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Anica Rissi

Anica Mrose Rissi is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for kids and teens, from picture books through young adult novels. As a former book editor turned full-time writer, Anica has spoken with kids and adults across the country about all stages of the writing process, from ideas and drafting to revisions and beyond. Her essays have been published by The Writer magazine and the New York Times, and she plays fiddle in and writes lyrics for the band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves. Talking with kids and teens about books and writing is one of Anica's favorite parts of being an author. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey and Deer Isle, Maine with her very good dog, Arugula.


Boo! Scary, Spooky Stories & Spine-Tingling Tales

A hair-raising half hour for readers who love spooky stories and other frights, from the silly to the spine-tingling to the hide-under-the-covers scary...

Anica Rissi

30 Minute Program

Q&A for aspiring authors and editors

Discuss writing, publishing, strategy, and craft with an industry insider

Anica Rissi

45 Minute Program

Story Time for Animal Lovers

Fun and funny animals take center stage in this interactive story time with the author!

Anica Rissi

30 Minute Program

Anica Mrose Rissi grew up on an island off the coast of Maine, where she read a lot of books and loved a lot of pets. After college, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a cheesemonger and book editor. She now tells and collects stories, makes up songs on her violin, and eats cheese with her friends in Princeton, New Jersey, where she lives with her dog, Arugula.

As a former editor turned full-time writer, Anica has spoken with kids and adults across the country about all stages of the writing process, from ideas and drafting to revisions and beyond. She is the author of the Anna, Banana chapter book series; the picture books Watch Out for Wolf!, The Teacher's Pet, and Love, Sophia on the Moon (winner of the 2021 Paterson Prize and the 2021 Maine Literary Award); the middle grade collection Hide and Don’t Seek: And Other Very Scary Stories; and the YA novels Always Forever Maybe and Nobody Knows But You. Her essays have been published by The Writer magazine and the New York Times, and she plays fiddle in and writes lyrics for the band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves. Anica tweets about bookish things at @anicarissi, which is also her handle on Instagram. Find out more at anicarissi.com.

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Hide and Don't Seek

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Love, Sophia on the Moon

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Watch Out for Wolf!

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The Teacher's Pet

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Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split

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Anna, Banana, and the Monkey in the Middle

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Anna, Banana, and the Big-Mouth Bet

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Anna, Banana, and the Puppy Parade

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Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten

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Anna, Banana, and the Recipe for Disaster

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Anna, Banana, and the Sleepover Secret

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Anna, Banana, and the Magic Show Mix-Up

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Always Forever Maybe

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Nobody Knows But You

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