Born in Birmingham, England, Nikki Tate is the author of three series for young readers: The Estorian Chronicles, The Tarragon Island Series, and seven StableMates novels.

Recent projects include historical fiction for the Orca Young Readers series and a picture book with Annick Press. Tate regularly speaks at conferences on a wide range of topics, is much in demand as a writing workshop teacher, and visits with thousands of school children each year to talk about the writing process. Tate also works as a storyteller, retelling the stories of King Arthur's court and she has chaired the Victoria Children's Literature Roundtable. Her books are published under the name Nikki Tate, but her articles and reviews are credited to the name Nikki Tate-Stratton.

Tate's Take Shelter: At Home Around the World (Orca $19.95) explores how people live, in the world and beyond. Whether houses have wings, wheels, float, are made of straw, snow or ice, societies adapt their shelters to fit their surroundings in many innovative ways.

Since moving to a 2-acre farm and planting dozens of trees, Nikki Tate has come to appreciate "why trees just might be our best friends." In her educational follow-up to her children's book about housing around the globe, she celebrates and explains the universal importance of trees in Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet (Orca 2015). We learn that six of the planet's eight species of bizarre baobab trees are in Madagascar. Clusters of branches appear only at top of enormous, smooth, white trunks that rise like 100-ft. pillars. To adapt to a very dry climate, water is stored in the massive trunks during the rainy season. The baobab trees later produce much-needed fruit in the dry season when little else grows. Hence the baobab is known as the Tree of Life. Baobab flowers bloom at night and are pollinated by bats.

CITY/TOWN: Victoria, BC

DATE OF BIRTH: May 2, 1962

PLACE OF BIRTH: Birmingham, UK




M-Awards (Monday Magazine)
Victoria's Favourite Children's Author in 2002 and 2006

Grandparents' Day
Honour Book for the Storytelling World Award
The Year's Best List, Resource Links

No Cafes in Narnia
2001 Honour Book for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize

Tarragon Island
1999 Honour Book for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize
The Year's Best List, Resource Links
BC 2000 Book Award

Choosing to Live, Choosing to Die (Orca 2019) $19.95 978-1-4598-1889-7. Illustrated by Belle Wuthrich
Christmas: From Solstice to Santa (Orca Origins 2018) $24.95 978-1-4598-1355-7. Co-writer Dani Tate-Stratton
Down to Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World (Orca Footprints 2017) $12.95 9781459814127
Birthdays: Beyond Cake and Ice Cream (Orca 2017) $24.95 978-1-459812970
Deadpoint (Orca Sports 2016) 978-1-4598-13526
Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet (Orca 2015) $19.95 978-1-4598-0582-8
Take Shelter: At Home Around the World (Orca Book Publishers 2014) $19.95 9781459807426
Down to Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World, Orca 2013
Fallout, Orca, 2011
Razor's Edge, Orca, 2009
Venom, Orca, 2009
Double Take: Karen Brain's Olympic Journey, Sono Nis, 2007
Behind the Scenes at the Racetrack, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2007. [Non-fiction]
Jo's Journey, Orca, 2006
Trouble on Tarragon Island, Sono Nis, 2005
Grandparents' Day, Annick Press, Spring 2004
Battle for Carnillo, Sono Nis Press (Estorian Chronicles 2), Spring, 2003
Keeping Secrets at Dark Creek, Sono Nis Press (StableMates 7), Spring, 2002
Jo's Triumph at Ruby Lake, Orca Books, Spring, 2002
The Cave of Departure, Sono Nis Press, September, 2001
No Cafes in Narnia, Sono Nis Press, September, 2000
Return to Skoki Lake (StableMates 6), Sono Nis Press, December, 1999
Tarragon Island, Sono Nis Press, October, 1999
Raven's Revenge, Sono Nis Press (StableMates 5), April, 1999
Sienna's Rescue, (StableMates 4), Sono Nis Press, September, 1998
Jessa Be Nimble, Rebel Be Quick (StableMates 3), Sono Nis Press, April, 1998
Team Trouble at Dark Creek (StableMates 2), Sono Nis Press, November, 1997
Rebel of Dark Creek (StableMates 1), Sono Nis Press, September, 1997
The American Life, Tahaus Publishing, Tokyo, 1990

[BCBW 2018] "Kidlit"