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Nikki Slade Robinson

Nikki Slade Robinson has always wanted to ‘do’ picture books, so grew up drawing copiously on almost everything everywhere. Once she could read and write, she began playing with words alongside pictures. And of course she devoured books! Christmas always seemed to bring a nice big fat newsprint pad and a roll of sellotape, maybe some felt pens.

She entered the picture book world through illustrating – first for Scholastic, then for other publishers. Penguin published my first book as author /illustrator, That’s not Junk!.

Nikki says she “loves the creative process. 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!”

Single Profile

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)
  • 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)
  • There’s a Tui in our Teapot by Dawn McMillan (Oratia 2018)
  • William’s Waitangi Day by David Ling (Duck Creek Press 2018)
  • The Marae Visit by Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington (Duck Creek Press 2019)
  • Hedgehog Heart by James Antoniou (Duck Creek Press 2020)
  • Sharing with Wolf by Melinda Szymanik (Scholastic 2020)
  • Sam’s Bath by Ali Foster (Duck Creek Press 2020)
  • Good for you, Helen Dew by Ali Foster and Catherine Cooper (Duck Creek Press 2021)
  • There’s a Moa in the Moonlight by Dawn McMillan (Oratia 2021)

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)
  • Weka’s Waiata (Duck Creek Press 2018)
  • The little Kiwi and the Treaty (Duck Creek Press 2018)
  • Muddle & Mo’s Rainy Day (Duck Creek Press 2018)
  • Bottoms (Duck Creek Press 2019)
  • That’s not Junk! Limited edition (Nikki Slade Robinson Publishing 2021)
  • Sharing with Wolf (Scholastic 2021)
  • Hauraki Broo / Nga Puru o Hauraki (Duck Creek Press 2022)


  • 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 for I am an Artist
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2019 for Muddle & Mo’s Rainy Day
  • NZ Booklovers Highly Commended Award 2021 for Sharing with Wolf
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2021 for Sharing with Wolf

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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