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  • The Length of a String is now available in paperback with a beautiful new cover.


  • 7/2019 – The Girlfriends Book Club discusses The Length of a String on the Book Club for Kids Podcast. *Spoiler alert!* Don’t listen unless you’ve already read the book!
  • 7/2019 – Elissa now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand! Check out this warm welcome interview with the Christchurch City Libraries.
  • 2/2019 – Elissa talks The Length of a String and the Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor with Emma Snyder of JMORE magazine
  • 2/2019 – Mr. Schu Reads hosts Elissa as part of the official Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour
  • 2/2019 – Elissa and other Sydney Taylor Book Award winners and honorees talk with Matthew Winner of the The Children’s Book Podcast
  • 1/2019 – The Length of a String received at Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor for Older Readers! Huge thanks to the Association of Jewish Libraries and the American Library Association!


  • Our Story Begins is now available in paperback!
  • (cool) Progeny goes inside Elissa’s home library and learns her favorite ways to keep her own kids thinking creatively.
  • How well does page 69 of The Length of a String represent the rest of the book? Find out on the Page 69 Test blog.
  • 6/2018 – The Length of a String received a starred review from School Library Connection!
  • 5/2018 – The Jewish Times interviews Elissa about The Length of a String
  • 5/2018 – Elissa goes “On the Record” with Sheilah Kast of WYPR to discuss The Length of a String
  • 5/2018 – Read the story behind The Length of a String in Elissa’s Q&A with Deborah Kalb
  • 4/2018 – Our Story Begins is one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of 2017!
  • 2/2018 – Elissa shares a photo and description of “her” Baltimore for Brooklyn-based hocTok magazine.


  • 8/2017 – Go “Back to School” with Our Story Begins writers in The Los Angeles Times
  • 7/2017 – Readers asked Elissa anything on her Reddit Books AMA
  • 7/2017 – Elissa reveals “Ten Things I Want Readers to Know About Me” in leading UK women’s magazine, Female First
  • 7/2017 – Listen to Elissa talk with Pat Thurston on KGO San Francisco!
  • 7/2017 – Our Story Begins is an Amazon Best Book of the Month and a Bookfilter Top Pick of the Week on the Huffington Post!
  • 7/2017 – Elissa discusses Our Story Begins with Greg Berg of Wisconsin Public Radio‘s “The Morning Show.”
  • 7/2017 – Read an interview with Elissa in Omnivoracious, the Amazon Book Review.
  • 7/2017 – The awesome book trailer for Our Story Begins made its debut on SLJ’s A Fuse #8 Production blog.
  • 6/2017 – Our Story Begins is featured in Entertainment Weekly! Get a sneak peek at adorable, impressive, and hilarious childhood creations by Tim Federle, Alex Gino, Brian Selznick, and Kwame Alexander.
  • 1/2017 – The buzz is already beginning for Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids. Publishers Weekly featured childhood writing and art from R. J. Palacio, Eric Rohmann, Chris Gall, Rita Williams-Garcia, Brian Selznick, and Yuyi Morales in their Spring/Summer Children’s Announcements edition!
  • Elissa returns to the Sunshine State with a mini-tour Presidents’ Day weekend. Check out the events page for details.


  • 8/16 – It’s official! Elissa’s newest novel, The Length of a String, will come out in 2018! Check out a short description in the Publishers Weekly announcement.
  • 8/16 – Elissa and Camp Rolling Hills author Stacy Davidowitz talk about all things summer camp with (cool) Progeny
  • 4/16 – Thanks to the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Federal Hill Preparatory School, Elissa’s 3rd annual Authors for Earth Day visit raised over $250 for Blue Water Baltimore!
  • 4/16 – 36,000 kids voted, and Nerd Camp won 2nd place in the Sunshine State Young Readers Award for 2016!



  • 12/14 – Don’t forget to vote for Lindy! The Short Seller is nominated for the Great Stone Face Book Award in New Hampshire!
  • 10/14 – *Big* honor! An excerpt from Elissa’s collaboration with playwright Stacy Davidowitz, Here Goes Everything (a play! a novel! a plovel!), was a finalist for Hunger Mountain’s 2014 Katherine Paterson Prize in Young Adult and Children’s Writing!
  • 9/14 – Tune in to WJZ on Saturday, September 27th at 7:45am to see Elissa interviewed live from the Baltimore Book Festival!
  • 9/14 – Elissa talked about her books and how to get kids reading on Fox 45’s Straight Talk with Mike Gimbel.
  • 6/14 – Listen to Elissa discuss summer camp and science trading cards (and Nerd Camp 2.0) with Lisa Morgan of The Signal.
  • 6/14 – The Nerd Camps make the list of recommended summer series for kids on WYPR!
  • 4/14 – Elissa spends Take Your Child to Work Day with the United Way of Central Rochester Women’s Leadership Council, and it makes the morning news.
  • 3/14 – Author Stuart Gibbs (Belly Up and Spy School) loves Nerd Camp 2.0!
  • 2/14 – Nerd Camp 2.0 retainer cases are in! Just in time for Elissa’s mid-Atlantic tour. Check out the events page for tour stops to meet Elissa and get your own.
  • 2/14 – Elissa chatted with Kimberly Palmer of U.S. News & World Report about The Short Seller, kids and investing, and her favorite books about money.


  • 7/13 – Listen to Elissa talk about The Short Seller with Jeremy Hobson on NPR’s Here and Now!
  • 6/13 – Check out The Short Seller on WBALTV‘s hot summer read for kids!
  • 6/13 – Actress and bestselling author Danica McKellar can’t say enough good things about The Short Seller. Read her praise here.
  • 5/13 – Elissa writes about “Taking a Literary Risk” for the official blog for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).
  • 5/13 – Elissa talks about inspiration and economic risk-taking on the Mother-Daughter Book Clubblog.
  • 6/13 – Listen to Elissa talk about stock trading, adventure stories, and what’s in store for The Short Seller on WYPR’s Maryland Morning with Tom Hall. (The fabulous Elisabeth Dahl is there talking about her book, Genie Wishes, too!)
  • 5/13 – Girl Power! Elissa and fellow authors Elisabeth Dahl, Erica S. Perl, and Shawn K. Stout make the Publishers Weekly Children’s Bookshelf (scroll down).
  • 4/13 – The Short Seller is a Must-Read in the April/May issue of Girls’ Life magazine!
  • 5/13 – Read Elissa’s personal essay about the first moment she met her daughter in the May 2013 issue of American Baby magazine.
  • 4/13 – Vote for nerds!  Nerd Camp is a finalist for the 2013 Maine Student Book Award!


  • 9/12 – Check out the lovely article about Elissa and other children’s writers in the September 2012 issue of Baltimore’s Style magazine.
  • 7/12 – In a more personal departure from children’s books, check out Elissa’s parenting essay in theNew York Times Motherlode blog.
  • 3/12 – The Trouble with Mark Hopper is now available in Korean!  And it’s such a beautiful edition!
  • 2/12 – Nerd Camp is the 2011 Cybils Award winner for middle grade fiction!  What an incredible honor!


  • 9/11 – Standing for Socks will soon be part of Scholastic Book Club and Book Fairs!  Look for it starting in Feburary 2012.
  • 9/11 – Watch the Johns Hopkins University video profile of Elissa and CityLit Kids for theuniversity homepage and alumni magazine.
  • 6/11 – Nerd Camp was featured as a best summer novel for kids in The Washington Post!
  • 6/11 – Elissa’s one of those writers who keeps her latest project top secret until she’s done writing it.  Read about why in her guest post on Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Cynsations blog.
  • 6/11 – Check out Elissa’s interview in Newsday with Kidsday reporters from her hometown, Merrick!
  • 6/11 – Elissa talks about Nerd Camp, math, and Baltimore with The Jewish Times.
  • 6/11 – One character in Nerd Camp gets his name from a 7-year-old competitive ping pong player!  Get the scoop in Elissa’s spotlight interview with Biblio Reads.
  • 5/11 – Listen to Elissa talk about her name–and how to pronounce it–on
  • 6/11 – The June issue of Baltimore’s Child features a story about CityLit Kids, a writers-in-classrooms program Elissa helped create.  Want to know more?  Check out the video of the fourth graders reading their work.
  • 6/11 – Look for an interview with Elissa in the June edition of SoBo Voice magazine.
  • 5/11 – Are you a proud nerd? Show it off with some Nerd Camp gear.
  • 5/11 – “Embrace Your Inner Geek”: Elissa talks with BookPage about summer camp, nerdiness, and her latest projects.


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