Kathleen M. Blasi
I write books for young readers of all ages--from picture books, to young adult novels. My debut middle-grade novel, A Name of Honor, portrays a young girl's journey to America in 1920. I also authored the non-fiction, persuasive text classroom model, Are Organized Sports Better for KidsThan Pickup Games? I've presented in schools and libraries since 2007 and work with staff to customize interactive presentations, tied to Language Arts and Social Studies curricula.
My favorite quote from a third-grade student, prompted by my revealing that my first book took four years from first draft to publication: “Wow! You’re a slow writer, just like me!” I love connecting with students, through sharing my process and fostering their positive self-concepts as writers--a necessary ingredient in the recipe for success. To me, “success” is not measured in the end result of publication, something over which we have little control, other than the effort we put in; rather, it is measured by commitment to craft.
I've served as Co-Director of the Rochester Children’s Book Festival since 2009. In 2015, my Co-Director and I received the New York State Reading Association Literacy Advocate Award, in recognition of the Festival’s contribution to literacy in the greater Rochester area.
I am actively submitting my work to agents and was formerly represented by the Susan Schulman Agency; however, my agent left to take an editorial position in an adult house.