• Nikki Slade Robinson

    Public Email nikkisladerobinson@gmail.com
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    At age 5 I decided to ‘do’ children’s books when I grew up.  I had no idea if that was possible!  I drew and wrote on anything I could get my hands on.  My high school maths report suggested I shouldn’t draw so much in my maths book, but I couldn’t help it.  I kept following my dream... and here I am! 

    After three years at Wellington Polytechnic’s School of Design I freelanced, illustrating both commercially and for publishers.  I now also write children’s books.

    If you'd like free Teacher Notes and/or activity sheets to accompany my books, message me on my Facebook page (Nikki Slade Robinson: Illustrator/Author or drop me an email (nikkisladerobinson@gmail.com).

    As Author and Illustrator:

    "Ruru's Hangi" - Pub Duck Creek Press 2017. The sequel to "The little Kiwi's Matariki"

    'I am an Artist" - Pub Duck Creek Press 2016, North American release by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

    “Muddle & Mo’s Worm Surprise” – Pub Duck Creek Press 2016

    “The little Kiwi’s Matariki” – Pub Duck Creek Press 2016. Winner Best Picture Book 2016 in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. No. 1 on bestseller list.

    ‘The Roadman Boogie” – Pub Duck Creek Press 2015 (international release by Starfish Bay)

    “Muddle & Mo” – Pub Duck Creek Press 2015 (North American release by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Australian release by Starfish Bay, release for China) Storylines Notable Book Award 2016

    “Munkle Arvur and the Big Dry” – Pub Scholastic 2014

    “Lissy Lamont and the Extreme Scheme Team” – Pub OceanBooks 2012

    “Munkle Arvur and the Bod”  - Pub Scholastic 2012, has also toured schools in the Gisborne region as a performance work.

    “Hannah Bandanna’s Hair” – Pub Scholastic 2010, top 10 on best-seller list

    “That’s not Junk!” – Pub Scholastic 2009 and later released as a Q-Book, performed in Canberra at  Floriade 2011.

    As Author, “Ebony Beanie” Pub Learning Media for the School Journal.

    Some titles I’ve illustrated include:

    “The Puriri Tree/Te Puriri” – Pub Huia, by Merito Tawhara, 2000 - held in the ICDL collection and LIANZA Te Kura Pounamu Medal Winner 2001.

    “Mr Short, Mr Thin, Mr Bald and Mr Dog” – Pub Steele Roberts, 2005, by Glenn Colquhoun. This was followed by illustrating some of his adult work.

    “The Pine-cone Track” – Pub Scholastic, by Joan Anderson, 2007

    “The Seven Stars of Matariki/Te Huihui o Matariki” – Pub Huia 2008 – the illustrations gained finalist placing in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, Storylines Notable Book Award 2009.

     “Starkey the Gentle Pirate” – Pub Steele Roberts, by Peter Bland, 2010

    “Mind your Gramma” – Pub Scholastic, by Yvonne Morrison, 2012

    "Witch's Cat Wanted: Apply within" Pub Scholastic, by Joy H. Davidson, 2016

    "So Special" Pub Duck Creek Press, by David Hill, 2017

    along with a large number of educational titles primarily in Te Reo Maori for Kura Kaupapa and Kohanga Reo (Maori language total emersion schools and preschools).  I have also provided illustrations for a regular children’s magazine “Taiki E!” (Huia).

    As co-author and book designer:

    “In Love with Moko – The Story of a New Zealand Dolphin” – Pub Mann Print and Design, co-author Val Bird, 2012, held in the Hocken collection, Highly Commended Design award in the Pride in Print 2012.

    “Paradise: Eastern Bay of Plenty” - Pub Mann Print and Design, co-author Andrea Cooper, 2015

    I live in the Bay of Plenty and try to step lightly on the earth!


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    A selection of my titles...

    A selection of Nikki's books. For more detail please read my bio. Teacher Notes and activity sheets are available for many titles by contacting Nikki.

    Muddle & Mo Series

    Muddle & Mo series. The first title gained a Storylines Notable Book Award 2016, and has been released internationally.

    'The little Kiwi's Matariki'

    Winner Best Picture Book in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016. The little Kiwi and her friends discover the joy of Matariki. Features native flora and fauna and a gentle introduction to te reo within the English text. Teacher notes and activity sheets available for this title.

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