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Welcoming Nikki Grimes

Eleventh annual Karla Harry Visiting Author arrives Monday
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Nikki Grimes will be on Gordon’s campus Monday, November 27th to Thursday, November 30th as the eleventh annual Karla Harry Visiting Author. She will give presentations to all three divisions of the school, and lead workshops with Kindergarten classrooms, third, fifth and seventh grades, and faculty and staff.

Over the Thanksgiving break, fifth grader’s reviews of Nikki Grimes’ work will appear on Gordon’s Instagram and Facebook

In preparation for her visit, the Joukowsky Family Library team has been sharing her website, a recent podcast, and the text of her speech accepting the  Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for an outstanding contribution to children's literature. Nikki Grimes’ work has been read at every grade level since last spring, including Garvey’s Choice, which the entire Middle School read together in September. 
The Karla Harry Visiting Author program is held in memory of a beloved Gordon librarian, administrator and parent.

A New York Times bestselling author, Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the much-honored books Garvey's Choice, ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, Words with Wings, and The Road to Paris. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.


The residency coincides with the annual GCA Book Fair, and Ms. Grimes will be signing books at the fair between 3:30 and 5:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. This is open to the public; share the Facebook event.


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