W. Nikola-Lisa

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General Information

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Name: William Nikola-Lisa

Pen Name: None


Born: 1951 in Jersey City, New Jersey

Website: www.NikolaBooks.com

Email: nikolabooks@gmail.com

Photo Credit: Eileen Ryan

Illinois Connection

Nikola-Lisa teaches at National-Louis University in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

W. Nikola-Lisa is a writer, storyteller and musician. He loves to entertain and share stories with audiences whether they are children, adults, educators or families. The author of numerous books for primary, upper elementary, and middle school readers, he has also written the award-winning books: Bein' With You This Way, Shake Dem Halloween Bones, and How We Are Smart. Some of his recent publications include Dragonfly: A Childhood Memoir; Dear Frank: Babe Ruth, the Red Sox, and the Great War, a work of historical fiction set in Boston in 1918; and Hey, Aren't You the Janitor?, a collection of humorous stories about life on the road as a children's book author.

Published Works

  • Night Is Coming, Dutton, 1991
  • 1, 2, 3 Thanksgiving, Whitman, 1991
  • Storm, Atheneum, 1993
  • Bein` With You This Way, Lee and Low, 1994
  • No Babies Asleep, Atheneum, 1994
  • Wheels Go Round, Doubleday, 1994
  • One Hole in the Road, Henry Holt, 1996
  • America, My Land..., Lee and Low, 1997
  • Till Year`s Good End, Atheneum, 1997
  • Shake Dem Halloween Bones, Houghton Mifflin, 1997
  • Tangletalk, Dutton, 1997
  • Hallelujah: A Christmas Celebration, Atheneum, 2000
  • The Year With Grandma Moses, Henry Holt, 2000
  • Can You Top That?, Lee & Low, 2000
  • America: A Book of Opposites, Lee & Low, 2001
  • Summer Sun Risin', Lee & Low, 2002
  • To Hear the Angels Sing, Holiday House, 2002
  • My Teacher Can Teach...Anyone!, Lee & Low, 2004
  • Setting the Turkeys Free, Hyperion, 2004
  • How We Are Smart, Lee & Low, 2006
  • Magic in the Margins, Houghton Mifflin, 2007
  • My Teacher Can Teach... Anyone!, Lee and Low, 2008
  • Till Year's Good End, Atheneum Books, 2009
  • Hallelujah!: A Christmas Celebration, Atheneum Books, 2009
  • Dragonfly: A Childhood Memoir, Gyroscope Books, 2010
  • Hey, Aren't You the Janitor?, Gyroscope Books, 2011
  • Dear Frank: Babe Ruth, the Red Sox and the Great War, Gyroscope Books, 2012
  • Gaya Lives in a Blue House, CreateSpace, 2013
  • America: My Land, Your Land, Our Land, Lee & Low Books, 2013
  • The Men Who Made the Yankees: The Odyssey of the World's Greatest Baseball Team from Baltimore to the Bronx, Gyroscope Books, 2014
  • Shark Man, Gyroscope Books, 2015

Titles at Your Library

Literary Awards

Bein' With You This Way

  • Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book, American Library Association (ALA)
  • Best Books of the Year, Parenting magazine
  • Best Children's Books Winner, Child Magazine
  • Close the Book on Hate Reading List, Anti-Defamation League
  • Pick of the List, American Bookseller's Association
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013

Dear Frank: Babe Ruth, the Red Sox, and the Great War

  • Literary Classics International Book Gold Award, 2013

How We Are Smart

  • Christopher Award

The Men Who Made the Yankees: The Odyssey of the World's Greatest Baseball Team from Baltimore to the Bronx

  • Lumen Award from Literary Classics
  • SPARK! Award from SCBWI for non-traditional publishing

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

For more information about his speaking packages and Skype visits, visit the Rates Availability page of his website.

Author Contact Information:

W. Nikola-Lisa

National Louis University

2840 Sheridan Rd.

Evanston, Illinois 60201-1796

External Links

W. Nikola-Lisa on WorldCat


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