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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  William Nikola-Lisa  

Pen Name: W. Nikola-Lisa


Audience: Young Adult; 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,. .

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,. .

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.

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

Houghton Mifflin Co.. .

Shark man /
ISBN: 0991218353. OCLC Number: 946048166

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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.

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.