W. Nikola-Lisa is the author of thirty books for readers young and old. His early books reflect his experience as an elementary school teacher and include the ever-popular Shake Dem Halloween Bones, Bein' With You This Way, and How We Are Smart, a multicultural look at the world of multiple intelligences. His more recent books draw on his academic background as professor emeritus at National-Louis University in Chicago where he taught in the Graduate School of Education. These books include the award-winning The Men Who Made the Yankees: The Odyssey of the World's Greatest Baseball Team from Brooklyn to the Bronx and From Lectern to Laboratory: How Science and Technology Changed the Face of America's Colleges.
Coming This Fall
Circles, Lines, and Squiggles:
Astrology for the Curious-Minded.
After the author finds a natal chart tucked away in his files, he sets out to explore the underlying principles of this ancient and often misunderstood art form, applying what he found to the original interpretation of his chart, which stated that he had all of the "writers destingy marks" except one—contact with publishers. Ouch! Excerpts available on his word press blog, click here for details.
New Books Address Old Concerns
Please Don't Say An X Word is an Independent Press "all ages" picture-book award winner that addresses the appropriate use of language. A great discussion-starter for the upper elementary and middle school student. Click here for details.
This We Pray | Sea of People offers two visual poems for the young adult reader that address the current social unrest in our country. Sure to provoke a deep and meaningful conversation with any population of young adults. Click here for more details.
To navigate the site, click on a book title in the left-hand menu. There you'll find an image of the book's front cover, several interior shots, and, in some cases, several childhood photos that connect with the theme or content of the book. You'll also find a few other things: background and description, honors and awards, reviews, and an overview of the book's publishing data (author, illustrator, publisher, release date, genre, etc.). There are also links to an online bookseller who carries the book. For more information, or to contact the author, use the links below.