OVERRIDE

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

Coretta Scott King Medal for Illustrators

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

BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

The Sun Is So Quiet

Nikki Giovanni; Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

Quiet . . .like a quilt on a feather bed . . .and frost on the window . . .we write our names knowing . . .the sun will melt them offBut the sun is so quiet . . .that...

Buy

Lincoln and Douglass

Nikki Giovanni; illustrations by Bryan Collier

Our sixteenth president is known for many things: he delivered the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address during the Civil War. He was tall and skinny and notoriously...

Buy

Rosa

Nikki Giovanni; Illustrated by Bryan Collier

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 give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus.

Buy

The album that earned soul legend Aretha Franklin her first major hits, I Never Loved A Man the Way I Loved You was a pop and soul music milestone. Apart from its status as a hit record,...

Buy

VIEW MORE WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR

VIEW ALL WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
BACK