Tori Nighthawk

Author & Illustrator of Don't Judge a Bird by its Feathers


Photo of Tori NighthawkTori Nighthawk is a gifted artist capable of creating detailed imagery from memory as well as from references. Although she enjoys drawing many kinds of animals, she has always held a soft spot for birds, and has created countless illustrations and paintings of them.

Tori Nighthawk wrote and illustrated “Don’t Judge a Bird by its Feathers” at the age of 13. She drew her illustrations by hand, scanned them into her computer and then used graphic design programs to colorize the images. Her book was published in May of 2013 and promptly won a Gold Medal Mom’s Choice Award and a Pinnacle Peak award for Children’s Educational Books.

Tori has traveled extensively. She was chosen to travel with People to People as a Student Ambassador to Australia as well as several European countries. One of Tori’s favorite family trips was to the Galapagos Islands because the animals there are unafraid of humans; allowing her to study their interactions at close proximity. Observing people and wildlife greatly inspired her book “Don’t Judge a Bird by It’s Feathers.”

Through her book, Tori hopes to teach young children to be kind to each other, and to overlook superficial differences; to encourage kids of all ages to resist peer pressure, and be true to themselves; and to inspire everyone to continually strive to reach their dreams.

Tori just turned 16, and will be starting college this fall. When she isn’t traveling the world, Tori lives in Southern California with her parents, her younger brother, and a variety of family pets.


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