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Laura Numeroff      

Children's Books Author & Illustrator; Best Known as the Author of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"

Laura Numeroff is the New York Times bestselling author of many beloved children's books, including the If You Give... series, which began with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (HarperCollins). Numeroff has published over 40 children's books.

Numeroff wrote and illustrated nine children's books before selling If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (after nine rejections), to HarperCollins in 1985. Mouse is now in its 62nd printing. Mouse and all the other books in the If You Give... series have been on The New York Times Children's Best Sellers list. In 1 998, Numeroff had 3 books on the Publisher's Weekly top 1 0 children's bestsellers list.

In October 201 6, If You Give a Mouse a Brownie, the ninth & final book in the If You Give... series, debuted.

An avid animal lover, Numeroff with co-creator Sean Hanrahan, wrote Raising a Hero, a picture book about a young boy who raises Max, a service dog. Proceeds from Raising a Hero support Canine Companions for Independence, which trains support animals to help children, adults and veterans with disabilities, attain independence.

President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton have all read Numeroff's books to children. First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, read Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie at the 2010 Easter Egg Roll on the White House Lawn.

On top of visiting the White House in 2001 to celebrate Literacy Day, Numeroff has visited over 100 elementary schools and frequently speaks at conferences, literary festivals, and library programs across the country.

Speech Topics


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.

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!

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