Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Keller reading at the Gaithersburg Book Festival, 2014
Keller graduated from the Kendall College of Art and Design.
(At the first annual "states party", Virginia and Idaho ha...)
At the first annual "states party", Virginia and Idaho hatch a plan to swap spots so each can see another part of the country. Before the party is over, all the states decide to switch places. In the beginning, every state is happy in its new location. But soon things start to go wrong. Florida, who switches spots with Minnesota, is freezing in the frosty northern climate, and Minnesota hasn't brought sunscreen and is getting an awful sunburn. Will the states ever unscramble themselves and return to their proper places?
(From dolls and checkers to pinball and the modern video g...)
From dolls and checkers to pinball and the modern video game, there's a wide selection here for boys and girls alike. With humor and wit, this intriguing book serves up slices of cultural history that will inspire young readers to start thinking up their own toy inventions.
(A deliciously imaginative story about friendship - from t...)
A deliciously imaginative story about friendship - from the author/illustrator of The Scrambled States of America. Arnie was fascinated as he watched the customers stream into the bakery. One by one, doughnuts were chosen, placed in paper bags, and whisked away with their new owners. Some went by the dozen in giant boxes. "Good-bye!" Arnie yelled to each doughnut. "Have a good trip!" "This is so exciting!" Arnie beamed. "I wonder who will choose ME?" At first glance, Arnie looks like an average doughnut - round, cakey, with a hole in the middle, iced and sprinkled. He was made by one of the best bakeries in town, and admittedly his sprinkles are candy-colored. Still, a doughnut is just a doughnut, right? WRONG! Not if Arnie has anything to say about it. And, for a doughnut, he sure seems to have an awful lot to say. Can Arnie change the fate of all doughnuts - or at least have a hand in his own future?
(Don't you hate when your eyebrows fall into your soup? Di...)
Don't you hate when your eyebrows fall into your soup? Dig them out with a SIX - it's a great eyebrow scoop! If you ever thought that numbers were only for counting - think again! At Grandpa Gazillion's Number Yard, numbers have all sorts of uses that can come in handy when in a pinch. For instance, a two can be used as a saxophone, a ten makes a great pogo stick, and a fourteen is a terrific sailboat. So head over to Grandpa Gazillion's Number Yard and stock up on numbers, because you never know when you just might need them! In her signature style, Laurie Keller has created a wonderfully inventive counting book - from one to twenty - that will keep children laughing and learning.
(Birdy starts every day by smiling at herself in the mirro...)
Birdy starts every day by smiling at herself in the mirror. She says you can smile while doing just about anything - brushing your teeth, taking out the garbage, or eating broccoli. Okay, maybe not while eating broccoli. Even people with bad teeth (like our first president, George Washington) should show their toothy grins because there's no such thing as a bad smile. So heed Birdy's advice and practice your smile - you'll need it while reading this book!
(Mr. Rabbit's new neighbors are Otters. OTTERS! But he doe...)
Mr. Rabbit's new neighbors are Otters. OTTERS! But he doesn't know anything about Otters. Will they get along? Will they be friends? Just treat otters the same way you'd like them to treat you, advises wise Mr. Owl. And so begins Mr. Rabbit's reflection on good manners. In her smart, quirky style Laurie Keller highlights how to be a good friend and neighbor - just follow the Golden Rule! This title has Common Core connections.
After graduating high school, Laurie took education classes at a local community college of Michigan and studied dance until a friend brought her to see a show at the Kendall College of Art and Design, which re-sparked her interest, causing her to enroll and receive a degree from the college in illustration.
Following graduation, Keller worked for seven years for Hallmark Cards as a greeting card artist. While there, she was allowed to design entire cards, which caused her to consider writing and illustrating books. Starting in 1997, she made illustrations for Nickelodeon, and later in 1998, she directed 6 network ID's for the channel with Pitch Productions, using pipe-cleaners and cel animation.
Laurie Keller’s debut children’s book, The Scrambled States of America, tells the story of what happens when the fifty United States grow tired of staying in their places and begin to wander around the map. “Keller ... pushes a silly idea to great lengths, and will elicit laughs from all those who thought geography was boring,” states a Kirkus Reviews critic. “Readers will unwittingly learn more than they bargained for about the (finally) United States, while poring over the endless witty remarks exchanged over state lines,” says a Publishers Weekly reviewer, calling the book an “auspicious debut.”
Open Wide: Tooth School Inside was Keller's second book and was released by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers in 2000. Arnie the Doughnut was Keller's third book. Released in 2003 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.
(Don't you hate when your eyebrows fall into your soup? Di...)2005
(At the first annual "states party", Virginia and Idaho ha...)1998
(From dolls and checkers to pinball and the modern video g...)2000
(A deliciously imaginative story about friendship - from t...)2003
(Birdy starts every day by smiling at herself in the mirro...)2010
(Mr. Rabbit's new neighbors are Otters. OTTERS! But he doe...)2007
Quotations: ''I love making kids laugh and if I can help them learn a little something in the meantime that's even better. I get great emails from kids on my website and there's just not a better feeling for a children's book author/illustrator than hearing from kids telling you they love your books. I also love how kids are willing to suspend belief for awhile.''
When Laurie isn't busy making books or traveling, she enjoys spending time outdoors at her Michigan home, hiking in the woods, playing banjo, cross-country skiing or splashing in Lake Michigan.