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Exclusive Cover Reveal + Giveaway: ORDINARY HAZARDS by Nikki Grimes

I’ve done a number of cover reveals here over the years, but today is something a bit different. Dare I say an innovation in the realm of cover reveals!

Today we are revealing a cover online, just as it is being revealed in the real world in Seattle at the American Library Association Midwinter.

nikki grimes_photo credit AARON LEMEN

The book is Ordinary Hazards, a memoir by Nikki Grimes. It arrives in October and some authors you might know have good things to say about it:


If you’re attending ALA Midwinter there are ARCs available at booth #2221

I’m also giving away three copies of Ordinary Hazards – click here to enter!

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I am a huge fan of Nikki’s work so I can’t wait to read this!

  2. Maggie Bokelman says:

    I am a huge fan of poetry and verse novels, and Nikki Grimes is one of the best and most prolific children’s/ya poets out there. We were fortunate enough to have her visit our school this fall. I am beyond excited to read Nikki’s verse memoir–I have no doubt it will be fabulous. And what a cover! Absolutely gorgeous.

  3. Janet Fagal says:

    I would love to get an early copy. Nikki gave me a sneak peek back when she visited our area around Halloween. I simply cannot wait to read this.