Nina Crews

Nina Crews is a critically acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator. She uses photographs and photocollages to create energetic stories about young children. Two of her recent books, The Neighborhood Mother Goose and Below were ALA Notable selections. She is the daughter of children’s book authors Donald Crews—Freight Train; Truck; Ten Black Dots; Shortcut and Ann Jonas—Round Trip; The Quilt; Color Dance. Nina is a graduate of Yale University, where she received a BA in art. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

I had many favorite books and I still do. Here are a few: A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Little Bear by Else Homelund Minarik, CDB by William Steig, Nothing Ever Happens on My Block by Ellen Raskin

What’s your favorite line from a book?

I can’t name a single favorite as there are so many books with so many great lines. Here is one: “I have told him it’s very easy, anyone can fly. All you need is somewhere to go that you can’t get to any other way.”—Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love stories and I love making art. Picture books are a magical combination of both.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Be optimistic. Be focussed. Be true to yourself.