Are you one of the many families who celebrates St. Nicholas’ Day each year? It’s said that St. Nicholas is the original Santa Claus and Father Christmas!

Children in families who celebrate St. Nicholas’ Day receive treats – including candy, cookies, small toys, or fruit – in stockings, socks, or shoes left outside their bedrooms on December 6. Some churches also have special services dedicated to the feast of St. Nicholas on this day.

We thought it might be fun to highlight some author Nicks along with some of their books!

Happy St. Nicholas’ Day everyone!

Children’s Books

Nick Bruel is the beloved author of the Bad Kitty series for children. Read all the adventures and mischief of Bad Kitty from searching for Santa to meeting the baby.

In Nick Bland’s picture book, The Runaway Hug, Lucy borrows her mother’s very last hug and shares it with each member of her family, getting it back each time until her dog, Annie, runs away with it.

Nick Dowson has created beautiful picture books like Tracks of a Panda and Tigress.

If you have a monster truck fan, then don’t miss Nick Gordon’s Monster series for beginning readers.

Nick Eliopulos writes fantasy short stories for kids like Spirit Animals: The Book of Shane.

Teen / Adult Fiction

English author Nick Hornby broke through with his 1996 international bestselling novel High Fidelity. His latest book is State of the Union: A Marriage in Ten Parts.

You loved him in Parks & Rec, but did you also know that Nick Offerman is an author? His first book, Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Principles for Delicious Living, came out in 2013 and was followed up with additional books in 2015 and 2016.

Looking for a new series? Give the Peter Ash series by Nicholas Petrie a try. The first book is The Drifter, the first explosive thriller featuring Ash, a veteran who finds that the demons of war aren’t easily left behind.

Horror fans need to have Nick Cutter on their list of authors to read. His latest is Little Heaven. A trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman to evaluate the safety of a boy who may have been taken against his will to a New Mexico backwoods settlement, where the mercenaries encounter paranoia, mistrust, and insanity in the shadow of a monolithic idol.

Fantasy and suspense writer Nick Harkaway has delivered another great story with Gnomon: A Novel. This tale set in a near-future, high-tech surveillance state follows the suspicious death of a dissident in custody and finds state inspector Mielikki Neith immersing herself in the victim’s world, where she encounters a panorama of characters and innovations that transform her perspectives.

Teen / Adult Nonfiction

A perfect book for the holidays! Check out Nick Mautone’s The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails.

Veterinarian Dr. Nick Trout has written a number of fiction and nonfiction works (all about animals) including Love is the Best Medicine: What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian about Hope, Honesty, and Everyday Miracles.

Nick Pyenson is curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.  His recent book is Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures.

In The Organic Artist, Nick Neddo offers information on making art supplies from ingredients in the natural world, including how to make a pen out of a stick, how to make ink from berries, and how to make crayons from beeswax.

Nicholas Money was one of the authors who took part in the 2018 Fort Collins Book Fest where he discussed his latest work, The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization.