“Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone has a book only they can write. It’s critical to me that kids value their thoughts, feelings and experiences–the fun ones and the tough ones too–and learn to tell their own stories. I want them to know how powerful they can be.”
Laurel Snyder is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels for children including Orphan Island, My Jasper June, Penny Dreadful, Bigger than a Bread Box, Any Which Wall, Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains OR The Search for a Suitable Princess, and Seven Stories Up. Laurel is also the author of numerous picture books including Hungry Jim, Swan, the Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, Charlie and Mouse,The Forever Garden, The King of Too Many Things, and Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher.
Her books have won the Theodore Seuss Geisel Medal, the Sydney Taylor Medal, the Orbis Pictus Honor, the E.B White Readaloud Honor, the Parents Choice Silver, the Golden Kite Honor, and been long-listed for the National Book Award.
Laurel grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and went to college at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. She’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Michener-Engle Fellow. She teaches in the MFAC program at Hamline University and in the creative writing department at Emory University.
These days, Laurel lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, two boys, and several badly-behaved cats. She gardens badly, shelves books at the school library, and finds her sons to be a constant source of inspiration. (When asked for a comment, the boys admitted that they find Mom to be “a bit of a nag.” But Laurel is comfortable with that.)
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