SANDRA NEIL WALLACE IS AN AUTHOR AND ADVOCATE for change. Known for her investigative journalism and original narrative style, her books for young readers focus on people who break barriers and change the world. As the daughter of a refugee and concentration camp survivor, Sandra became a changemaker herself. The first generation in her family to attend university, she became a journalist, anchoring the network news before shattering the glass ceiling in sports television as the first woman to host an NHL broadcast on national TV. Her books have won national awards including NCTE's Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction, SCBWI’s Golden Kite Honor Award, ILA’s Social Justice Literature Award, and been chosen as Outstanding Science Books and Best Books by the American Library Association, Kirkus, Booklist, and the New York and Chicago Public Libraries.
Sandra became a U.S. citizen in 2016 and advocates for social responsibility in her community as a co-founder of the Keene International Festival and The Daily Good, a non-profit making the daily lives of community members better. An advisor to the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College, she is the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Women of New Hampshire Award for peace & nonviolence and the Keene Sentinel’s Extraordinary Women Award. Sandra lives in New Hampshire with her husband and frequent collaborator, author Rich Wallace.
Since breaking a gender barrier in sports as the first woman to anchor an NHL broadcast on national TV, Sandra Neil Wallace has been writing stories about people who break barriers and change the world. She is the author of the Orbis Pictus Award-winning book Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery, illustrated by Bryan Collier, which earned 4 starred reviews and co-author of the Orbis Pictus Honor book The Teachers March!, which also earned 4 starred reviews. Her young adult nonfiction title, Blood Brother, won The International Literacy Association’s Social Justice Award and was a YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction. The daughter of a Yugoslavian refugee, Sandra lives in New Hampshire where she continues to break barriers and create change as co-founder of The Daily Good.
Snack & Read LIVE with Simon Kids on Facebook
Sandra reads Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas on Simon Kids Facebook page as part of the Snack & Read LIVE series. Grab a snack and tune in for story time!
THE TEACHERS MARCH!
Virtual School Visits
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH (NCTE) CONVENTION
NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM
Hear Mrs. Joyce Parrish O’Neal, featured in The Teachers March!, be interviewed on Sundays @ Home
Brave Girls Virtual Story Time
NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MUSEUM
Read-Aloud, Q & A of THE TEACHERS MARCH!: HOW SELMA’S TEACHERS CHANGED HISTORY
SANDRA NEIL WALLACE inspires thousands of young students and burgeoning writers as a guest author and writing workshop leader. She enjoys virtual and in-person school visits and often presents with her husband and frequent book collaborator, Rich Wallace. Sandra is also an official presenter for the literary non-profit CLiF (Children’s Literacy Foundation). Find out about presentations on Sandra's SCHOOL VISIT GUIDE.