Niki Ahrens

Niki Ahrens lives in San Diego, CA with her spouse, her inquisitive children Edel and Remy, and four pets. She is an outdoor education coordinator, naturalist, and intercultural consultant. Niki works to disrupt inequities by connecting nature and social justice learning experiences. She is likely out birding on a nature walk.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
—Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Maya Angelou, Rachel Carson, and Janell Cannon

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love that words can invite us to wonder about and wander our world. When I write, I get to read and explore where we’ve been and where we could go.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Observe and wonder about the world you’re helping remake, then create what matters to you.