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#18 Women Artists: Laurie Keller

By June 27, 2018May 13th, 2021The Kerlan Blog

What Started Project

From Laurie Keller (1961-)Something About the Author. Vol.196 (2009)

Laurie Keller ‘s debut picture book The Scrambled States of America, Henry Holt (1998.) brought U.S. children’s books to a whole new level of style and humor. . ”One night, just when I was starting to fall asleep, some little states with ar1ns andlegsandfacespoppedintomyhead,”she explained to Grand Rapids Press reporter Terri Finch Hamilton. Over several weeks, Keller turned the idea into a book about states swapping places.



For me, Open Wide: Tooth School Inside is pure genius.

Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, Henry Holt , 2000.

A wacky and wonderful tour of teeth.

And then there is Arnie, the doughnut. Absurdist humor at its best.

Arnie the Doughnut, Henry Holt 2003.

Keller was the winner of the 2017 recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for “We Are Growing! A Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book” published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

And coming this fall

From Publisher’s Weekly For her first standalone picture book in eight years, author-illustrator Laurie Keller has created a brand new character, an exuberant spud named Potato. His quest to find appropriate attire during a big sale provides, well, the meat and potatoes of Potato Pants! (Holt/Ottaviano ), arriving this fall. In an exclusive first look at the book’s jacket, Potato’s excitement at the prospect of purchasing a perfect pair of pants is palpable. Publisher’s Weekly profile of Keller and her editor Ottaviano, a twenty-year collaboration. 

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