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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tamera Will Wissinger  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Children;


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Wissinger lived in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tamera Will Wissinger writes stories and poetry for children. Tamera is a graduate of Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. Wissinger currently resides in Florida.


Gone Fishing , Triple Crown Awards' 2017-2018 Gallery Honor. ALSC 2014 Notable Children's Book, a Children's Book Committee 2014 Best Children's Book of the Year, an International Reading Association 2014 Teachers Choice Book and a 2018 Children's Gallery Honor Book

Gone Camping , 2017 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, NCTE Notable Verse Novel Excellence in Poetry Book, Nerdy Book Club Best Poetry and Novel in Verse, and a Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee

This Old Band , 2015 Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Bell Awards Nominee, SING Category 2015 Read to the Rhythm - For Little Ones (ages two-five) selection 2015 Chicago Public Library Giddy Up! Book 2014 Southwest Book of the Year for Kids, Pima County, Arizona Library

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse
ISBN: 1328596346. OCLC Number: 953709717

Clarion. .

Camping is fun. Until it's time to sleep. Then, Lucy wonders, what kinds of creatures lurk in the dark? With only her brother and grandpa as tent mates, will Lucy be able to face her camping fears? Includes a variety of poetic forms--from aubade to haiku--as well as writing tips about rhyme and rhythm--

Gone Fishing: A novel in verse
ISBN: 0544439317. OCLC Number: 809988962

Clarion. .

In this novel told through poems, nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad, so when his pesky little sister horns in on their fishing trip, he is none too pleased. Includes primer on rhyme, poetry techniques, rhythm, stanzas, and poetic forms.

There Was an Old Lady Who Gobbled a Skink
ISBN: 1632204282. OCLC Number: 907190766

Sky Poiny. .

In this variation of the traditional cumulative folk song, a fisherwoman swallows all the essentials for a successful fishing trip.

This Old Band
ISBN: 1628735953. OCLC Number: 861335264

Sky Pony. .

Following the popular nursery rhyme, This Old Man, a cowboy band counts down from ten to one all day and night long--