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Steven Otfinoski

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Steven Otfinoski

Steven Otfinoski has written more than 150 books for young readers. Three of his nonfiction books have been chosen Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library. Steve is also a playwright and has his own theater company that brings one-person plays about American history to schools. Steve lives in Connecticut with his wife, who is a teacher. They have two children, two dogs, and a cat. When he's not writing he enjoys swimming, tennis, reading, and singing in his church choir.

This author is available for in-person visits. Learn more!

A ninety-minute presentation (possibly longer) which includes reading from a book(s), talking about the life of a writer, and a Q&A session.

$4,400.00+ per visit, depending on travel.

Presentation length can be tailored for grade level/activity.
 
The Battle of Iwo Jima: Turning the Tide of War in the Pacific

The Battle of Iwo Jima: Turning the Tide of War in the Pacific

Vivid storytelling brings World War II history to life and place readers in the shoes of the people who experienced one of the most pivotal battles in the ...

Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781543572582
Format Hardcover
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$24.49

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2020 940 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 6.6
 
Japanese American Internment: Prisoners in Their Own Land

Japanese American Internment: Prisoners in Their Own Land

Vivid storytelling brings World War II history to life and place readers in the shoes of the people who experienced the United States' Japanese internment ...

Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781543572575
Format Hardcover
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$24.49

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2020 940 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 6
 
Tangled History

Tangled History

There are 24 titles in this set.

Vivid storytelling and authentic dialogue bring history to life. Tangled History lets readers experience pivotal historical events through the eyes of real ...

ISBN 9781543572643
Format Hardcover
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$587.76

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2020 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4
 
The Battle of the Alamo: Texans Under Siege

The Battle of the Alamo: Texans Under Siege

Vivid storytelling brings American history to life and place readers in the shoes of twelve people who experienced an iconic moment of U.S. history - the ...

Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781543541984
Format Hardcover
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$24.49

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2019 976 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 5.6 Z
 
Captain Sully's River Landing: The Hudson Hero of Flight 1549

Captain Sully's River Landing: The Hudson Hero of Flight 1549

Vivid storytelling brings an incredible story to life and place readers in the shoes of people who experienced the most successful ditching in aviation history ...

Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781543541953
Format Hardcover
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$24.49

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2019 363 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 5.3 X
 
The Great Chicago Fire: All Is Not Lost

The Great Chicago Fire: All Is Not Lost

Vivid storytelling brings American history to life and place readers in the shoes of people who experienced one of the worst fires in American history - the ...

Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781515779315
Format Hardcover
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$24.49

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2019 977 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 5.4 Y
 
The Selma Marches for Civil Rights: We Shall Overcome

The Selma Marches for Civil Rights: We Shall Overcome

Vivid storytelling brings American history to life and place readers in the shoes of ten people who experienced one of the most pivotal moments of the Civil ...

Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781515779414
Format Hardcover
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$24.49

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2019 323 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 6 Z
 
Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Stories

Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Stories

There are 6 titles in this set.

Readers remember information best when it's told as a story. Encounter Books use powerful storytelling techniques to share nonfiction content in an engaging, ...

ISBN 9781543513943
Format Hardcover
Series Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Stories

S/L Price
$141.44

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2018 Grades 3-7 Grades 3-5
 
Perspectives Flip Books: Famous Battles

Perspectives Flip Books: Famous Battles

There are 4 titles in this set.

Every battle has two sides and two very different perspectives. Experience battles from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and World War II from one side of the ...

ISBN 9780756557058
Format Hardcover
Series Perspectives Flip Books: Famous Battles

S/L Price
$103.96

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2018 Grades 5-9 Grades 5-6
 
The Split History of the Attack on Pearl Harbor: A Perspectives Flip Book

The Split History of the Attack on Pearl Harbor: A Perspectives Flip Book

Every battle has two sides, and the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II is no different. Experience the event from perspective of the Americans, and ...

ISBN 9780756556914
Format Hardcover
Series Perspectives Flip Books: Famous Battles

S/L Price
$25.99

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2018 940 Grades 5-9 Grades 5-6 Z+
 
The Split History of the Battle of Fort Sumter: A Perspectives Flip Book

The Split History of the Battle of Fort Sumter: A Perspectives Flip Book

Every battle has two sides, and the Battle of Fort Sumter during the American Civil War is no different. Experience the event from perspective of the Union, ...

ISBN 9780756556891
Format Hardcover
Series Perspectives Flip Books: Famous Battles

S/L Price
$25.99

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2018 973 Grades 5-9 Grades 5-6 Z
 
Exploring the Connecticut Colony

Exploring the Connecticut Colony

Step back in time and visit Connecticut during the Colonial period. Despite conflicts with England and Native Americans, such as the Pequot Indian War, Dutch ...

Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781515722403
Format Hardcover
Series Exploring the 13 Colonies

S/L Price
$24.49

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2017 974 Grades 3-6 Grades 3-4 6.4 V
 
From Fugitive to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad

From Fugitive to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad

In an immersive, exciting narrative nonfiction format, this powerful book follows a selection of people who experienced the Underground Railroad.

Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781515736042
Format Hardcover
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$24.49

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2017 973 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 5.3 Y
 
From Fugitive to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad

From Fugitive to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad

In an immersive, exciting narrative nonfiction format, this powerful book follows a selection of people who experienced the Underground Railroad.

Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781515736127
Format Capstone Interactive eBook
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$39.99

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2017 973 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 5.3 Y
Hardcover Price: $24.49
 
From Fugitive to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad

From Fugitive to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad

There are 1 titles in this set.

In an immersive, exciting narrative nonfiction format, this powerful book follows a selection of people who experienced the Underground Railroad. This item is ...

Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781515778165
Format Duo (Hardcover plus Interactive eBook)
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$39.99

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2017 973 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 5.3 Y
 
Day of Infamy: The Story of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Day of Infamy: The Story of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

The quiet Sunday morning was shattered as Japanese warplanes screamed toward the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet without warning. The attack sent shockwaves around ...

Reviewed Titles Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781491470787
Format Hardcover
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$24.49

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2016 940 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 6.3 Y
 
Day of Infamy: The Story of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Day of Infamy: The Story of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

The quiet Sunday morning was shattered as Japanese warplanes screamed toward the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet without warning. The attack sent shockwaves around ...

Reviewed Titles Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781515717379
Format Capstone Interactive eBook
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$39.99

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2016 940 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 6.3 Y
Hardcover Price: $24.49
 
Primary Source History

Primary Source History

There are 8 titles in this set.

History is more than just dates and facts. Real people lived through it—and wrote about it. Gain a whole new understanding of major events in history through ...

ISBN 9781491485026
Format Hardcover
Series Primary Source History

S/L Price
$167.92

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2016 Grades 3-6 Grades 3-4
 
Smooth Sea and a Fighting Chance: The Story of the Sinking of Titanic

Smooth Sea and a Fighting Chance: The Story of the Sinking of Titanic

In an immersive, exciting narrative nonfiction format, this powerful book follows a selection of people who experienced the sinking of the Titanic.

Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781491484531
Format Hardcover
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$24.49

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2016 910 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 5.9 Y
 
Smooth Sea and a Fighting Chance: The Story of the Sinking of Titanic

Smooth Sea and a Fighting Chance: The Story of the Sinking of Titanic

In an immersive, exciting narrative nonfiction format, this powerful book follows a selection of people who experienced the sinking of the Titanic.

Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781515727811
Format Capstone Interactive eBook
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$39.99

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2016 910 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 5.9 Y
Hardcover Price: $24.49
 
Tragedy in Dallas: The Story of the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Tragedy in Dallas: The Story of the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

In an immersive, exciting narrative nonfiction format, this powerful book follows a selection of people who experienced the events surrounding the ...

Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781491484517
Format Hardcover
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$24.49

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2016 973 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 6.3 Y
 
Tragedy in Dallas: The Story of the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Tragedy in Dallas: The Story of the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

In an immersive, exciting narrative nonfiction format, this powerful book follows a selection of people who experienced the events surrounding the ...

Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781515727804
Format Capstone Interactive eBook
Series Tangled History

S/L Price
$39.99

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2016 973 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 6.3 Y
Hardcover Price: $24.49
 
Patriots and Redcoats: Stories of American Revolutionary War Leaders

Patriots and Redcoats: Stories of American Revolutionary War Leaders

Powerful leaders emerged during the victories and defeats of the Revolutionary War. Meet the people who planned the battles, led the attacks, and shaped the ...

Reviewed Titles Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781491433409
Format Capstone Interactive eBook
Series The Revolutionary War

S/L Price
$39.99

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2015 973 Grades 3-6 Grades 3-4 6.2 U
 
A Primary Source History of Westward Expansion

A Primary Source History of Westward Expansion

Throughout the 1800s millions of people pushed into the western United States. They went for gold, opportunities, and a chance for a better life. But as ...

Reviewed Titles Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781491418413
Format Hardcover
Series Primary Source History

S/L Price
$20.99

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2015 978 Grades 3-6 Grades 3-4 5.9 X
 
A Primary Source History of Westward Expansion

A Primary Source History of Westward Expansion

Throughout the 1800s millions of people pushed into the western United States. They went for gold, opportunities, and a chance for a better life. But as ...

Reviewed Titles Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781491436141
Format Capstone Interactive eBook
Series Primary Source History

S/L Price
$39.99

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2015 978 Grades 3-6 Grades 3-4 5.9 X
Hardcover Price: $20.99
 
The Story of Juneteenth: An Interactive History Adventure

The Story of Juneteenth: An Interactive History Adventure

The Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War have brought an official end to slavery, yet some Southern slave owners are refusing to comply. The road to ...

ISBN 9781491418024
Format Hardcover
Series You Choose: History

S/L Price
$24.49

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2015 305 Grades 3-7 Grades 3-4 V
 
U.S. Army True Stories: Tales of Bravery

U.S. Army True Stories: Tales of Bravery

For members of the U.S. Army, the call to arms is a great honor and a solemn duty. Defending their country takes strength, determination, and an uncommon ...

Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781476599380
Format Hardcover
Series Courage Under Fire

S/L Price
$21.49

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2015 355 Grades 3-9 Grades 3-4 5.8 R
 
Yankees and Rebels: Stories of U.S. Civil War Leaders

Yankees and Rebels: Stories of U.S. Civil War Leaders

Powerful leaders emerged during the victories and defeats of the Civil War. Meet the people who planned the battles, led the attacks, and shaped the war ...

Reviewed Titles Capstone Interactive Accelerated Reader
ISBN 9781491433348
Format Capstone Interactive eBook
Series The Civil War

S/L Price
$39.99

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2015 973 Grades 3-6 Grades 3-4 6.2 V
 
You Choose: Engineering Marvels

You Choose: Engineering Marvels

There are 4 titles in this set.

Jump into an amazing time in the past! YOU CHOOSE who to be, where to go, and what to do. Will you succeed? Will you fail? Will you even survive? It's up to ...

ISBN 9781491404171
Format Hardcover
Series You Choose: Engineering Marvels

S/L Price
$97.96

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2015 Grades 3-7 Grades 3-4 R
 
The Child Labor Reform Movement: An Interactive History Adventure

The Child Labor Reform Movement: An Interactive History Adventure

It’s the 1800s, and you are a child from a poor family. You have to go to work to keep from starving. Will you: Work as a pauper apprentice in an English ...

Reviewed Titles
ISBN 9781476502557
Format Hardcover
Series You Choose: History

S/L Price
$24.49

Copyright Dewey Interest Level Reading Level ATOS GRL Lexile
2014 331 Grades 3-7 Grades 3-4 S
 
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