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Name:  W. Nikola-Lisa  

Pen Name: None


Born: N/A

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*Teaches at National-Louis University in Chicago

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Titles At Your Library

Night Is Coming (Picture Puffins)
ISBN: 0140562281

Puffin. 1997

A child imagines everything and everyone on her grandfather's farm settling down at nightfall, in a soothing bedtime story complemented by glowing, full-color artwork. Reprint.

1, 2, 3 Thanksgiving!
ISBN: 0613757165

Bt Bound. 1996

Bein with You This Way with CD
ISBN: 1591124271

Live Oak Media (NY). 1999

No Babies Asleep
ISBN: 0689318413

Atheneum. 1995

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

One Hole in the Road
ISBN: 0805042857

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 1996

"A single hole in the road causes considerable commotion in this clever counting book.... The energy of Yaccarino's retro images matches the rhythm of the text, as flagmen wave, stoplights flash, and storefronts flood, oh my!" --Booklist

America: My Land, Your Land, Our Land
ISBN: 1880000377

Lee & Low Books. 1997

Fourteen important children's book illustrators--including Enrique O. Sanchez, Anna Rich, Yoriko Ito, and others--representing diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds offer a stunning visual celebration of America's beauty, wonders, contrasts, and diversity.

Till Year's Good End
ISBN: 0689800207

Atheneum. 1997

Rhyming couplets banner the top of each page while a paragraph for each month elaborates on daily chores, in a book based on a medieval Book of Hours, which described the monthly activities of rural peasants in England during the Middle Ages.

Shake D'Em Halloween Bones
ISBN: 0606220801

Demco Media. 2002

A rhythmic tale about different updated fairy tale characters who attend a hip-hop Halloween ball.

ISBN: 0525453997

Dutton Juvenile. 1997

In a zany tale filled with wordplay, rhymes, and riddles, a man lives in a topsy-turvy world where the city is May, the month is Boston, babies fly, his socks simmer in a pot, and his chair dashes up the chimney.

The Year with Grandma Moses
ISBN: 0805062432

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 2000

A unique introduction to an important American Artist.

When Grandma Moses looks out her window,
she sees a world of spotted cows,
a world of thunderstorms, rain-drenched fields,
and hand-washed laundry flapping in the wind.

This stunning picture book introduces children of all ages to the work of legendary artist Grandma Moses. Beginning in the spring -- full of thunderstorms and scenes of laundry flapping in the wind -- Nikola-Lisa's lyrical text captures the seasons on a farm and highlights the simple yet wonderful moments depicted in Grandma Moses's folk art paintings. The experience is made all the more intimate by Grandma Moses's journal excerpts, which give readers a first-hand look at what inspired the artist.

With its paintings and descriptions of hay rides in the fall, ice-skating in winter, and flower-gathering in the spring and summer, The Year with Grandma Moses celebrates an important American artist and shares her special world with others.

When Grandma Moses (born Anna Mary Robertson) was in her seventies, her paintings were discovered by a New York art collector. By her 100th birthday, Grandma Moses had become one of the most well-known and beloved artists of her time. She died in 1961 at the age of 101.


  • 1995 Jane Adams Peace Prize Honor Award

  • American Booksellers Pick of the List

  • Book of the Year- ''Parent`s Magazine''

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