Welcome to my website!

I’m delighted that you stopped by to learn more about me and my books. I love to write picture books and stories for middle grade and young adult readers and I greatly enjoy talking about writing. If you want to read some of my random thoughts on writing, please read my blog. Please note, my blog is now on Wordpress.

In addition to writing for children, I also write for adults. You can find links to my published works here.

Interested in finding out about my creative process (and seeing my baby photo)? Please look at about laurie.

If you want to know what I'm up to, check out news.

If you're in the mood for some fun stuff like puzzles and games and recipes (and Teacher Guides) go to fun activities.

My deepest appreciation to the wonderful illustrators who have given my characters such marvelous faces: Wendy Edelson, Shelly Schonebaum Ephraim, Valeri Gorbachev, Anne Jewett, and Hilary Knight.

And, of course, please check out my books.

Selected Works

Picture Book
"[this] capricious tale will have young girls wishing for a silly grandma just like Tillie, especially if she can hang a spoon from her nose." Kirkus Reviews *****Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie has been announced as a winner of the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award. See the book page for more information.
Winner of the 2005 National Jewish Book Award for Family Literature and a 2006 Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Younger Readers
A hippo and an antelope seem to have nothing in common, but become good friends.