Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s many picture books have won her the Caldecott Honor Award twice and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award twice, as well as many other awards. She has also exhibited her art at multiple galleries, and she won an Emmy Award for her work in the network television business as an animator and designer.
Laura grew up on Long Island where she began drawing at the age of two. Later she received her BFA at State University of New York. According to her website, “Laura has been an artist and a writer for as long as she can remember and has always wanted to make picture books for children. In the fifth grade, she’d written an essay that stated with absolute certainty that she was born to make picture books. By that time, she had written and illustrated her own little library.”
Laura brings bold colors, important learning concepts, and new ways of looking at the world together in a way that both kids and adults love. The Provo Library is very excited to have picture book author/illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger coming to BYU’s Books for Young Readers Symposium this week. Check out a few of these great titles:
With die-cut pages and rhyming text, Seeger explores the many shades that one color can have. The reader sees examples from nature of jungle green, khaki green, fern green, and a few greens they would never expect. This book won the Caldecott Honor Award and is bound to be a classic.
FIRST THE EGG
This picture book presents various forms of transformation: first the tadpole, then the frog. As expected with Seeger, some of the pairings are a delightful surprise. This book is a great way to introduce young children to ideas of cause and effect, life cycles, and the interconnectedness of our world.
A stuffed bear and an energetic dachshund join the ranks of great friendship duos to be found in easy reader titles. They help each other, laugh together, and have adventures. These short and sweet tales with simple text are perfect for young children just learning to read on their own.
I USED TO BE AFRAID
This simple story shows examples of things a little girl used to be afraid of, such as spiders and dark shadows, and how she conquered those fears by seeing each thing in a new light – being awed by the beautiful intricacy of a spider’s web or making shadow puppets on the walls. This is a great way to start a conversation about fear with young children.