Official Biography

Lola M. Schaefer is an author of children’s books and a national writing consultant. She travels across the country sharing her love of reading and writing in schools, at conferences, and at workshops. For the past thirty years she has informed and inspired teachers and students on the craft of writing and the implementation of writing workshop.

Lola is the author of more than 280 books for children including picture books, easy readers, novelty books, classroom books and informational texts. One of her first critically recognized picture books, This is the Sunflower, was published by Greenwillow Books in 2000. Since then, Lola has published five more books with Greenwillow Books (HPC), including the ALA Notable Children’s Book in the LA Pick, Pull, Snap! Where Once a Flower Bloomed (2003) and An Island Grows (2006), which is a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book. Her next Greenwillow Book will debut fall, 2019.

Frankie Stein (Marshall Cavendish, 2007) was awarded the Children’s Choice Book Award for Kindergarten through Grade 2 in New York City on May 13, 2008. Arrowhawk (Henry Holt and Company, 2004) was selected NSTA’s Outstanding Trade Books for Children, received three different Zena Sutherland Awards for Literature, as well as several state book awards including the Missouri Show Me Award.

Loose Tooth (My First I Can Read HPC) was honored in 2007 with The Garden State Book Award for Easy Reader. Currently, the six titles about a kitten named MITTENS (My First I Can Read Books) have sold more than one million copies.

Hidden Dangers (Chronicle Books, 2017) is Lola’s most recent nonfiction title. Other Chronicle Books are: Because of An Acorn (2016), Lifetime (2013), and Just One Bite (2010) which was selected as a 2011 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12, listed on the New York Times Children’s Books 2010: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, and received the Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award 2011 for Beginning Nonfiction.

Many of Lola’s titles are now available in Russian, Swedish, French, Korean, Japanese, and Spanish.
As a writing consultant, Lola has worked in hundreds of schools across the country. She shares effective classroom strategies on writing workshop, the craft of writing, and genre structures. Lola offers classroom demonstration lessons, as well as general presentations on craft mini-lessons and the art of writing.

Lola was a classroom teacher in grades K-7 for eighteen years, as well as a graduate-level college instructor who taught classes on writing in the elementary classroom. She received her B.S. in Education and her M.S. in Education from Indiana University. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Lola lives with her husband Ted in the mountains of north Georgia near the start of the Appalachian Trail.