Any kid who's dealt with an exasperated adult is sure to appreciate Laura Joffe Numeroff's If You Give a... series, where children take on semi-parental roles with unexpected, demanding animal guests. Numeroff is an expert at silly situations, catchy verses and stories that absorb and engage.
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Also Known As:
Laura Joffe Numeroff
Date of Birth:
July 14, 1953
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
Buckeye Medal for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, 1989; Parents' Choice Award for If You Give a Moose a Muffin, 1991; Quill Award for If You Give a Pig a Party, 2006
Laura Numeroff's official web site
|Recommended by Numeroff|
E. B. White
Numeroff was a voracious reader as a child, going to the library every week and even making her own bookcovers with "publishers" for her early stories. E. B. White's Stuart Little (a mouse, natch!) tops her web site list of favorites: "Most people are big Charlotte's Web fans, but Stuart won my heart!"
The Cat in the Hat
Harriet the Spy
|A Busy Year||Appreciating Loved Ones|
|If You Take a Mouse to School|
& CASS BK, Felicia Bond (Illustrator), Sarah Weeks
It's a big year for Numeroff, with the debut of three new titles -- including the return of her endearingly needy mouse, who goes this time to school and requires a succession of supplies.
|What Mommies Do Best, What Daddies Do Best|
Numeroff's sweet What Relatives Do Best series are two books in one: Turn the books over and read the other side for an appreciation of moms or dads, grandmothers or grandfathers. Numeroff says she also plans aunt/uncle, sister/brother and puppy/kitten versions.
|Photo by Paul Taylor||