Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni
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Nikki Giovanni has written many books of poetry for children and adults. She is the author of Rosa, a Caldecott Honor book, Lincoln and Douglass, The Genie in the Jar, and Ego-tripping and Other Poems for Young People. Giovanni calls herself, "a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English."  She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Lincoln Heights, an all-black suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. She studied at Fisk University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University.
 
She published her first book of poetry, Black Feeling Black Talk, in 1968, and since then has become one of America’s most widely read poets. Oprah Winfrey named her as one of her twenty-five “Living Legends.” Her autobiography Gemini was a finalist for the National Book Award, and several of her books have received NAACP Image Awards. She has received some twenty-five honorary degrees, been named Woman of the Year by Mademoiselle Magazine, The Ladies Home Journal and Ebony, was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and has been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry.
 
Nikki Giovanni lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, where she is a professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.


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The Sun Is So Quiet

Nikki Giovanni; Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
Square Fish

Quiet . . . like a quilt on a feather bed . . . and frost on the window . . . we write our names knowing . . . the sun will melt them off But the sun is...


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Lincoln and Douglass

Nikki Giovanni; illustrations by Bryan Collier
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Our sixteenth president is known for many things: he delivered the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address. He was tall and skinny and notoriously...


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Rosa

Nikki Giovanni; Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Square Fish

Winner of the Caldecott Honor Medal and the Coretta Scott King Medal, this picture book tribute to Rosa Parks celebrates the 50th anniversary of her refusal to...


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Grand Mothers

Edited by Nikki Giovanni
Henry Holt and Co.

"While contributions from established writers....act as lures, the real treasure here are offered by relatively unkown authors. A diverse and moving...


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Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Like My Sister Kate

Nikki Giovanni
Henry Holt and Co.

A remarkable collection of poetry from the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, stitched together with commentary from Giovanni.... An important resource for those...


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Spin a Soft Black Song

Nikki Giovanni; Illustrated by George Martins
Square Fish

A favorite collection of thirty-five poems for and about black children celebrates the energy and joy of life. "Martins' black-and-white drawings exude...


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