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Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

One Busy Day
March 2014
Hyperion Books

Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Jessica Meserve

All Mia wants is for her big brother, Spencer, to play with her. But he’s always too busy. With a little imagination and a lot of love, Mia might just be able to show Spencer that it’s a lot more fun to be busy together.

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Swamp Chomp
March 2014
Holiday House

Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Paul Meisel

It’s nearly lunchtime in the swamp. Insects buzz, fish slither, and turtles glide through the wetlands as they hunt down their next meal. Splash! Scratch! Swish! Look out . . . the alligator is ready to CHOMP.

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LIFETIME
September 2013
Chronicle Books

Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

In one lifetime, a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers, a woodpecker will drill 30 roosting holes, a giraffe will wear 200 spots, a seahorse will birth 1,000 babies. Count each one and many more while learning about the wondrous things that can happen in just one animal’s lifetime.

  • 2014 Junior Library Guild Selection
  • An Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book for 2014
  • An Outstanding Science Trade Book by NSTA/CBC 2014
  • Bank Street College 2014 Best Books of the Year
  • 2014 Baker’s Dozen 13 Best Books for Family Literacy
  • 2014-2015 Great Lakes Great Books Reading List
  • A 2014 International Reading Association Teacher’s Choice Book
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Mittens At School
July 2012
I Can Read! Books, HPC

Available in paperback July, 2012!
Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Susan Hartung

Mittens goes to school with Nick and then learns that he has to wait a long time to be with his friend. Mittens explores the classroom, but it’s difficult for a kitten to find something fun to do. In the end, Mittens finds just the right activity that makes everyone happy, including him.

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One Special Day
March 2012
Hyperion Books

Publisher: Hyperion Books
Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Jessica Meserve

Does having a new brother or sister make you into MORE than you already are? Spencer is about to find out.

ALA 2013 Notable Children’s Book
2013 Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year

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Mittens, Where Is Max?
October 2011
I Can Read! Books, HPC

Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Susan Hartung

Mittens is searching for Max. He wants to play! But Max isn’t in any of the places where Mittens looks for him. Where can he be? The happy surprise that awaits Mittens in this easy-to-read story will charm the youngest of readers.

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Just One Bite
September 2010

Publisher: Chronicle Books
Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Geoff Waring
Awards NSTA/CBC Award

To read about Lola’s research process for her narrative nonfiction books, click on this link: Lola's Information Source!

This fabulous, life-sized introduction to what animals eat, how they eat it, and how much they eat in a single bite is full of compelling facts and images. From the tiny sand-grain-sized bite of earth that the earthworm takes to the double-gatefold spread of a sperm whale sucking a whole giant squid down in just one bite, this book and the eleven animals in it are EXACTLY as large as life!

Awards

  • A National Science Teacher’s Association/Children’s Book Council 2011 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
  • New York Times Children's Books 2010: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award 2011 for Beginning Nonfiction
  • Book All Young Georgians Should Read 2014
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Frankie Stein Starts School
August 2010
Marshall Cavendish

Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Kevan Atteberry

Frankie Stein looks nothing like his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stein, or the spooky-looking kids at Miss Wart’s Academy for Ghouls & Goblins. His clean-cut looks make it hard for him to make friends. But Frankie knows a thing or two about being scary and he wins over the other kids, showing that popularity depends on more than how you look. Once again, Frankie Stein proves that he’s happiest when he’s true to himself.

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Happy Halloween, Mittens
August 2010
I Can Read! Books, HPC

Available in paperback August, 2010!
Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Susan Hartung

Nick is getting ready for Halloween, and Mittens wants to help. But the only thing he seems to be good at is making a mess—until Mittens finds his own way to contribute to the special night’s spooky good fun. The youngest of readers will delight in the appealing kitten’s easy-to-read celebration of a favorite holiday!

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Guess Who?
December 2009
Little Simon

In this adorable board book, kids can read the riddles and unfold the pages for a giant 14 x 14 inch surprise! The clues on each page hint to which furry, feathered and flippered friend wants to be their valentine.

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Lola Schaefer's Boo Who?

Boo Who?
August 2009
Little Simon

I ride my broom through the October sky,
and cackle at the moon that's hanging high.
Boo! Who am I?

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Lola Schaefer's Please Pass the Manners

Please Pass the Manners
June 2009
Little Simon

Come along with funny farm animals as they learn table manners. As the flaps open up, the animals find out that learning about manners is a whole lot of fun! At the end of the book, kids can use the pull-out chart and stickers to keep track of their own table manners!

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Easter Surprises
January 2009
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Share these magically changing pictures and sparkling Easter goodies with your special Easter bunny!

In this charming Easter story, each alternating spread of this unique interactive format features a window that magically changes images with the pull of a tab. From pastel plastic eggs, out spill your favorite toys! An empty easter basket fills up with bright, colorful jellybeans and holiday chocolates! But the best Easter suprise of all is saved for the last page...having fun with your family and friends!

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What's That, Mittens?

What’s That, Mittens?
April 2008
I Can Read (HPC)

Available in paperback!
Read What’s That, Mittens? to see what Mittens finds.

A big yard can be a lonely place for a little kitten. So when Mittens hears a scratching noise behind the fence, he has to see what is on the other side.

“The author skillfully integrates short exclamations and animal sounds into the text, moving the story along and adding sensory details within the early-reader format. Hartung's soft-focus watercolor illustrations imbue the appealing kitten and the big (but friendly) dog with a perky sweetness that will charm the youngest readers.” Kirkus, spring 2008

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Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

Frankie Stein
January 2007
Marshall Cavendish

Available in paperback August, 2009!
Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Kevan Atteberry

Frankie Stein comes into the world on
a bright, sunny day.

He’s not at all like his parents.

They’re scary looking.
He’s cute.

They try to make him look like them.
They can’t.

But he does end up being scary
in his own way!

Awards

  • Children's Choice Book Award (L-2), 2008
  • Mockingbird Award, 2009
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Follow Me, Mittens
January 2007
I Can Read! books (HPC)

Available in paperback!
Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung

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Toolbox Twins, by Lola Schaefer

Toolbox Twins
January 2006
Henry Holt and Company

Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Melissa Iwai

Awards

  • 2007 Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended List
  • 2007 Best Children's Books of the Year at Bank Street College of Education
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An Island Grows, by Lola Schaefer

An Island Grows
January 2006
Greenwillow Books (HPC)

Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Cathie Felstead

Awards

  • Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book
  • 2006 Junior Library Guild Selection
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Mittens, by Lola Schaefer

Mittens
January 2006
I Can Read! Books (HPC)

Available in paperback!
Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung

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Arrowhawk, by Lola Schaefer

Arrowhawk
January 2004
Henry Holt and Company

Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

Awards

  • 2006-2007 Young Hoosier Book Award for Picture Book
  • Recipient of the 2007 Nevada Young Reader Award for the Picture Book Category
  • 2007 Missouri's Show Me Readers Award
  • 2005 Zena Sutherland Awards for Best Text, Best Illustration and Best Overall Picture Book
  • Winner of the 2006 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award
  • 2005 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12
  • Listed on The Best Children's Books of the Year 2005 by the Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education
  • Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2005 from the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Loose Tooth, by Lola Schaefer

Loose Tooth
January 2004
I Can Read! Book (HPC)

Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Sylvie Wickstrom

Awards

  • 2007 Garden State Children’s Book Award for Easy Reader
  • A 2004 Junior Library Guild Selection
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Pick, Pull, Snap! Where Once A Flower Bloomed, by Lola Schaefer

Pick, Pull, Snap! Where Once A Flower Bloomed
October 2003
Greenwillow Books (HPC)

Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Lindsay Barrett George

Awards

  • On The Texas Library Association’s 2 X 2 Reading List for 2004
  • 2004 Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts by the Children’s Literature Assembly
  • Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Honor
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What's Up, What's Down, by Lola Schaefer

What’s Up, What’s Down?
January 2002
Greenwillow Books (HPC)

Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Barbara Bash

Awards

  • Nominated for The Keystone to Reading Book Award 2003
  • One of the Best Children’s Books of the Year 2003 by the Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education
  • On The Texas Library Association 2 X 2 Reading List for 2003
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This is the Rain, by Lola Schaefer

This Is the Rain
January 2001
Greenwillow Books (HPC)

Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Jane Wattenberg

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This is the Sunflower, by Lola Schaefer

This Is The Sunflower
January 2000
Greenwillow Books (HPC)

Written by Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrated by Donald Crews

Awards

  • One of the Best Children’s Books of the Year 2000 by the Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education
  • Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Award, 2000
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