Carmela A. Martino

Author. Speaker. Teacher.

Selected Works

Middle-Grade Novel
Rosa didn't know which she hated more--being lonely or being different. One thing she did know--she wanted a baby brother . . . one just like Antonio.

To read an excerpt from the novel,
click here.

For a list of discussion questions, click here.

The new edition of Rosa, Sola is now available, and includes a new "Discussion Questions" section for classroom use. The paperback can be ordered directly here, and from most online booksellers. The Kindle version is available from Amazon, and the Nook version is at!
Two Articles in the book below
Carmela's two articles appears in the 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market edited by Chuck Sambuchino (Writer's Digest Books).
Short Story in Anthology
Short story in I Fooled You: Ten Stories of Tricks, Jokes, and Switcheroos, a middle-grade anthology edited by Johanna Hurwitz. See the teacher's guide here.
Poem in And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer, a collection of 50 sports poems by writers from 10 countries.
Poem in Anthology
In Chicken Soup for the Soup: Teens Talk High School edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark, & Madeline Clapps
For Recommended Reading for Children and Teens click below:

Carmela's Blog

Please note: This is only an occasional blog. Please see my regular posts at

Critique Giveaway at TeachingAuthors!

April 22, 2010

Tags: Teaching Authors Blog, Critique Giveaway

We're celebrating our first blogiversary at! As a thank-you gift to our readers, we’re offering a special “choose your own critique” giveaway. You can enter to win a critique of one of the following: a picture book manuscript, nonfiction piece, synopsis, novel opening, short story, or poetry.

For details, see my post today at: TeachingAuthors.

Guest Teaching Author Interview and Another Giveaway

September 28, 2009

Tags: Teaching Authors Blog, Book Giveaway

Today at, we are featuring a Guest Teaching Author Interview with Elizabeth Dulemba as part of the blog tour for her new bilingual picture book SOAP, SOAP, SOAP ~ JABON, JABON, JABON. This is our first interview with an author who is also an illustrator! In honor of Elizabeth’s visit, we will be giving away an autographed copy of her new book. You have until midnight Wednesday, Sept. 30 (CST), to enter for a chance to win. For details, click here.

Another Giveaway at Teaching Authors

September 16, 2009

Tags: Teaching Authors Blog, Book Giveaway

Today, Esther Hershenhorn posted a review of Ann Whitford Paul’s WRITING PICTURE BOOKS: A HANDS-ON GUIDE FROM STORY CREATION TO PUBLICATION at In conjunction with the review, we are giving away one of Ann’s picture books--WORD BUILDER, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus. To enter our giveaway drawing, readers need to post a comment sharing the title of a favorite book on writing for children and/or teens by midnight, Friday, Sept. 18. For more information, click here.

Chance to win a free book!

September 4, 2009

Tags: Teaching Authors Blog, Book Giveaway

All week we have been celebrating the release of April Halprin Wayland's picture book, New Year at the Pier--A Rosh Hashanah Story at You can enter for a chance to win a free autographed copy by posting a goal for the new school year. For more information, click here. But note: entry deadline is midnight, Monday, Sept. 7 (CST).

Dialogue in Mutlicultural Stories

August 26, 2009

Tags: Teaching Authors Blog, Rosa Sola, Multicultural Stories

In today's post at, I answer a reader's question about writing dialogue in multicultural stories. If you'd like to read it, click here.

Six-Word Memoirs

August 25, 2009

Tags: Teaching Authors Blog, Back-to-School Writing Activities, Six-Word Memoirs

My TeachingAuthors blog post on August 12 was about writing six-word memoirs. This is a great back-to-school writing activity. Read all about it at

Time Management Tips for Writers

July 1, 2009

Tags: Teaching Authors Blog, Time Management

If you'd like a glimpse into how I spend my time, read my blog post today at (You can access it directly using the link in the right-hand sidebar.) My fellow TA bloggers will be discussing the issue as well. If you have any tips, please stop by and share.

Sign up for my Newsletter!

June 18, 2009

Tags: Newsletter, Teaching Authors Blog

I've decided to create an email newsletter. If you would like to receive periodic updates regarding my classes, publishing news, and school visits, sign up for the newsletter in the right sidebar of my "News" page.

Also, don't forget to read my latest post at TeachingAuthors post at

Happy Children's Book Week May 11-17!

May 11, 2009

Tags: Teaching Authors Blog, Children's Book Week

In honor of Children's Book Week, I have posted some thoughts on "reading as a writer" at You can read my comments at .

The New Blog Revealed

April 23, 2009

Tags: Teaching Authors Blog, Group Blog

The new blog I hinted about last month is now up and running. It's blog by six children's book authors (including me) who happen to also teach writing. We plan to discuss topics of interest to writers, teachers, and librarians. Stop by and check us out!