Hoo’s Driving the Bus by Nikki Estridge, an award-winning filmmaker and actress, is a cleverly written picture book, romping with hilarious alliteration and droll phonemic usage that make this lively read-aloud wildly entertaining for children and families. 

Young readers will delight as a baseball team of animal friends have silly antics and fun wordplay in this clever and witty illustrated story. 

The day of the biggest baseball game of the season is here, but Gigi the Giraffe and her teammates might not make it – their team’s bus has no driver! Can Gigi come up with a plan to save the day? 


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Children’s book author Nikki Estridge was born a storyteller and an entertainer. Since she was a child, she’s loved to perform. An award-winning actress, director, and screenwriter, Nikki found the COVID pandemic to be an opportunity to nurture her brimming creative side, leading to her debut children’s picture book, Hoo’s Driving the Bus?

Nikki believes a good book is one that combines interesting characters with conflict, keeping readers on edge about the story’s resolution. She hopes young children and families come away from her book having experienced a humorous and memorable reading time together while also introducing them to fun linguistic elements like alliteration, assonance, consonance, and onomatopoeia.

As an advocate for autism awareness and a person of multi-ethnic background, diversity, inclusion, and equality are of the utmost important to Nikki. She is an ardent supporter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Second Harvest Food Bank, Knoxville Humane Society, Susannah’s House, Association for Science in Autism Treatment, Knoxville Inner City Kid Outreach and Childhelp. She also serves on the University of Tennessee Alumni Board. 

In addition to her acting, writing, charitable work and her full-time job in corporate America, Nikki is also the CEO of several enterprises including a science-based nutrition, strength, and conditioning company, Fit Diesel; Tier One Tactics’ and The L.I.V.E. Program, which provides self defense, survival, preparedness, and active shooter response training; and Safe Schools, the nonprofit arm of L.I.V.E., which empowers youth, educators and communities with lifesaving knowledge.

A member of SCBWI and SAG-AFTRA, Nikki is a sixteen-time IMDb-qualifying festival award winner for the comedy short, “Don’t Make It Awkward,” which she directed, produced, cast and appeared in as Kate. She is also the winner of several film festival awards for “Best Actress, “Best First Time Director,” “Best Writer,” “Best Female Filmmaker,” and “Best Comedy.” Nikki is best known for her roles on “Law and Order: SVU” and “House of Cards.” She lives with her husband, two sons, and a Goldendoodle rescue in Knoxville, Tennessee.