Join me at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual Ghouls & Gourds Festival on Saturday, October 28, in Brooklyn, New York. I'll be one of the authors and illustrators hanging out at the festival's Book Barn from noon to four. We'll talk, sign books, and give short readings to visitors both in and out of costume.
I look forward to attending the Association of Writers & Writing Programs's annual conference from March 8-10 in Tampa, Florida. I will be speaking on the panel From Best Friends Forever to Toxic Bonds: Digging Deep into Complex Female Friendships in Young Adult Literature, along with authors Amy Reed, Marcy Beller Paul, Sarah Nicole Smetana, and Kit Frick. Here's the panel description: Five YA authors from debut to established discuss the complex, three-dimensional friendships that populate their work: Blurred boundaries between friendship and obsession; shattered friend groups; lasting friendships tested by difficult new relationships; girls from diverse backgrounds uniting to fight misogynist culture. Panelists discuss one another's work and the choices that have inspired theirs when writing fiercely good and withstanding to fiercely fraught and destructive teen friendships.
For more information about the 2018 AWP Conference, or to register, click here.
Book six in the Anna, Banana series will be available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook on March 20, 2018. If you'd like to stir up some trouble with Anna and her friends, please ask for Anna, Banana, and the Recipe for Disaster at your favorite local bookstore or library, or pre-order it online: Indiebound | B&N | BAM | iBooks | Amazon.
My YA debut, Always Forever Maybe, a contemporary novel about obsessive teenage love, will be released by HarperTeen in hardcover and ebook on June 5, 2018. Stay tuned for the cover reveal, blurb news, teaser excerpts, and more--and sign up for email updates from me if you'd like to be among the first to see those. (Just enter your email in the signup box here.)
Add Always Forever Maybe to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.
Join author-illustrator teams Kate McMullan and Jim McMullan (I'm Smart), Tara Lazar and Ross MacDonald (7 Ate 9), and Zachariah OHora and me (The Teacher's Pet) for an afternoon of stories and fun at the Back-to-School Picture Book Bonanza at Books of Wonder in New York City on Saturday, September 16th, from 1-3pm.
I'll be reading (and signing!) The Teacher's Pet at the Brooklyn Book Festival on Children's Day (Saturday, September 16) at 11:30am on the Picture Book Stage at MetroTech Commons in downtown Brooklyn, New York. To learn more about the Brooklyn Book Festival, and for a full list of authors and events, click here.
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 look forward to returning to the AJC Decatur Book Festival (the largest independent book festival in the country!) in downtown Decatur, Georgia, on September 1-3. You'll find me (and The Teacher's Pet!) sharing a stage with Philip Stead and Matthew Cordell at the Decatur Recreation Center on Saturday, September 2nd, at 1pm, for our session, Go for the Goldfish. We'll talk about unexpected adventures with friendship and pets. Please come say hello!
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!
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.
Erin Soderberg Downing (author of Moon Shadow, the Puppy Pirates series, and more) and I will lead a Day One, Session One program on Building and Creating Stories Together: Applying Lessons from the Author-Editor Relationship to the Classroom. Join us in MS 607 for a hands-on, lively discussion of tools and techniques for brainstorming, drafting, editing, and revising, in which we'll share our experiences (and war stories!) of building and creating stories together as longtime collaborators and friends.
For more information, click here--and look for #nErDcampMI on Twitter.
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 | Indigo | iTunes. Thanks for your support!
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).