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Laurie Keller Thanks Geisel Committee in Song!

August 4th, 2017

Not only is Laurie Keller an incredibly talented author and illustrator, she is now the American Library Association 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal winner! The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

Laurie’s creativity knows no bounds. Watch her thank you song to the Geisel Committee by searching “Laure Keller Thank You” on YOU TUBE (too large to post here).



We Are Growing: A Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book, written and illustrated by Laurie Keller and published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

With an endorsement from Elephant and Piggie, early readers will delight in following the hilarious and zany growth spurts of seven blades of grass. As the green blades talk (and posture) about their unique identities, they are interrupted by a menacing purple lawnmower.

Expressive facial features distinguish each blade and add to character development in a fresh way. The use of onomatopoeia, word play, speech bubbles, and creative manipulation of font size combine to offer beginning readers an engaging experience. 

“The committee appreciated the originality, pitch perfect humor, and natural sounding repetition that are ideal for the intended audience,” said Geisel Award Committee Chair Shilo Halfen. “Who knew that watching grass grow could be so much fun?”