Nicole Tadgell is an award-winning african american illustrator for children. Her luminous, expressive illustrations warmly portray childhood life for children of all races.

Her work has been featured in The Encyclopedia of Writing and Illustrating Children's Books.

Original watercolor paintings have been exhibited at Quinsigamond Community College, ArtsWorcester, and in group showings at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Huntington House Museum and the Society of Illustrators.

Nicole has taught workshops and classes at the Worcester Art Museum, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and at several Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conferences. Nicole also presents lectures at area schools and colleges. She visits classrooms, libraries and bookstores to demonstrate the picture book process.

She is represented by The CAT Agency.

Nicole spends her days with Davis Advertising in Worcester, MA, as an Art Director.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Nicole has lived in Texas, New York, and Massachusetts, where she now resides. Read more details in Biography.

Short Bibliography: (click here for complete bibliography)

31) Tiara's Hat Parade by Kelly Starling Lyons
30) A Valentine for Frederick Douglass by Frank Murphy
29) A Fist for Joe Lewis and Me by Trina Hakes Noble
28) Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town by Alexandria LaFaye
27) Astronaut Annie by Suzanne Slade
26) Real Sisters Pretend by Megan Dowd Lambert 
25) My Cancer Days by Courtney Filigenzi 
24) With Books and Bricks by Suzanne Slade 
23) Friends for Freedom by Suzanne Slade 
22) First Peas to the Table by Susan Grigsby 
21) Lie Detector by Matt Bridger  
20) The Present by Matt Bridger 
19) Saturday Plans by Matt Bridger  
18) The Trebuchet by Matt Bridger 
17) Smack Dab in the Middle of God's Love by Brennan Manning and John Blasé 
16) In the Garden with Dr. Carver by Susan Grigsby 
15) Lucky Beans by Becky Birtha (Arkansas Diamond Primary Award) 
14) No Mush Today by Sally Derby 
13) Granddaddy's Season* by Gwen Lavert 
12) Five Loaves and Two Fishes by Julie Stiegmeyer 
11) Waterworks* by Gwen Lavert 
9) A Day with Daddy by Nikki Grimes  
8) Lights Out! by Angela Shelf Medearis (OOP) 
7) Josias, Hold the Book by Jennifer Riesmeyer Elvgren (Américas Award) 
6) Moving Day Surprise by Tina Stolberg 
5) I'll Fly My Own Plane by Jean Alicia Elster 
4) I'll Do the Right Thing by Jean Alicia Elster 
3) I Have a Dream, Too by Jean Alicia Elster 
2) Just Call Me Joe Joe by Jean Alicia Elster 
1) Fatuma's New Cloth by Leslie Bulion (Children's Africana Book Award)

*not published in the U.S.


Notable Awards: (Complete list here)

2013 Arkansas Diamond Primary Award - Lucky Beans
2013 Growing Good Kids Award - First Peas to the Table
2013 Learning Magazine’s Teachers Choice Award - First Peas to the Table
2011 Growing Good Kids Award - In the Garden with Dr. Carver
2006 Américas Award - Josias, Hold the Book
2003 Children’s Africana Book Award - Fatuma’s New Cloth
1999 Mary T. Holland Awards - Merit Award for Illustration

Client List:

Albert Whitman and Co.
American Cancer Society
Bebop Books
Judson Press
Lee and Low
Macmillian McGraw
Moon Mountain Publishing
Pearson Learning
Random House
Thomas Nelson

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