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W. Nikola Lisa

My interest in picture books began as an elementary school teacher some fifteen years ago. That interest continues today in my work at National-Louis University in Evanston, IL where I work with teachers in an interdisciplinary graduate program. Besides writing books for children, I also publish review articles on all facts of children’s literature. But most of all, I enjoy sharing my books and publishing experiences with elementary school children.

Honors and Awards
  • Ezra Jack Keats Fellowship
  • Jane Addams Peace Association Honor Award
  • American Booksellers’ Pick of the List
  • Parent Magazine Best Books of the Year
  • Child Magazine Child’s Best Children’s Books
Books Reviews and Promotions....
  • Kirkus Reviews
  • Horn Book Guide
  • Publishers Weekly
  • School Library Journal
  • The Reading Teacher
  • Smithsonian
  • Chinaberry Books
  • Roots and Wings
  • McCracken Educational Services
  • Scholastic Book Fairs
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Detroit Free Press

School Presentations

All of my presentations are filled with elements of storytelling, puppetry, music, and lots of artifacts from my publishing experiences (i.e., galley sheets, proof sheets, dummy books, storyboards, etc.). My goal is to bring the world of publishing to life: I juggle scarves to show who’s involved in publishing a book; I play the harmonica to show the importance of rhyme and rhythm; I tell stories to explore the world of character. Students and teachers will walk away both entertained and informed.

Books by W. Nikola-Lisa

Night Is Coming (Dutton, 1991)

1, 2, 3 Thanksgiving (Albert Whitman, 1991)

Storm (Atheneum, 1993)

Bein' With You This Way (Lee & Low, 1994)

Wheels Go Round (Doubleday, 1994)

No Babies Asleep (Atheneum, 1994)

One Hole in the Road (Henry Holt, 1996)

Tangletalk (Dutton, 1996)

Till Year’s Good End (Atheneum, 1997)
Event Calendar
Harold Washington Literary Dinner