How We Are Smart

By W. Nikola-Lisa
Illustrated by Sean Qualls

Paperback: $10.95

Six Pack: $65.70

Musician Tito Puente. Ballerina Maria Tallchief. Explorer Matthew Henson. Congresswoman Patsy Mink. These are some of the people profiled in this book. They are well known for different reasons, but they also have something in common. They were all smart!

Readers will learn that being smart is about more than doing well in school. There are eight ways to be smart, and they are reflected in how a person uses his or her body, relates to the natural world, responds to music and art, and more. When readers see how the people in this book used their smarts, they will learn about themselves too, and their own unique ways of being smart. Back-of-book information about the eight intelligences, along with activities, enhance the learning experience.

Lively storytelling and striking illustrations introduce readers to the empowering theory of multiple intelligences — and the adventure of discovering how they are smart!

Teach how to compare and contrast using How We Are Smart.

Check out the lesson and activity guide created by the Community Education Center of the American Immigration Council.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb W. Nikola-Lisa - Author

is the author of numerous award-winning children's books, among them Bein' with You This Way, Summer Sun Risin', and My Teacher Can Teach Anyone!, all published by LEE & LOW BOOKS. A professor of education at National-Louis University in Evanston, Illinois, Nikola-Lisa lives in Chicago with his wife. To find out more about W. Nikola-Lisa, visit his website:

Thumb_thumb Sean Qualls

is the illustrator of Powerful Words, a Parents' Choice Award winner, and The Baby on the Way, praised by Booklist for its 'intimate artwork.' A full-time artist, Qualls has also created illustrations for magazines, newspapers, advertisements, and corporate publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and their son. Visit him online at or at his artist page.

About This Title


Paperback: 9781600604447

Hardcover: 9781584302544

Six Pack: 9781600604478


Myers Outstanding Book Awards - Honorable Mention
Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America

Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades 1 - 8

Reading Level:

Grades 3 - 4


Nature/Science, Nonfiction, Middle Grade, United States History, Similarities and Differences, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Responsibility, Poetry, Overcoming Obstacles, Occupations, Native American Interest, Multiethnic interest, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, History, Heroism, Education, Dreams & Aspirations, Cultural Diversity, Civil Rights Movement, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Breaking Gender Barriers, African/African American Interest, Biography/Memoir, Art, Asian/Asian American Interest, Empathy/Compassion, Integrity/Honesty , Leadership, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Persistence/Grit, Respect/Citizenship, Self Control/Self Regulation, Pride

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