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Nicholas Solis has been writing all of his life, starting with knock off Encyclopedia Brown mysteries and oddly deep poetry for an 8-year-old. Since then, he’s continued to write picture books, travel blogs, teaching blogs, middle grade novels, and poetry about farts (decidedly less deep). In 2018, he was the recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Grant from We Need Diverse Books, and in 2020 he was nominated for the 2020 Austin SCBWI Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award and was the winner of the Austin SCBWI’s 2020 Creators of Diverse Worlds Scholarship. 


His debut author/illustrated book THE STARING CONTEST (Peter Pauper Press) released 2020, followed by THE COLOR COLLECTOR (Sleeping Bear Press) in 2021. MY TOWN, MI PUEBLO (Nancy Paulsen Books) came out in 2022. His new book, THE LITTLEST GRITO (Sleeping Bear Press) will be out August 1, 2024! PREORDER NOW! 


Nick is also an award winning elementary teacher with a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University. He has traveled the world and taught students in Tanzania, India, and Morocco. From all of his travels he has learned one important lesson: No matter the circumstances, kids are kids. When he’s not traveling, he enjoys spending time with his wife, their dog, and his two boys in Austin, Texas. 


He is also an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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