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Welcome to Nikki's Jam!
NEW BOOK!
POEMS OUT LOUD
Nikki reads “Jabari Unmasked” from One Last Word, one of her favorite books. All the poems in One Last Word are Golden Shovel poems. Several of the lines are borrowed from “We Wear The Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, one of her favorite poets from the Harlem Renaissance.
Nikki shares two poems from Marcel Dixon, one of her favorite characters from Between the Lines. Between The Lines is the companion to Bronx Masquerade. Thank you to Penguin Books for allowing me to share these poems!
WRITING PROMPTS
Nikki reads poems “Truth,” “A Safe Place,” and “The Sculptor” from One Last Word, one of her favorite books. All the poems in One Last Word are Golden Shovel poems where several of the lines are borrowed from her favorite poets from the Harlem Renaissance. Cover illustration by Christopher Myers. Thank you Bloomsbury for allowing me to share this book!
Nikki shares the inspiration and techniques used to write paired poems for A Pocketful of Poems. She explains how she used haikus to write free verse poems that capture Tiana's lively spirit and urban outlook. A Pocketful of Poems is illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. Thank you, Houghton Mifflin!
From a Child's Heart is a collection of poems from Nikki Grimes inspired by pictures from Brenda Joysmith. In this writing prompt, Nikki challenges writers to look at an inspirational photo or piece of art and create their own poem!
Nikki Grimes shares poems about one of her favorite cakes, Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Here are five steps to creating your very own poem about your favorite food!
READING OUT LOUD
Nikki reads “New Kid,” chapter 1 from Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel. Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel is the first book in a series of chapter books about a great girl, unlike any other girl you've ever met, or maybe she is just like you! (To hear the full recordings of the Dyamonde Daniel books in Nikki’s own voice, pick up the audiobooks by Recorded Books at your local independent bookstore.)
Nikki reads “Lonely Girl,” chapter 2 from Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel,
the first book in a series of chapter books about a great girl, unlike any other girl you've ever met, or maybe she is just like you! Thank you Penguin Books for allowing me to share this! (To hear the full recordings of the Dyamonde Daniel books in Nikki’s own voice, pick up the audiobooks by Recorded Books at your local independent bookstore.)
Nikki reads chapter 1 “Rich,” from Book 2 in the Dyamonde Daniel series. Rich is the second book in a series of chapter books about a great girl, unlike any other girl you've ever met, or maybe she is just like you! (To hear the full recordings of the Dyamonde Daniel books in Nikki’s own voice, pick up the audiobooks by Recorded Books at your local independent bookstore.)
Nikki reads “Surprise,” chapter 2 from Rich, a Dyamonde Daniel Book. Rich is the second book in a series of chapter books about a great girl, unlike any other girl you've ever met, or maybe she is just like you! (To hear the full recordings of the Dyamonde Daniel books in Nikki’s own voice, pick up the audiobooks by Recorded Books at your local independent bookstore.)
INTERVIEWS and GUEST APPEARANCES
I was a recent guest on Sree Sreenivasan's "@Sree's Daily Covid19 Show #46: Poetry Night," in celebration of National Poetry Month.

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