Laurie Keller

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Laurie Keller
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reading at the 2014 Gaithersburg Book Festival
Nationality American
Alma mater Kendall College of Art and Design
Genre Children's non-ficton
Website
www.lauriekeller.com

Laurie Keller is an American children's book author and illustrator. She has written and illustrated books for Henry Holt & Co. Books for Young Readers, and produced illustrations for others.

Life[edit]

Keller grew up in Muskegon, Michigan. After graduating high school, she took education classes at a local community college and studied dance until a friend brought her to see a show at the Kendall College of Art and Design, which re-sparked her interest, causing her to enroll and receive a degree from the college in illustration.

Following graduation, Keller worked for seven years for Hallmark Cards as a greeting card artist. While there, she was allowed to design entire cards, which caused her to consider writing and illustrating books. Starting in 1997, she made illustrations for Nickelodeon, and later in 1998, she directed 6 network ID's for the channel with Pitch Productions, using pipe-cleaners and cel animation.

Keller has written and illustrated six books for Henry Holt Books for Young Readers: The Scrambled States of America, an acclaimed[citation needed] geography book; Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, a dental book about tooth care; Arnie the Doughnut, about an anthropomorphic doughnut; Grandpa Gazillion's Number Yard, a number book, Do Unto Otters, a book about manners; and The Scrambled States of America Talent Show, the follow-up to her 1998 debut.

List of books[edit]

Authored and illustrated[edit]

  • Birdy's Smile Book - 2010
  • Bowling Alley Bandit - 2013
  • Invasion of the Ufonuts - 2014

The Scrambled States of America[edit]

The Scrambled States of America
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Author Laurie Keller
Country United States
Language English
Subject Geography
Genre Fiction
Publisher Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication date
1998
Media type Hardback
Pages 32
ISBN 0-8050-5802-8
OCLC 38150163
[E] 21
LC Class PZ7.K281346 Sc 1998

Keller's first book was released by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers in 1998, and tells the story about the 50 states of America becoming bored and organizing a party, where the states meet each other, hit it off, and decide to trade places.

Publishers Weekly gave the book a positive review, noting that "[i]t's hard to imagine a more engaging (or comical) way to learn the 50 states and their locations."[this quote needs a citation]

A tie-in card game of the same name was published in 2002 by Gamewright.[citation needed] It is a two to four-player game geared toward players 8 years old and up.

Open Wide: Tooth School Inside[edit]

Open Wide: Tooth School Inside
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Author Laurie Keller
Country United States
Language English
Subject Biology
Genre Fiction
Publisher Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication date
2000
Media type Hardback
Pages 40
ISBN 0-8050-6192-4
OCLC 41256282
617.6 21
LC Class RK63 .K44 2000

Open Wide: Tooth School Inside was Keller's second book and was released by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers in 2000. It tells the story of a day in a tooth school, with all 32 tooth students present. The book reviews the biology of teeth, tooth care, and teeth in history.

Arnie the Doughnut[edit]

Arnie the Doughnut
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Author Laurie Keller
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fiction
Publisher Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication date
2003
Media type Hardback
Pages 40
ISBN ISBN 0-8050-6283-1
OCLC 49525694
[E] 21
LC Class PZ7.K281346 Ar 2003

Arnie the Doughnut is Keller's third book. Released in 2003 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, it is the story of a doughnut named Arnie, who attempts to avoid his fate after being purchased by Mr. Bing.

The book was a choice of the Children's Book of the Month Club. The story was also released on DVD, narrated by Michael McKean.[citation needed]

Grandpa Gazillion's Number Yard[edit]

Grandpa Gazillion's Number Yard
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Author Laurie Keller
Country United States
Language English
Subject Mathematics, Numbers
Genre Fiction
Publisher Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication date
2005
Media type Hardback
Pages 32
ISBN 0-8050-6282-3
OCLC 56755961
[E] 22
LC Class PZ8.3.K294 Gr 2005

Grandpa Gazillion's Number Yard is the fourth children's book by Keller. Released in 2005 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, it tells, in rhyme, about the numbers 1 through 20 using the character of Grandpa Gazillion, who runs a junkyard full of numbers.

Do Unto Otters: A Book about Manners[edit]

Do Unto Otters
Author Laurie Keller
Country United States
Language English
Subject Manners
Publisher Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication date
2007
Media type Hardback
Pages 40
ISBN 0-8050-7996-3
OCLC 76133475
[E] 22
LC Class PZ7.K281346 Do 2007

Do Unto Otters: A Book about Manners was released in 2007 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. Keller brings the "Golden Rule" to life in the form of Mr. Rabbit and his new neighbors, the Otters, who show kids that a simple "please" or "thank you" goes a long way in making friends, while animating every page with their well-behaved hijinks.

This book was a Junior Library Guild selection.[citation needed]

Weston Woods distributes a fully animated version of this book on DVD under the same name.[citation needed]

The Scrambled States of America Talent Show[edit]

The Scrambled States of America Talent Show
Author Laurie Keller
Country United States
Language English
Subject Geography
Genre Fiction
Publisher Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Publication date
2008
Media type Hardback
Pages 40
ISBN 0-8050-7997-1
OCLC 181368673
[E] 22
LC Class PZ7.K281346 Scr 2008

The Scrambled States of America Talent Show is the companion to 1998's The Scrambled States of America. This book was both a Children's Book-of-the-Month Club and Junior Library Guild selection.[citation needed]

New York comes up with the idea of having all the states participate in a talent show. The states eagerly agree and prepare for their acts. However, Georgia has stage fright and is worried how her performance will go.

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