The Neighborhood Sing-Along
Bank Street Children's Book Committee - Building Blocks Selection for Children Five & Under

ALA Notable Book 2007
Junior Library Guild Selection 2006
Read On Wisconsin book of the month December 2006

The Neighborhood Mother Goose

ALA Notable Book 2005
Texas Library Association 2x2 Reading List 2005
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2004
CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Council) Choice 2004
Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children
School Library Journal Best Books 2004
Kirkus Reviews 2004 Editor’s Choice List
Parenting Magazine Books of the Year 2004
Cuyahoga County Public Library Children’s Books to Read and Own

You Are Here
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 1998

CCBC Choice 1997
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 1997

One Hot Summer Day
CCBC Choice 1995
Junior Library Guild Selection 1995

About Nina Crews

photo ninacrewsNina Crews is a critically acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. She uses photographs and photocollages to create energetic stories about young children. Her career began in 1995 with One Hot Summer Day which Kirkus Reviews hailed as "the debut of a welcome new voice and vision." Two of her books, The Neighborhood Mother Goose and Below were ALA Notable selections.

Nina’s work has explored a variety of themes. She has updated classic material in The Neighborhood Mother Goose as well as in her recent titles, The Neighborhood Sing-Along and Jack and the Beanstalk. She has written stories of children’s imaginary adventures in Below, Sky-High Guy, You Are Here and I’ll Catch the Moon. She has explored simple experiences of urban childhood in One Hot Summer Day and Snowball.

“I chose to make photographic books because photography was and is my favorite medium to work in. I write the story first, though most often a visual idea motivates me to start a book. Once the story is in place, I start to work with my models. The interaction between us always adds something to the project; their performances often generate new ideas.

“As I’ve read my work to children, I have found that they really respond enthusiastically to “real” pictures. They love hearing about the children who pose for the books – their names, ages and where they live. All of my subjects are family, friends and friends of friends. The books tell stories I’ve created, but also record these children at certain ages – they are stars.”

She is the daughter of children’s book authors Donald Crews Freight Train; Truck; Ten Black Dots; Shortcut and Ann JonasRound Trip; The Quilt; Splash; Color Dance.

Nina is a graduate of Yale University, where she received a BA in art. She also participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program. Nina lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.

more about Nina Crews:

video link to The Neighborhood Sing-Along reading at Community Bookstore

My interview on the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog - Traditional Songs for Today's Kids

audio link to Thera Martin Connolly interview with Nina Crews