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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: W. Nikola-Lisa

Genre: C:CHILDREN Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1951 in Jersey City, New Jersey


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.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''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