Nina Crews was born in Germany and raised in New York City. She studied art and photography, graduating from Yale in 1985, and then worked in commercial animation production and freelance photo collage illustration. Her parents are Donald Crews and Ann Jonas, both authors and illustrators. It was her father who first encouraged her to do a children’s book. Her friends felt New York City was not a place to raise kids, so Crews wrote One Hot Summer Day , her first children’s book, about the joys of a girl living a wonderful life in New York City. Reviewers remarked that her “camera is as much a painter’s tool as a palette and brush.”
Crews was awarded a Bank Street College Best Books of the Year selection in 1997 for Snowball and the Chicago Public Library Best of the Best selection in 1997 and 1998 for Snowball and You are Here. In 2004, Neighborhood Mother Goose received an American Library Association Notable Book Award.
"Nina Crews (1963-)." Something About the Author, edited by Maikue Vang, vol. 158, Gale, 2005, pp. 81-84. Something About the Author, login.ezproxy.lib.umn.edu/login?url=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=SATA&sw=w&u=umn_wilson&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CVGEZUD479495822&it=r. Accessed 9 Dec. 2016.
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