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


Named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2014 by the National Science Teacher’s Association for ‘Rainforest Colors and Ocean Counting’


“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’

“Gorgeous photographs and straightforward counting offer preschoolers a few facts about some ocean animals….each page turn surprises….The brightly colored numerals in the corners are prominent, while a brief paragraph tells about each of the 10 different marine species, giving basic facts and frequently drawing readers in with a question….A great counting and learning combination.” — Kirkus Reviews for ‘Rainforest Colors and Ocean Counting’

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