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Niki Daly

Niki Daly

Born and raised in a working-class family, Niki Daly has lived in Cape Town, South Africa, for most of his life, except for a spell in London, where he almost made it as a pop star.


A talented musician, artist, illustrator, writer, teacher, and publisher, it is as a creator of children’s books that Niki Daly is known and loved, and to which he now devotes himself full-time, illustrating both his own stories and those of others. His work is recognized worldwide, and he has received some of the world’s most prestigious prizes for children’s literature.

Not So Fast Songololo won the Katrine Harries Award for Children’s Book Illustrations in South Africa and a Parents’ Choice Award in the United States. In 1995, The New York Times selected Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky as one of the ten best illustrated books published in the USA. Also in 1995, Niki received an IBBY Honours Award for the illustrations in All the Magic in the World. Other acclaimed picture books include Jamela’s Dress, an ALA Notable Children’s Book, and Happy Birthday, Jamela!, a USBBY-CBC Outstanding International Book. In 2004, Niki was selected by IBBY as a Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee.

One of Niki’s favorite themes is the solitary child who discovers self-worth with the help of an adult. “As a solitary child myself, I suppose I have always counted on there being a

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