Children's Authors' Ally LLC

Connecting Schools With the Books and Authors Kids Love!


Helen Lester

Helen Lester is the author of many wildly popular books, including Tacky The Penguin, Hurty Feelings, Hooway For Wodney Wat, Batter Up Wombat, and Tacky Goes to Camp. She has been visiting schools all over the country for the past 15 years, at the rate of 50 – 60 schools a year. The main purpose of her program is to encourage children to write by showing the (VERY) rough stages her books go through. Yes, authors DO get stuck, make mistakes and get frustrated!  In addition to presenting educational elements she brings along her trusty ukelele and clog- dancing penguin. As a former second grade teacher she loves being around schools and is happy to talk with students in pre-K – 8. Teachers frequently choose Helen as the subject of their author studies because her titles provide gentle lessons on the importance of kindness and tolerance.

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Grade Levels: Grades K-2
Genres: Fiction