Anica Mrose Rissi

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 lots of 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.

Anica is the author of the Anna, Banana chapter-book series, the picture books The Teacher's Pet and Watch Out for Wolf!, and a YA novel, Always Forever Maybe. Her essays have been published by The Writer magazine and the New York Times, and she plays fiddle in and writes lyrics for the electro-country 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

Most Recent Book
Anna, Banana, and the Sleepover Secret book


chapter Books

lying · sleep · friendship · integrity
Anna, Banana, and the Sleepover Secret
cooking · jealousy · baking · friendship · dogs
Anna, Banana, and the Recipe for Disaster
dogs · cats · mischief · friendship · mystery
Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten
friendship · dogs · pets · competition
Anna, Banana, and the Puppy Parade
friendship · school · teeth · bullying · dogs
Anna, Banana, and the Big-Mouth Bet
friendship · the zoo · animals · dogs
Anna, Banana, and Monkey in the Middle
friendship · dogs · school · birthdays
Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split

picture Books

animals · frogs · science · teachers · pets · school · resolving conflict · teamwork · humor
The Teacher's Pet


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