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Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton!


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Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton’s first published work was a note passed to a boy in third grade. You would have thought this most embarrassing moment would have ended her writing career. But instead, Laurie has gone on to write forty books and is the author/illustrator of two more.

Laurie has been published in the trade, educational, craft, and Christian markets. WHY COWBOYS SLEEP WITH THEIR BOOTS ON is her best-selling picture book. It won the Premier Print Award given by Eastman Kodak and has sold over 45,000 copies since publication.

Laurie wrote and illustrated GOD BE IN MY HEART in 1999, and RED, WHITE, AND BLUE in 2002. The Huebner Museum of Children’s Picture Book Art, housed  in the Toledo Public Library, honored Laurie by purchasing and exhibiting a piece of art from RED, WHITE, AND BLUE. Martha Stewart’s Radio Station highlighted RED WHITE AND BLUE, and The Children’s Book Council invited Laurie to write about America’s freedoms as related to the book for their premier online magazine.

The Children’s Book Committee of Bank Street College of Education selected A YOUNG MAN’S DANCE as among the best Children’s Books of the year in 2007.

Laurie Knowlton is an international speaker, addressing students, educators, and writers throughout the United States and Mexico. You can reach her at

A Sample of Laurie's Books!

Click here for a complete book list and summaries of each.

Be sure to also view some of Laurie's own illustrations!


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Name: Joyce Garcowski Kasnyik
Date: 11/05/13
Message: Hi Laurie- Often wondered what happened to the best kindergarten teacher ever! I am still teaching Spanish (in Amherst) and am happy to see how successful you have been with your writing. bien hecho! May God continue to bless you and your family.

Name: Sherry Van Zee
Date: 08/25/13
Message: I know that it has been 10 years ago or so that you were in Miller, SD, but I just want to know that I am still using your books in the classroom. Keep up the good writing.

Name: Linda Smalley
Date: 02/15/13
Message: I just read "I Know a Librarian." What a fabulous book. I loved the vocabulary and the illustrations were a perfect match to your lively text. I must admit, I didn't predict the word until close to the end - the rhyme helped. Thanks, Laurie, for a lovely addition to the world of children's literature.

Name: Linda Christopher
Date: 12/10/12
Message: We're trying to help afamily in our neighborhood that has 8 adopted mentally challenged children. The little 11-year-old boy, Mark, that we're helping wants to be a cowboy/bull rider when he grows up. He is able to read and loves cowboy books. could you or would you donate your "Why" cowboy series to him w/ your autograph? I think he'd love them. Thank you in advance and Merry Christmas. Linda Christopher

Name: Paula
Date: 11/25/12
Message: Thanks for being You! Beautiful kids books and more~

Name: Rhonda Aldrich
Date: 07/03/11
Message: Exceptional gift of imagery through words. I love your way with words and the ease with which you tell a story. You are talented beyond measure and have such a loving spirit that it emanates from the pages of your work.

Name: Sharron
Date: 05/22/11
Message: Really enjoyed this week-ends conference. Your sharings were excellent. Thank you for always giving!

Name: Nandini Anand
Date: 04/13/11
Message: Laurie, enjoyed attending the "POP INTO SPRING" program yesterday at the North Royalton, OH library with my daughter. Glad to have met you and now learning about your books through your wonderful website. Great illustrations!

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Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
7449 Coon Club Road
Medina, OH 44212
Phone: 330-421-3139

Email: laurie@laurieknowlton.com
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