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Laura Numeroff      

Children's Books Author & Illustrator Known for "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"

A New York Times best-selling children’s book author, Laura Joffe Numeroff is best known for the series based on her book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." First printed in 1985, “Mouse” is now 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.

Numeroff was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up as the youngest of three girls, surrounded by art, music, and books. She attended Pratt Institute and graduated with a degree in communications and a contract for her first children’s book, "Amy for Short," published in 1975 by Macmillan.

In 2000, "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" was featured on The Oprah Winfrey 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 Publishers 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.

Speech Topics

Using My Books in the Classroom

Laura will give examples of using her books in the classroom, to ignite a passion for reading, using the stories to teach math, sparking creativity in helping children write and illustrate their own circle stories. And a Q & A!

The Life of A Children’s Book Author

How I came to be a children’s book author, where I get my ideas, the process of publishing a book, dealing with illustrations, and Q & A.

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