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  Nina Kidd


I am a writer and illustrator in Southern California. I began writing because I love reading, especially stories for young people. Besides reading, writing and painting, I love animals, farms and the out-of-doors.

Growing up, my best book friends were Homer in Homer Price by Robert McClosky, Penrod in Penrod by Booth Tarkington, Anne and Marilla in Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, and  everybody, including that grouchy rat Templeton, in Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.  

Some of my favorite characters now are Gilly, inThe Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson, Arnold Spirit (Junior), in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Lonnie Motion, in Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson, and Grandma Dowdel, in A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck. I love characters who can make me laugh and be sad all at once.


Who are your favorite book characters? Email (see below) and tell me about them.

    MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, 
Vermont College of Fine Arts
    MFA in Painting and Printmaking, Claremont Graduate School
    BA in Liberal Arts, Scripps College, Claremont, California, 1965.

    Art Department Chair, Brentwood School, and Marlborough School, Los Angeles.
        Subjects taught: Studio Art, Art History, Photography, Yearbook.
    Founder, Editor: Previews, a monthly magazine. named later
LAWest Magazine.
    Writer: Stories in Child Life Magazine, Westways Magazine.
                Books (click on BOOKS page)
    Illustrator: Cover and spot art in 
Child Life, LA West Magazine,
         Highlights for Children.
 Books (on BOOKS page)

Picture book, June Mountain Secret, HarperCollins, named 
         Outstanding Trade Book, 1991, by the National Science Teachers Association.
     "The Secret Life of Zach Zieman" earned First Place, Short Story Competition,
         Vermont College of Fine Arts, July, 2008.  


In June, 2014
 Look For --
A Q&A  with two Young Adult authors who talk about their startling 
Romance/ Speculative fiction/Political thrillers
 for 2014:
 Catherine Linka:  
A Girl Called Fearless, (May 2014), and
Trent ReedyDivided We Fall, (January 2014).  
Kite Tales, the quarterly online newsletter for The Southern California Region of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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