Janet Lawler

Award-winning author Janet Lawler writes fiction and nonfiction for children. She loves how words make music, and she appreciates the wonderful way illustrators create new directions and added depth for her stories. Her books have appeared in the Scholastic Book Clubs and the Children’s Book of the Month Club. Translations of her work include editions in Spanish, Japanese, Hebrew, Korean, Arabic, French, Italian, and Indonesian.

Janet’s published fiction picture books include LOVE IS REAL (HarperCollins), FRIGHT SCHOOL (Albert Whitman), MIRABEL’S MISSING VALENTINES (Sterling), and WINTER CATS (Albert Whitman). Bright Agency artist Geraldine Rodriquez will illustrate upcoming KINDERGARTEN HAT (Little Bee).

Janet shares a deep love of the natural world in her nonfiction books that include National Geographic’s RAIN FOREST COLORS and OCEAN COUNTING (named an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the National Science Teachers’ Association), LEAVES and SHELLS (Jumping Jack Press pop-ups), and upcoming WALRUS SONG (Candlewick).

agent: anne@thebrightagency • website: www.JanetLawler.com


‘Ocean Counting’ named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2014 by the National Science Teacher’s Association


“Lawler’s rhyming text is a pleasure to read…This sweetly inspiring story of a timid mouse stepping outside her comfort zone is a winner. Great for Valentine’s or any day. – School Library Journal for ‘Mirabel’s Missing Valentines’

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“Stunning animal photos introduce children to 10 basic colors…the colors of these animals are never in doubt…the photos get readers so close that the scales on the iguana are visible…each spread features a single creature…with a brief paragraph that gives a few facts and asks a question of readers…Readers will not only practice their colors, they’ll get an inkling of what a colorful and wonderful world we live in.” —Starred Kirkus Review for ‘Rain Forest Colors’

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“In impeccably rhymed couplets, Lawler (Snowzilla) makes the case that love is all about actions in a story that feels simultaneously old-fashioned and of-the-moment…” — Publishers Weekly for ‘Love Is Real’

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