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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  William Nikola-Lisa  

Pen Name: W. Nikola-Lisa

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1951 in Jersey City, New Jersey

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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.


'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

Speaking Engagements

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

Selected Titles At Your Library

1, 2, 3 Thanksgiving!
ISBN: 0613757165. OCLC Number: 22983271

A. Whitman. .

America :
ISBN: 1880000377. OCLC Number: 34517166

Lee & Low Books,. .

Rhythmic text and illustrations by fourteen different African-, Hispanic-, Asian-, and Native-American artists evoke the characteristics of the landscape of the United States.

Bein with you this way.
ISBN: 1591124271. OCLC Number: 795510836

Live Oak Media,. .

Dear Frank :
ISBN: 0991218396. OCLC Number: 946048472

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A set of letters from one brother to another captures the mood of a family during World War I and the events leading up to the 1918 World Series.

ISBN: 0997252448. OCLC Number: 1006800611

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ISBN: 099725243X. OCLC Number: 999480830

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Folk Stories
ISBN: 0997252464. OCLC Number:

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From lectern to laboratory :
ISBN: 0997252480. OCLC Number: 1100515227

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Gaya lives in a blue house /
ISBN: 1479364096. OCLC Number: 866587967

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A poetic evocation of the creation story illustrated with abstract collage panels.

Hallelujah! :
ISBN: 0689816731. OCLC Number: 38055932

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Describes the plum-purple sky, yew-green hills, silver strands of moonlight, and other colorful things which provide the setting for the birth of a black baby Jesus.

Hey, aren't you the janitor? :
ISBN: 1453667393. OCLC Number: 878221245

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How we are smart /
ISBN: 1600604447. OCLC Number: 60516785

Lee & Low Books,. .

"Through direct quotations, verse, and prose, presents the achievements of a diverse group of people who illustrate Dr. Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences. Includes information about the eight basic ways people can be "smart" and suggested activities"--Provided by publisher.

Images of schoolteachers in twentieth-century America :
ISBN: 0312090730. OCLC Number: 28986761

St. Martin's Press,. .

Magic in the margins :
ISBN: 0618496424. OCLC Number: 70718162

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At a medieval monastery, orphaned Simon, who is apprenticing in illumination, dreams of the day he can create his own pictures, but finds he must first complete a strange and unusual assignment that Father Anselm has given him.

My teacher can teach--anyone! /
ISBN: 1584301635. OCLC Number: 53919717

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An alphabet story in verse about a Latino boy and his remarkable teacher who can teach an astronaut how to float in space and instruct a ballet dancer how to land with grace.

Night is coming /
ISBN: 0140562281. OCLC Number: 37882597

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Describes the sights, sounds, and sensations of the coming of night to the countryside.

No babies asleep /
ISBN: 0689318413. OCLC Number: 28632133

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

Twelve babies sleeping in a crib are taken out, one by one, to play with zoo animals.

One hole in the road /
ISBN: 0805042857. OCLC Number: 33162005

H. Holt,. .

Introduces the numbers one through ten while describing the people and machinery involved in fixing a hole in the road.

Please don't say an X word /
ISBN: 1734192305. OCLC Number: 1127882132

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A picture book that presents the alphabet all out of order calls attention to negative words that shouldn't be said and are often used by bullies. Then the reader is left to ponder more interesting and socially appropriate words.

Setting the turkeys free /
ISBN: 0786819529. OCLC Number: 52766440

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When a sly, hungry fox threatens a flock of turkeys, the young artist who drew the birds must find a way to save them.

Shake dem Halloween bones
ISBN: 0606220801. OCLC Number: 31901213

Houghton Mifflin Co.. .

Shark man /
ISBN: 0991218353. OCLC Number: 946048166

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Storm /
ISBN: 0689317042. OCLC Number: 26255985

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A farmer and family watch as a thunderstorm sweeps into the valley, surrounds them, and then rushes off again.

Summer sun risin' /
ISBN: 1584302526. OCLC Number: 46836845

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An African American boy enjoys a summer day on his family's farm, milking the cows, fishing, and having fun.

Tangletalk /
ISBN: 0525453997. OCLC Number: 34932880

Dutton Children's Books,. .

Recounts some of the strange upside-down events that happened in "the month of Boston, In the wonderful city of May."

The Men Who Made the Yankees /
ISBN: 0991218302. OCLC Number: 893674560

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"W. Nikola-Lisa explores a fascinating corner of baseball history in The Men Who Made the Yankees, which traces the rise of the New York Yankees from the origin of the American League to the Yankees' first world championship title in 1923. Less a history of players, The Men Who Made the Yankees focuses on a handful of powerful club owners and the political and financial pressures that dramatically shaped the arrival of an American League team in New York City."--Back cover.

The year with Grandma Moses /
ISBN: 0805062432. OCLC Number: 42040831

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A collection of paintings and memoirs by the American folk artist describing the seasons and their related activities in rural upstate New York.

This we pray ;
ISBN: 173419233X. OCLC Number: 1187189055

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Till year's good end :
ISBN: 0689800207. OCLC Number: 33406880

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

Presents farm activities, month by month, in England during the Middle Ages.

To Hear the Angels Sing

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Wheels go round /
ISBN: 0385320698. OCLC Number: 29259220

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A family's trip to the fair with their cow provides a rhyming celebration of wheels, all of which go round and round.