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Nikki Slade Robinson

Nikki Slade Robinson publicity shot 2016 crop-683 When she was 5, Nikki Slade RobinsonI decided she wanted to 'do kids' books' when she grew up. She had no idea if this was something ordinary people could do for a job, but she chugged away in that direction regardeless. This meant drawing copiously on almost everything. As she grew older, it also meant playing with words as well as pictures. And of course devouring books! Christmas always seemed to bring a nice big fat newsprint pad and a roll of sellotape, maybe some felt pens.
Nikki did art and tech drawing at Opotiki College, then went on to gain a Diploma of Visual Communications Design (Illustration) from Wellington Polytechnic. From there she  went around lots of publishers, showing them her illustration work. That's how she got into children's books first: through illustrating - first for Scholastic, then for other publishers. She began submitting manuscripts too, with Penguin picking up what became her first book as author /illustrator. Nikki loves doing this for a living. "The creative process is so much fun," she says. "It's a thrill seeing the finished product, and I love being able to work in my own studio and set my own hours - even though at times they can be very very long!"

Selected bibliography:

Works illustrated:

  • The Cross Little Cat/Te Poti Pukuriri by Robyn Pierce  (Scholastic 1992)
  • Don't forget that Box by Barbara Hill (Scholastic 1992)
  • The Puriri Tree/Te Puriri by Merito Tawhara (Huia 2000)
  • An explanation of Poetry to my Father by Glenn Colquhoun (Steele Roberts 2001)
  • Mr Short, Mr Thin, Mr Bald and Mr Dog by Glenn Colquhoun (Steele Roberts 2005)
  • How We Fell by Glenn Colquhoun ( Steele Roberts 2006)
  • The Pine-cone Track by Joan Anderson (Scholastic 2007)
  • The Seven Stars of Matariki/Te Huihui o Matariki by Toni Rolleston-Cummins (Huia 2008)
  • Starkey the Gentle Pirate by Peter Bland (Steele Roberts 2010)
  • In Love with Moko: The story of a New Zealand Dolphin co-authored with Val Bird, (Mann Print 2011)
  • Mind your Gramma by Yvonne Morrison (Scholastiic 2012)
  • Munkle Arvur and the Bod text and illustrations (Scholastic 2012)
  • Paradise: Eastern Bay of Plenty co-authored with Andrea Cooper, (Mann Print 2015)
  • Witch's Cat Wanted: Apply Within by Joy H Davidson (Scholastic 2016)
  • So Special written by David Hill (Duck Creek Press 2017)
Also illustrations for many educational publications/books.

Written and Illustrated:

  • That's not Junk!  (Penguin 2009)
  • Hannah Bandanna's Hair  (Scholastic 2010)
  • Munkle Arvur and the Bod  (Scholastic 2012)
  • Munkle Arvur and the Bid Dry  (Scholastic 2014)
  • Muddle and Mo (Duck Creek Press 2015)
  • The Roadman Boogie (Duck Creek Press 2015)
  • The Little Kiwi's Matariki (Duck Creek Press 2016)
  • Muddle and Mo's Worm Surprise (Duck Creek Press 2016)
  • I am an Artist (Duck Creek Press 2016)
  • Ruru's Hangi  (Duck Creek Press 2017)
  • LIANZA Te Kura Pounamu Medal Winner 2001 for The Puriri Tree/Te Puriri
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2009 for The Seven Stars of Matariki/Te Huihui o Matariki
  • Sir Julius Vogel Finalist for Professional Illustration 2009 for The Seven Stars of Matariki/Te Huihui o Matariki
  • Pride in Print: Highly Commended Professional Design 2012 for In Love with Moko
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2016 for Muddle & Mo,
  • NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016, Best Picture Book winner for The Little Kiwi’s Matariki
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2017 for Witch's Cat Wanted: Apply Within
  • New Zealand Children's Art House Foundation award for Artist Most Supporting Children 2017
Other Resources
Free teacher notes and activity sheets available for many titles. Please visit Nikki's Facebook page to view, and request copies: Nikki Slade Robinson: Illustrator/Author



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