Represented by Mary Cummings of
Betsy Amster Literary Enterprises.
(Photo by Selah Images)

Children’s Author

“Both a heartfelt eulogy and a musical inspiration for a whole new generation of
young readers.”-Kirkus

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.

Hosea Plays On

Available January 7, 2020, Sterling Children’s Publishing

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?

This heartwarming story depicts a day in the life of Hosea Missouri Taylor, Jr., whose kindness and passion for music touched the lives of countless people in his community of Rochester, New York, and whose generosity and joy will continue to inspire countless others.

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 that is rich in historic information. It not only complements, but 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

October 26, 2019

School 50 • Rochester, NY

As part of the Rochester Children’s Book Festival’s outreach program – Festival-to-Go – Kathleen will visit with 1st graders to chat about where stories come from and to read aloud from her new picture book.

November 2, 2019

Rochester Children's Book Festival • Rochester, NY

Join Kathleen and more than 50  authors and illustrators at
Monroe Community College
for one of the most beloved book festivals in the country. Now in its 23rd year, RCBF celebrates literature and literacy! At 1:15, Kathleen will present “Stop, Look, Listen…and Write!”

Writerly Ramblings

Gratitude & Empowerment

On August 26, 1920, Congress adopted the 19th Amendment (also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment) to the U.S. Constitution—prohibiting denying the right to vote on the basis of sex. Working from the July 1848 first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls –...


Connection. It's the thing that draws me to a particular story. It has to be there, in order for me to spend the time with an idea required to develop it into a story. I have to care about what I'm writing about. One of the projects on which I'm working has introduced...

The Start of My Journey

My journey of seeing myself as a writer began when I was in 4th grade, thanks to an encouraging teacher. My journey as a professional writer began with this great lady—the last person on Earth who would ever think anyone would want to know her story. I called her...