Nina: A Story of Nina Simone

This illuminating and defining biography from bestselling author Traci N. Todd, with illustrations from award-winner Christian Robinson, tells the story of Eunice Waymon, who grew up to become Nina Simone — and shares her bold, defiant, and exultant legacy with a new generation.

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  • Publication date: 2 November 2021
    ISBN: 9781922585257
    Format (h x w): 267mm × 216mm
    Extent: 48pp
    Category: Hardback
    RRP: AUD$27.99
    Rights held: UK & Commonwealth (Exc. Canada)


With passion and unparalleled skill, Traci N. Todd and Christian Robinson bring this iconic singer’s story to young readers and their families. Meet young Eunice, who sang before she could talk, and journey with her from the piano stool she shared with her father in her childhood home, to the bars and concert halls where she became the one and only Nina Simone.

Learn about how Nina’s voice started out rich and sweet but grew to a thunderous roar as the Civil Rights Movement gained steam. Witness this artist in all her brilliance, singing in protest against racial inequality and discrimination. With rhythmic prose and masterful images, Nina perfectly demonstrates the relationship between art and activism. An essential addition to every young reader’s library.

★ “Nina Simone’s beauty and talent is given prominent expression by multiaward-winning Robinson in this picture-book biography…while Todd’s prose eloquently tells her story from childhood to fame…A worthy biography for all collections and especially for those that serve music-loving children.”
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