"A classic children's story retold for our times."

"A heartfelt eulogy and a musical inspiration."


Kathleen Blasi mines stories of everyday heroes. Active in the children’s writing community, she is former Co-Director of the
Rochester Children’s Book Festival, for which she received a 2015 New York State Reading Association Literacy Advocate Award.
Kathleen lives with her family in Upstate New York, where, along with honing her craft, she enjoys fostering curiosity in young storytellers.

Rain or shine and with his saxophone case in hand, Hosea rides the bus to the City of Rochester Public Market. Joyfully, he plays for everyone there, but especially for the children. Today, will he earn enough money to surprise one special child?

An Author’s Note gives a deeper glimpse into the life of Hosea Missouri Taylor, Jr. – a street musician and community advocate who elevated the lives of those in his community, “simply” by being himself.

Milo's Moonlight Mission

Captain Milo is ready for takeoff! If only he didn’t have to wait for his Second-in-Command—or as he also calls her, Mom—to report for duty. Yet Mom’s list of daily tasks grows ever longer, and she can’t launch until they’re done. When the weather forecast predicts a middle-of-the-night meteor storm, will she have enough time to accomplish this magical meteor mission with him?

Family History is Part of Who We Are

Based on a true story. Gaetana Curatolo takes on a mental journey back to 1912, when as an 8-year-old-girl living in an Italian village, she attempts to dodge her cursed name, while honoring tradition.

A Name of Honor is an outstanding book to use for effective and meaningful integration of social studies and language arts. It draws students in with well-developed and believable characters and an engaging plot, rich in historic information. It complements, extends, and enriches, social studies curriculum.”

Dan Osborn

Elementary School Teacher/University Adjunct

Which Side Will You Take?

Full of fun facts and anecdotal stories to illustrate them, this persuasive text model is really two books in one. Arguments supporting “yes” are countered with an equal number of “no!” arguments.

Our Writer-in-Residence, Kathleen Blasi, delivered material to our students in a way that got them excited to write! She broke down her writing process, so that by the end, the students had a piece of writing to be proud of. I cannot say enough good things about Kathleen as a presenter, an example, and a teacher.

– Stephen Baker, Teacher, Warsaw (New York) Elementary School

Upcoming Events

Irondequoit Rotary - March 23, 2022

Rotary organizations make the world a better place! Kathleen will join the Irondeqouit Rotary members to validate (or convince them) that everyone has a story to tell.

Central Library - April 18, 2022, 10AM

Kathleen will be sharing MILO’S MOONLIGHT MISSION and making rockets with young readers – just like little Milo!

Writing Workshops - May/June 2022

Kathleen is thrilled to return to Warsaw Elementary School for a series of five writing workshops for budding 3rd-grade authors! See her blog for a special post about the teacher who started it all…

Writerly Ramblings

A Special Teacher’s Legacy

A Special Teacher’s Legacy

In early 2016, a teacher emailed me, looking for someone to conduct a week-long writing workshop for the all the third-graders in his school. We set up a phone interview, had a fruitful conversation, and before I knew it, Mr. Baker was referring to when my visits...

Book Love

Book Love

You know that saying – you don’t really know what you have until it’s gone? In this case, it’s not really gone – just on hiatus. Hugs. From kids (who are not my own). The first time it happened at a school visit, I was surprised. I figured after an author does a...

The Heart of a Story

The Heart of a Story

Pictures tell stories. Sometimes, those stories are placed in photo albums. Sometimes, they make their way into family lore. And once in a blue moon, they find their way into a picture book. Funny how the vision of a story begins, then evolves, and finally arrives at...

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