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Nikki Grimes' Touring Schedule


March 27
Abbey of the Arts

7-8pm Ireland, 2-3 Eastern, 11am-12pm Pacific

April 1
St. Mary's College

San Francisco

April 27
Massachusetts Readers Association Conference


May 6
Hudson Children's Book Festival

Hudson, NY

May 21-31
Asian Festival of Children's Content


May 29
Australian Intl. School and
Stamford American


June 22-27
ALA Featured Speaker


July 13
Anne V. Zarrow Award Acceptance

Tulsa, Oklahoma

October 7
Picture Book Summit





January 29            
3pm CST

Nikki Spilling All the Tea on All Things Entertaining
Apple Podcast

February 25         
7pm EST

Write to Learn Virtual Authors' Series
Write to Learn Conference
Registration info:

February 26         
11:15am CST

National African American Read-in Day
Dallas ISD, Follett School Solutions and PRH

March 4      
1:15 EST

Author Assembly
Holt Public Schools, Holt Equity & Access
Live-streamed on Holt Public School YouTube Channel

March 11   
9:30am PST

Silicon Valley Reads/School Program
Santa Clara County Library

March 13
Silicon Valley Reads/Library Program
Santa Clara Library

March 19   
4pm PST

Conference keynote
Association of Teachers of English-Quebec

March 27   
11:30 EST

Saturday Morning with Joy Keys
Apple Podcast

April 10
San Antonio Book Festival

April 23      
3pm CST

Characters Who Speak Truth to Power
TLA San Antonio, TX

April 30      
7:30pm EST

Finding Joy in the Journey:
A Conversation with Jane Yolen


Educational Book & Media Association
Puerto Rico
Jan. 7-10

National Reading Recovery Conference
Columbus, OH
Feb. 10-11

Hubbs Children's Literature Festival
Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 15


Bologna Children's Book Fair
Bologna, Italy
April 1-4, 2019

University of Chicago
Word is Rhythm Poetry Festival

Chicago, IL
April 28-29

Hudson Children's Book Festival
Hudson, NY
May 4, 2019

American Library Association Conference
Washington, D.C.
June 20-25, 20019

Mazza Museum/Freed Series
Findlay University
Findlay, OH
September 13-14, 2019

Highlights Foundation Workshop
Honesdale, PA
September 25-29, 2019

NEIBA Conference Author Breakfast
Providence, RI
8:30 to 10:00 am
October 4, 2019

School Library Journal Day of Dialogue
Cambridge, MA
4:00 pm
October 4, 2019

Chappaqua Children's Book Festival
Chappaqua, NY
October 5, 2019

Books of Wonder
New York City, NY
6:00 to 8:00 pm
October 7, 2019

Langston Hughes House
Book Launch for Ordinary Hazards
Harlem, NY
7:00 to 9:00 pm
October 8, 2019

R.J. Julia Booksellers
October 9, 2019

Politics & Prose Bookstore
Washington, D.C.
October 10, 2019

Howard County Library System
Ellicott City, MD
October 11, 2019

Cellar Door Books
Riverside, CA
Sunday October 20, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Texas Book Festival
Austin, TX
October 26-27,2019

Rochester Children's Book Festival
Rochester, NY
November 2, 2019

FSU Swiacki Children's Literature Festival
Framingham State University
Framingham, MA
November 7, 2019

Baltimore, MD
November 21-24, 2019


Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN
March 8-10, 2018

Inlandia Institute
Inland Empire, CA
March 17, 2018

Kennesaw State Univ. Conference on Literature
Kennesaw, GA
March 20, 2018

Texas Library Association
Dallas, TX
April 3-6, 2018

Champaign Library
Champaign, Illinois 
April 11, 2018

Festival of Faith and Writing
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan
April 12-14, 2018

Bergen School District
Newark, NJ
April 20, 2018

San Diego School Library Leadership Conference
San Diego, CA 
April 24, 2018

Ole Orchard Elementary School
Columbus, OH
May 9, 2018

Highlights Artist Residency
Milanville, PA
June 11-15, 2018

Elbow Lake, MN
September 10, 2018

Virginia Hamilton Conference/
Arnold Adoff Poetry Award

Kent, Ohio
October 11-12, 2018

Ms. Grimes no longer offers in-person or virtual school visits or poetry workshops.

Ms. Grimes writes, "I have enjoyed visiting with students, over the years, both in person and via Skype and Zoom. However, I am finding it increasingly challenging to do school visits and meet my writing deadlines so I have decided to give up school visits. More than anything, I want to make sure I have time to write more books for my readers to enjoy. Somehow, I think my readers want that, too."

If you are interested in booking Ms. Grimes for a conference, send Ms. Grimes an e-mail.

Photo at left: Signing Danitra for a young reader at the 2015 ALA Conference in San Francisco, CA.

ALA is a great place to reconnect with fellow authors and friends, Sharon Draper and Nikki Giovanni.

I love collecting hugs at the end of school presentations, like this one at a school in Washington, D.C.

So grateful for school librarians like Susan Bloom, MaryBeth Kurspahic and Currie Renwick of the Capitol School District in Washington, D.C. They help bring children and books together.  What would authors do without them? (Dec. 2015)

Here's a one-of-a-kind moment at Summit Country Day School, in Cincinnati. A father and son performed "A Lesson From the Deaf", from Thanks a Million.  The poem is about saying thank you in sign language, and this pair brought my poem to life!  Wow.  

When I was a child, I wasn't allowed to write in a book.  Now, I'm asked to sign books all the time! So fun.

A school book club. What could be better?They enjoyed reading The Road to Paris together and had some great questions for me.


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