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If You Give an Author a Pencil (Meet the Author) Hardcover – January, 2003
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A New York Times best-selling children's book author, Laura is best known for the series based on her book IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE. First printed in 1985, "Mouse" is beyond its 60th printing. The fourth book in the series, IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO THE MOVIES was on the New York Times Children's Best Seller list for five months- nine weeks at number one.
An avid animal lover and foodie, Laura's released her newest book RAISING A HERO. It is the first of the Work for Biscuits series celebrating dogs with incredible jobs.
In 2000, IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE was featured on the Oprah show three times, and was recommended by Oprah's first kids' book club, as well as being noted as Oprah's favorite children's book of the year on her Christmas show. "PIG" was also on Publisher's Weekly Bestseller List for over a year. In addition, the series has sold over 4.5 million copies, been printed in fourteen languages, and won the prestigious Quill Award in the picture book category.
Some of Laura's other books currently in print are: WHAT MOMMIES DO BEST/WHAT DADDIES DO BEST, DOGS DON'T WEAR GLASSES, THE CHICKEN SISTERS, WHY A DISGUISE? The first two books in Laura's JELLYBEANS book series made the New York Times Best Seller List.
Hillary Clinton, President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush have all read Laura's books to kids. First Lady Michelle Obama, her mother, her daughters, Malia and Sasha read Laura's book at the 2010 Easter Egg Roll on the White House Lawn. Laura was one of ten children's authors invited to a literacy day in Washington during the Bush administration in 2001. She has also visited over 100 elementary schools and has been a speaker at teacher conferences around the country.
With the release of her latest book, RAISING A HERO, Laura actively supports CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE, a non-profit organization providing service dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Laura also donates a portion of her book royalties to FIRST BOOK, a non-profit organization that provides brand new books to children who otherwise would not have access to them. She donated all royalties from THE HOPE TREE- KIDS TALK OUT ABOUT BREAST CANCER, to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
When not writing, Laura takes French lessons, reads to children in hospitals and considers herself a book and movie fanatic.
Top Customer Reviews
Having read several other author biographies in the same series (Eve Bunting, Cynthia Rylant), we were looking forward to discovering something interesting about author Laura Numeroff (one of my daughter's favorite books back when she was three/four was If You Give a Mouse a Cookie), and what an insightful read!
We learned about Ms. Numeroff's early beginnings, how she grew up in a house filled with books, art, and love. What I especially liked about this book was the details about what inspired Ms. Numeroff, and her writing process. Also, the level of tenacity and persistence - Ms. Numeroff had eight rejections at one time, but she never gave up, and look where she is now! It is a story that inspires young children and aspiring writers to keep persevering at one's writing and not to call it quits.
Lavishly illustrated with photos of the author at work, at rest, and at play, as well as some of the illustrations from her various children's books, this is a delightful, inspiring author biography that deserves a place in school and public libraries.
This is an excellent book for young potential authors. They can see a little bit of what life would be like as an author.