Art & Illustration

Meet Nicole

Nicole has never been a stranger to feeling like… well, a stranger. Her colorful and emotional artwork belies a shy and reserved personality. Frequent moves growing up only increased her natural shyness, especially because she was sometimes the only black kid in the class — or even the whole grade.

Nicole was drawn into creating her own worlds on paper; art was both fun and an escape from feeling different. Today Nicole is an award-winning illustrator with over twenty books in publication.

Available now!

A Fist For Joe Louis And Me

Written by Trinka Hakes Noble
Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

Gordy and his family live in Detroit, Michigan, the heart of the United States automobile industry. Against the backdrop of the 1938 Fight of the Century, a young boy learns what it means to make a stand for a friend.

Sleeping Bear Press, August 2019
ISBN 9781534146174

Launched into space May 4th, 2019

Annie blasted off for a special reading in space! Nicole’s most recently illustrated book, Astronaut Annie, was read on the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Story Time From Space program.

The SpaceX launch was scheduled for April 26th, but was postponed to May 4th and docked on May 6th. Stay tuned for updates about a very special reading in space!

Now available

When Dede sees a notice offering land to black people in Kansas, her family decides to give up their life of sharecropping to become homesteading pioneers in the Midwest.

Inspired by the true story of Nicodemus, Kansas, a town founded in the late 1870s by Exodusters—former slaves leaving the Jim Crow South in search of a new beginning—this fictional story follows Dede and her parents as they set out to stake and secure a claim, finally allowing them to have a home to call their own.

Published January 2019 | ISBN: 9780807525357

More Titles

Real Sisters Pretend

by Megan Dowd Lambert
Tilbury House

My Cancer Days

by Courtney Filigenzi
American Cancer Society

Friends for Freedom

by Suzanne Slade
Albert Whitman & Co.
Nicole is a proud supporter of We Need Diverse Books, a 501(c)3 non-profit and grassroots organization that advocates for the publishing industry to produce and promote more literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

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The CAT Agency, Inc.
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