Picture Books

Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

Hidden Dangers
August 2017
Chronicle Books

These thirteen DEADLY CREATURES can be difficult to spot until you’re right on top of them . . . or they’re right on top of YOU! Look for each animal in its environment – AND LOOK CLOSELY! – and learn all the ways you could perish or survive – depending on how smart, well-informed, and good at running away you are.


Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

Because of an Acorn
August 2016
Chronicle Books

Enchanting illustrations show the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical book. Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life.
An acorn is just the beginning.

  • 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection

Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

Run For Your Life
February 2016
Holiday House

Animals swoop, sprint, spring and pounce to get food. And they scamper, scramble and stampede to escape. The leopards, impalas, warthogs and hippos in this book are all on the run. See how fast they can go! It’s a matter of life and death!


Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

One Busy Day
March 2014
Hyperion Books

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.

  • Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature Best Children’s Books of 2015

Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

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.

  • The Correll Book Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Informational Text 2015

Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

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
Mittens at School
September 2012
School Library Journal

Each page of this beginning reader has one or two simple sentences and a large, uncluttered illustration that enhances the quiet tone of this story. Hartung's soft-focus watercolors will make children want to touch Mittens's fur and hold him. Youngsters will enjoy this humorous tale.


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Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

Nonfiction Writing Lessons That Work: Engaging Ways to Help Students Plan and Write Informational Texts
August 2012
Scholastic Teaching Resources

Motivate students to check their facts and really learn content as they write in these fun, informational formats. Students learn how to share fascinating facts through sidebars, communicate concisely with terse verse, connect with audiences through factual riddles, organize writing with the Vase graphic organizer, and much more! Complete with model lessons, graphic organizers, books lists, student samples, and tips for differentiation.


Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

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.


Lola Schaefer is a children's book author

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