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About W. Nikola-Lisa
W. Nikola-Lisa's interest in writing began as an elementary school teacher. He is the author of numerous books for the primary grade and upper elementary school reader, including the following award-winning books: Bein' With You This Way, Shake Dem Halloween Bones, and How We Are Smart. His most recent writing engages the middle school and young adult reader, with such recent publications as Dragonfly: A Childhood Memoir, which chronicles his childhood years in south Texas; Dear Frank: Babe Ruth, the Red Sox, and the Great War, a work of historical fiction set in Boston in 1918; and The Men Who Made the Yankees: The Odyssey of the World's Greatest Baseball Team from Baltimore to the Bronx, a book that won several national awards for nonfiction. And don't forget Mr. Nikola-Lisa's Hey, Aren't You the Janitor?, a collection of humorous stories about his life on the road as a children's book author. An accomplished storyteller and musician, Mr. Nikola-Lisa enjoys sharing his writing and publishing experiences with audiences young and old whenever possible. For more information about Mr. Nikola-Lisa visit his website at www.nikolabooks.com.
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Books By W. Nikola-Lisa
Gaya Lives in a Blue House Jun 18, 2020
Gaya Lives in a Blue House is a new age creation story intended to inspire as much as it is to inform. Although formatted as a picture book, Gaya is more "art book" than children’s storybook, with Cooper’s signature Sumi-e ink collages the perfect complement to Nikola-Lisa’s imaginative story. A book for all ages, Gaya’s strong appeal is to the child within us all.
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The Men Who Made the Yankees: The Odyssey of the World's Greatest Baseball Team from Baltimore to the Bronx Jul 1, 2014
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. A baseball enthusiast from a young age, Mr. Nikola-Lisa is also the author of Dear Frank: Babe Ruth, the Red Sox, and the Great War, a work of historical fiction set in Boston during the waning days of the first world war.
Please Don't Say An X Word Apr 21, 2020
Artfully designed in black-and-white using abstracted portions of enlarged letterforms, Please Don’t Say An X Word offers a jumping off point for that all-important discussion about verbal abuse and bullying with upper elementary and middle school students. But first, what is an x word? In math, “x” stands for a missing quantity, as in the equation 2(x) = 4, where x equals 2. And so it is in this book, where “x words” stand for all the “bad, angry, hurtful words” we use to denigrate others in the heat of an argument. Using just the right amount of humor and thoughtfulness, W. Nikola-Lisa, author of the award-winning Bein’ With You This Way, urges us to reflect on how we talk to each other, at the same time encouraging us to explore the incredible beauty and richness of language.
Shake Dem Halloween Bones Aug 26, 2000
It's Halloween night. The city is quiet. The city is still. But as the lights go down, the music comes up - and the guests start to arrive at the hip-hop Halloween ball! And oh, what a party it is. Told in hip-hop rhyming text, L'il Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Tom Thumb, and all of their fairy-tale friends come together for a rapping, stomping, shaking Halloween romp. Scoo-bee-doo-bee-doo-wah. Yeah!
Dragonfly: A Childhood Memoir Jan 19, 2011
W. Nikola-Lisa explores new terrain—his childhood experiences growing up in south Texas during the early 1960s. Unlike his previous books, this is not a book for young children as the author explores the darker elements growing up in a harsh environment. Although the work feels like a memoir, it reads like a novel with the author’s spare, unrelenting narrative a perfect accompaniment to the time, place, and underlying familial issues. If you like this book, then you might also like Shark Man, a novel for the middle grades, which picks up where the author left off in Dragonfly taking the reader to the Florida beaches where young Billy-Boy learns how to skateboard, surf, and make new friends.
From Lectern to Laboratory: How Science and Technology Changed the Face of America's Colleges Sep 12, 2019
In this well-documented account, W. Nikola-Lisa explores how science and technology changed the face of America’s colleges and universities during the nineteenth century, bringing much needed reform to the classical liberal arts curriculum. The author’s detailed narrative explores the origins of the classical liberal arts curriculum, the rise of “mutual education societies,” the push to establish independent polytechnic institutes, and the creation of “schools of science” at established colleges and universities. Additionally, as the title suggests, the author explores the pedagogical changes brought about by these initiatives, especially in the area of science and technology where hands-on experiential laboratory instruction slowly became the norm rather than the exception.
Folk Stories Sep 18, 2018
Author and storyteller W. Nikola-Lisa presents three original folk stories in this handsome volume. While the first two stories offer traditional elements of a folk story—magic, daring, wonder, and amazement—the last story is a meditation on the development of writing and the art of bookmaking. Parents, teachers, and caregivers will enjoy sharing this collection of stories with emerging readers and writers.
During a yearlong office cleaning project the author reflects on his life as a writer, addressing several themes: the place of physical books in an ever increasing digital age, the impact of social media on publishing's rapidly changing landscape, the skill set an author needs to survive in today's publishing world, and the author's measured transition from traditional author to independent author/publisher. Written in four parts reflecting the four season of the year, the author offers fifty-two brief sketches of his life as an author, a reader, and a book collector. A fascinating, but quick, read filled with insight and humor.
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Shark Man Sep 2, 2015
Fleeing a mean stepfather in south Texas, Billy-Boy arrives in Florida with his mother and two sisters at the beginning of summer. Billy-Boy quickly befriends a local boy, Tim, and all is well until it becomes clear they both like the same girl, Mae Beth, the daughter of the local surf shop owner. Billy-Boy has to learn how to navigate new terrain, while struggling to overcome feelings about his stepfather. He is helped by the insights of an older teenager, known locally as “Shark Man,” and Sonny, Mae Beth’s father, who help him understand both the mysteries of the ocean and his inner self.
Set in 1918, Dear Frank offers the reader a glimpse of life in the Boston area during the waning days of World War I. Young Andrew, writing to his older brother, Frank, a serviceman fighting overseas, is intent on keeping his brother abreast of all that is going on around him, especially the Boston Red Sox, led by the young, hard-hitting Babe Ruth.
Award-winning author and storyteller W. Nikola-Lisa pulls back the curtain in this tongue-in-cheek look at life on the road as a children's book author. In his travels he’s been upstaged by Chicago's Benny the Bull, been accused of having Alzheimer's, been searched by airport security, and been mistaken for the school janitor. You'll laugh out loud—and often—with this behind-the-scenes look at what it means to be a children's book author.