K.A. Holt is the author of several middle grade novels in verse including House Arrest (Chronicle, 2015), a Cybils finalist in poetry, a 2015 Nerdy Book Club award winner for Poetry, and a 2016 contender for the Global Read Aloud award. Her book Rhyme Schemer (Chronicle, 2014), is an Amazon Best Book for Kids and Teens, and a Bank Street Best Book of the Year.
Her novel in haiku, Brains for Lunch, was highlighted on the Texas Library Association’s Annotated Lone Star Reading List for 2011. She is also the author of the space western, Red Moon Rising, and Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel, a nominee for the 2014 Connecticut Library Association Nutmeg Book Award and the 2013 Maud Hart Lovelace Award.
Kari lives in Austin, TX and eats a lot of tacos.
HOUSE ARREST State Lists and Awards
- NYC Reads Recommended Book List for grade 5
- Bank Street Best Book of 2015
- Nerdy Book Club award for poetry 2015
- Cybils Poetry Award finalist 2016
- Spirit of Texas Reading Program Middle School List for 2016-2017
- Nominee for 2017 Mississippi Magnolia Awards
- Nominee for the 2016-1017 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award
- Nominee for the 2016-2017 Maine Student Book Award
- Nominee for the 2018 Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Award
RHYME SCHEMER State Lists and Awards
- Bank Street Best Book of 2014
- NYC Reads Recommended Book List for grades 7-8
- Amazon Best Book for Kids and Teens
- Wisconsin State Reading Association Just One More Page list 2015
- 2015 NCTE Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts
- Writers’ League of Texas, Middle Grade/Young Adult Finalist 2014
- School Library Connection Editors’ Choice Best Books of 2015
- Nominee for the 2017 Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Award
- Michigan’s Great Lakes Great Books list for 2016-2017
Poetry is Never Boring
In this presentation, K.A. Holt has a slide show that highlights the most popular questions kids often ask her about writing and about herself. She then discusses how she used poetry to write her books Rhyme Schemer and House Arrest. A workshop component is available for smaller groups where she has the students create blackout poetry (poetry that’s created by marking through or circling words on a page printed from a book, magazine, or newspaper).
Writing and Editing: Super Fun Times. (No, really!)
In this workshop, K.A. Holt has a slide show that highlights the most popular questions students often ask her about writing and about herself. She also talks about the revision process, and brings piles and piles of revisions from her books. Students get to see early versions and marked up pages for all of her books, while learning that revising is one of the most important aspects of creative writing.
Who can write haiku? You can write haiku!
In this workshop, K.A. Holt reads aloud from her book Brains for Lunch (a zombie novel in haiku?!) and discusses with the children what a haiku is and how it is structured. She talks briefly about the history of haiku and how, traditionally, the small poems are written about nature. Then she discusses how every writer can bring his or her own feelings into poetry – and if those feelings are about zombies and chupacabras then that is completely OK. The students are given a chance to compose and share their own zombie (or non-zombie) haiku.
Custom poetry workshop
K.A. Holt will work with teachers and librarians to craft a presentation that fits in the current poetry curriculum.