My first picture book, The Teacher's Pet, illustrated by the fabulous Zachariah OHora, hits stores on June 20, 2017. Please ask for it at your local bookstore or library, or find it online using one of these pre-order links: B&N | Amazon | BAM | Indiebound | Target | iTunes. Thanks for your support!
I'm excited to join the fun at Nerd Camp MI (an education conference--and (un)conference--with a focus on literacy and learning) and Nerd Camp Jr. (a camp for readers and writers) July 10-11 in Parma, Michigan. I'll be one of more than 50 authors and illustrators on the Nerd Camp faculty.
For more information, or to sign up to attend, click here--and look for #nErDcampMI on Twitter.
Join Mr. Stricter, Bruno, and me for a special The Teacher's Pet story time at the Blue Hill Public Library in Blue Hill, Maine, on Saturday, July 29th at 10am. This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome!
Join Mr. Stricter, Bruno, and me for The Teacher's Pet story time at Community Bookstore in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Sunday, September 10th at 11am. Community Bookstore was my neighborhood book shop for more than 13 years, so I'm excited to return "home" for this special story time event!
P.S. There will be cookies.
I'm excited to join my fellow book nerds at nErD Camp NJ, a literacy-focused EdCamp "un-conference" and free event for educators, authors, and illustrators, to be held in Chatham, New Jersey on May 20th. There will be several amazing authors and illustrators on hand for the Author Meet & Greet from 12:30-2pm. Students welcome!
For more information, or to sign up to attend, click here--and look for #nErDcampNJ on Twitter.
Book five in the Anna, Banana illustrated chapter-book series goes on sale May 2, 2017. Please ask for it at your favorite local bookstore or library, or follow these pre-order links to find it online: Indiebound | B&N | BAM | iTunes | Amazon | Target.
February 16th is World Read Aloud Day, and I look forward to spending it Skyping with students in classrooms from New Jersey to Hawaii, and spots in between. My schedule for the day is already full, but if you're a teacher or librarian and you'd like to find an author to Skype with your classroom or library that day, check out this list of author volunteers on Kate Messner's website.
If you would like me to Skype with (or visit) your classroom or school on another day, I'd be delighted to try to make it work. Please see the school visits page for more information.
Anna, Banana, and I look forward to returning to the AJC Decatur Book Festival (the largest independent book festival in the country!) in downtown Decatur, Georgia, on September 2-4. I'll be on the panel Squad Goals: Friendship! with authors Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson on Sunday, September 4th at 4:30pm, on the Children's Stage at Decatur Recreation Center.
See you there!
**DATE CHANGE** Due to impending snowflakes, the circus-parade storytime extravaganza has moved from January 23rd to January 30th.
Anna, Banana, and Louise Trapeze are getting together for a circus-parade storytime extravaganza at McNally Jackson Books in New York City on Saturday, January 30th at 11:30am. Join Louise Trapeze author Micol Ostow and me for a double-the-fun celebration of our new releases: Anna, Banana, and the Puppy Parade and Louise Trapeze Did NOT Lose the Juggling Chickens.
Crafts! Cookies! Chickens! Books!
I look forward to signing books and meeting readers and educators at the Nerdy Evening with Authors and Illustrators in Falmouth, Maine, on Friday, January 15th--the night before nErDcamp Northern New England. There will be more than 30 terrific children's book authors and illustrators in attendance, and the event is free and open to the public. Come join the nerdy fun!
I'm excited to join my fellow book nerds at the first annual nErD Camp Long Island, a literacy "un-conference" and free event for edufriends, authors, and illustrators, to be held in Roslyn Heights, New York, on Nerdvember 7th. There will be several amazing authors and illustrators on hand for the book sale and signing from 2:30-3:30pm. Students welcome!
For more information, or to sign up to attend, click here.
I'll be an author mentor at the 46th Rutgers One-on-One Plus writers' conference, sponsored by the Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature. For more information about the conference, click here.
I'm honored to be moderating a panel of terrific authors at the Brooklyn Book Festival Children's Day on Saturday, September 19th, at 12pm, at the Young Reader Stage (MetroTech Commons) in downtown Brooklyn. Here's the panel description:
WHAT A CHARACTER!: Lovable, laughable, and unforgettable, favorite chapter book characters always have the most engaging personalities--and the most memorable names. Authors Abby Hanlon (Dory Fantasmagory), Lenore Look (Alvin Ho and Ruby Lu), and Jon Scieszka (Frank Einstein) come together to discuss their inspiration behind creating--and naming--their beloved characters. Moderated by Anica Rissi (Anna, Banana).
Talking with kids about books and writing is one of my favorite parts of being an author. I'm pleased to offer a select number of free Skype visits with elementary school classrooms and libraries that have read one of my books. If you're interested in having me Skype with your school, please email me at anicamroserissi at gmail dot com. These 20-minute interactive presentations are best for students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades.
I also do in-person school visits! If you would like me to visit your school or library, I'll be delighted to try to make it work. Please email to inquire about rates, presentations, and availability. Best for grades 1-5. For more information, please see the school visits page.
Join authors Terra Elan McVoy (Drive Me Crazy), Abby Hanlon (Dory Fantastmagory), and me for the Best Friends Forever panel on Saturday, September 5th. We'll be speaking on the Children's Stage from 3:15 to 3:45pm and signing books afterward.
Join me at the Stonington Public Library in Stonington, Maine (my hometown!) on Saturday, August 15th at 1pm, for an hour of reading, storytelling, activities, and fun. Perfect for kid lit fans of all ages, especially children ages 5-10. The event is free; books will be available for sale (and for signing).
Book one in the Anna, Banana illustrated chapter-book series goes on sale May 5, 2015. Please ask for it at your favorite local bookstore or library, order it online, or download the ebook. Thanks for your support!
Join acclaimed YA author Terra Elan McVoy and me at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA for a joint launch party celebrating the release of two friendship-themed books: Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split and Terra's first middle-grade novel, Drive Me Crazy. Treats will be served and books will be signed. Bring your best friend!
I'll be launching Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split at the Newburyport Literary Festival in Newburyport, Massachusetts on Saturday, April 25. Please come by the Newburyport Public Library (94 State Street) at 9am to say hello, get a signed copy of the book, take part in a fun storytelling game...and meet my mom, too!