Author Nikki Tate visiting Nelson library Tuesday

Nikki Tate has written more than 20 books for young people, for which she has won multiple awards.

Author Nikki Tate visiting Nelson library Tuesday

Red Cedar Award finalist Nikki Tate comes to the region this spring, and young fans are ready to welcome her at 13 libraries beginning April 27. Tate reads at the Nelson Public Library Tuesday, April 28 at 9 a.m.

The Red Cedar Awards are BC’s reader’s choice awards for young people. Each November kids begin reading the shortlisted books and deciding which book will get their vote at the end of April. Tate’s book Down To Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World is nominated for the nonfiction prize.

A writer and storyteller from Vancouver Island, Tate has written more than 20 books for young people, for which she has won multiple awards. For 25 years young readers have devoured novels in the StableMates, Tarragon Island, and Estonian Chronicles series.

Down to Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World, published in 2013 by Orca Book Publishers, looks at the ways that kids all over the world help collect seeds, weed gardens, milk goats and herd ducks. It’s full of food for thought, too, such as what an egg carton tells you, or why genetic diversity matters.

Nikki Tate’s lively presentations at schools and libraries keep kids enthralled. Her tour is coordinated through the Kootenay Library F