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1845)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1894)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Education of Henry Adams (By: Jerry Pinkney,Henry Adams) (1918)Description / Buy at Amazon
Early Autumn (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flowering of New England (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lolita (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbit, Run (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventures of Spider (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year Around Book (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
This is Music for Kindergarten and Nursery School (By: Jerry Pinkney,Adeline McCall) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traveling Frog (By: Jerry Pinkney,V. M. Garshin) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Book of Shapes & Sizes (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beautiful Blue Jay, and other Tales of India (By: Jerry Pinkney,John W. Spellman) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Even Tiny Ants Must Sleep (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Clock Museum (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ken. Sobol) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Folktales and Fairytales of Africa (By: Jerry Pinkney,Lila Green) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shoes, Pennies, and Rockets (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ralph Alan Dale) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kostas the Rooster (By: Jerry Pinkney,Traudl) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Twin Witches of Fingle Fu (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Juano and the Wonderful Fresh Fish. (By: Jerry Pinkney,Thelma. Shaw) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Babushka and the Pig (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ann Trofimuk) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Porcupine and the Tiger (By: Jerry Pinkney,Fern Powell) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cora Annett's Homerhenry (By: Jerry Pinkney,Cora Annett) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King's Ditch (By: Jerry Pinkney,Francine Jacobs) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Planet of Junior Brown (By: Jerry Pinkney,Virginia Hamilton) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Femi and Old Grandaddie (By: Jerry Pinkney,Adjai Robinson) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
JD (By: Jerry Pinkney,Mari Evans) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kasho and the Twin Flutes. (By: Jerry Pinkney,Adjai Robinson) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prince Littlefoot (By: Jerry Pinkney,Berniece Freschet) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mickey and Minny (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Minu (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roots of Time (By: Jerry Pinkney,Margo Jefferson,Elliott P. Skinner) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Song of the Trees (By: Jerry Pinkney,Mildred D. Taylor) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wuthering Heights (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (By: Jerry Pinkney,Mildred D. Taylor) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yagua Days (By: Jerry Pinkney,Cruz Martel) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Winthrop Covenant (By: Jerry Pinkney,Louis Auchincloss) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gulliver's Travels (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected plays (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ji-Nongo-Nongo Means Riddles (By: Jerry Pinkney,Verna Aardema) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
History of Tom Jones a Founding (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir (By: Jerry Pinkney,Eloise Greenfield,Lessie Jones Little) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tonweya and the Eagles (By: Jerry Pinkney,Rosebud Yellow Robe) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
These Thirteen (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Adventures of Spider (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Count on Your Fingers African Style (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Covenant (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jahdu (By: Jerry Pinkney,Virginia Hamilton) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbit Redux (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monster Myths of Ancient Greece (By: Jerry Pinkney,William A. Wise) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Apples On A Stick (By: Jerry Pinkney,Barbara Michels,Bettye White) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Patchwork Quilt (By: Jerry Pinkney,Valerie Flournoy) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Half a Moon and One Whole Star (By: Jerry Pinkney,Crescent Dragonwagon) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Wild Sunflower Child Anna (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nancy White Carlstrom) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pop-Up: Strange Animals of the Sea (By: National Geographic Society,Jerry Pinkney,Jane Heath Buxton) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirandy and Brother Wind (By: Jerry Pinkney,Patricia McKissack) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Green Lion of Zion Street (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julia Fields) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Tales of Uncle Remus (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion (By: Jerry Pinkney,Verna Aardema) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Talking Eggs (By: Jerry Pinkney,Robert D. San Souci) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Turtle in July (By: Jerry Pinkney,Marilyn Singer) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Home Place (By: Jerry Pinkney,Crescent Dragonwagon) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pretend You're a Cat (By: Jerry Pinkney,Jean Marzollo) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
In for Winter, Out for Spring (By: Jerry Pinkney,Arnold Adoff) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Kept His Heart in a Bucket (By: Jerry Pinkney,Sonia Levitin) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Their Eyes Were Watching God (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
David's Songs (By: Jerry Pinkney,Colin Eisler) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Back Home (By: Jerry Pinkney,Gloria Jean Pinkney) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drylongso (By: Jerry Pinkney,Virginia Hamilton) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Starlit Somersault Downhill (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nancy Willard) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Want to Be (By: Jerry Pinkney,Thylias Moss) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Shoes for Silvia (By: Jerry Pinkney,Johanna Hurwitz) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sunday Outing (By: Jerry Pinkney,Gloria Jean Pinkney) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Henry (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jungle Book (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tanya's Reunion (By: Jerry Pinkney,Valerie Flournoy) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman (By: Jerry Pinkney,Alan Schroeder) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sam and the Tigers (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hired Hand (By: Jerry Pinkney,Robert D. San Souci) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Journeys with Elijah (By: Jerry Pinkney,Barbara Diamond Goldin) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aesop's Fables (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Albidaro and the Mischievous Dream (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goin' Someplace Special (By: Jerry Pinkney,Patricia McKissack) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Noah's Ark (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nightingale (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
God Bless the Child (By: Jerry Pinkney,Billie Holiday,Arthur Herzog III) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Old African (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julius Lester) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Music from Our Lord's Holy Heaven Book and CD (By: Jerry Pinkney,Brian Pinkney,Myles C. Pinkney,Gloria Jean Pinkney) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ain't Nobody a Stranger to Me (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ann Grifalconi) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll (By: Jerry Pinkney,Patricia McKissack) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Moon Over Star (By: Jerry Pinkney,Dianna Hutts Aston) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweethearts of Rhythm (By: Jerry Pinkney,Marilyn Nelson) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Starlit Snowfall (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nancy Willard) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The First Adventures of Spider (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Further Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Plain Sight (By: Jerry Pinkney,RichardJackson) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Boot (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation (By: Jerry Pinkney,Barry Wittenstein) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Home in the Barn (By: Margaret Wise Brown,Jerry Pinkney) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Billie Holiday: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Billie Holiday,Khanya Mtshali) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Mermaid (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Walk in the Woods (With: Jerry Pinkney) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

First Kissof True Lip-Locked Moments(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amazing Faces(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Exquisite Corpse Adventure(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Minute till Bedtime(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ab Normal: Short Stories That Smash Mental Health Stereotypes(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Calling the Moon(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Nikki Grimes is a bestselling author of children’s fiction and inspirational fiction in addition to some critically acclaimed poetry.

Surprisingly, the 2022 Virginia Lifetime Achievement award-winning author never considered herself a bonafide storyteller. She believes she has always been is a good poet, even though she had become known as a prolific artist and bestselling author.
Over the years, Nikki Grimes has penned all manner of award-winning fiction for young adults and children. She is also the author of numerous novels and picture books including “Barack Obama,” which would become a New York Times bestselling title.
In addition to her children’s fiction works she has also been featured in the likes of the “Journal of Religion & Art,” “Essence,” “Image,” “Book Links,” and “Today’s Christian Woman.”

Given her reputation, she frequently conducts poetry lectures and poetry readings at international schools across the globe.

During the 1970s, she was the host and coproducer of WBAI FM’s “The Kid’s Show.” She was also the host of “Grunslost,” a Swedish Educational Radio program for immigrants when she lived in Sweden.

Most of Nikki Grimes’s novels are a reflection of her experience living as an African American woman in New York during the 60s. She published “Growin’” her debut novel in 1977.

Grimes began writing as a six-year-old as she loved words and languages. She was always fascinated by the notion that one word could have all manner of meanings.

During this time, she used to do all manner of word jumbles, puzzles, and games. She used to take a dictionary and pick words to see if she was able to pick out all the different meanings and how to use the word.

Born and raised in Harlem in New York, she first attended a Countee Cullen library poetry reading when she was six years old. The library often held poetry reading sessions for young poets, most of who were older than she was at the time.
When she was thirteen, her father signed her up and encouraged her to be brave by looking into his eyes when she did her first reading. She would then get a lot of encouragement from her father and sister who she was living with.
In fact, she credits her sister for being embarrassingly supportive and always saying she would one day be a renowned poet.

Whenever Nikki Grimes wrote something even if it was in the middle of the night, her sister would always be there to listen to her read it.

While she is now a renowned author and poet, Nikki Grimes still works very hard. Whenever she is home, she will usually write six days a week during the early mornings.

In fact, her car and house are full of notepads as she can often get ideas from anywhere and at any time. She usually feels her ideas better when she writes on a pad that she will then ultimately write into a word processor on her computer for editing.
Once she is done writing, she usually gets the manuscript to teachers and other writer friends that she trusts for feedback.

She is also part of an arts group that comprises columnists, writers, essayists, painters, composers, and sculptors that has been going strong for more than two decades.

She will often read excerpts of her novels and poems to the group for feedback and then take some notes before editing her work.
She takes her editing very seriously and always ensures that it has been seen by another set of eyes and combed through thoroughly by herself before it is published.

Nikki Grimes’s novel “Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel” is a work that introduced the lead as a third grader with crazy wild hair who is also as skinny as a toothpick.
The saving grace is that she is also fun and brilliant but this has not yet been able to solve her biggest problem.

What she really needs and wants is a best friend but no one at her new school seems interested in the position.

But then she is lucky that another new kid joins her class but he just happens to be the rudest, mopiest, and grumpiest kid Dyamonde has ever dealt with. It does not take long before she wants to understand what his problem is.
Soon enough they are fast friends as she investigates her new friend trying to cheer him up. Dyamonde Daniel is an interesting character with a good heart.

Nonetheless, this does not take away from the other characters and themes Grimes tackles such as the lack of apartment space, divorce, and unemployment.

Nikki writes about a plucky third-grade girl who has to face the pain of poverty and divorce but still manages to navigate the rigors of school, make a lot of friends and have empathy and inclusion on her radar.

“Rich” by Nikki Grimes follows the spirited young African American girl that was introduced in the first novel of the series. Dyamonde’s best friend is a girl named Fee who always had a desire for more money.
Free and Dyamonde are excited to participate in a school poetry contest as the winner is set to get published in the newspaper and receive a prize of $100.

Free has been dreaming of how she would spend the prize money if she is the winner but Damaris participates in the contest for a very different purpose.

Dyamonde finds Damaris’ entry into the competition weird and wants to understand her motivation and soon enough discovers that there is more to life than money or being rich.

The work explains what it is to be homeless and poor in a way that learned can relate to. The author also does a very good job of giving insights into aspects of sympathy and exploring Damaris’ character.
It also emphasizes that friendship can be important in enriching lives, even if the people involved do not have much money.

Nikki Grimes’s “Almost Zero” continues to follow third grader Dyamonde Daniel and her new classmate Tameeka.

The latter has recently gotten new sneakers and has been telling Dyamonde that her mother needs to get her new ones too since it is her job to get her whatever she needs.

Upon arriving home, she demands that her mother get her the latest sneakers. When she comes back home from school the following day, she finds her room empty.

It turns out that her mother has hidden all her playthings and is only providing her with the bare necessities that she really needs.

Dyamonde is frustrated and does not understand what is happening until the house of one of her classmates burns down. She knows her friend really needs clothes and donates some of her extra ones to her.
It makes for great work that teaches students about not being too hung up on material possessions. It is also effective at teaching learners the difference between needs and wants.

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