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Lisa grew up in small-town Minnesota. When she wasn’t busy skating on the lakes (during the frozen winters) or cannonballing into them (during the steamy summers), she was often writing stories, poems, novels, and comic strips—or rounding up her friends to act out the adventures she had created.

Lisa’s first published piece came in 5th grade with a letter to the Bemidji newspaper. Once she saw her name in print, she practiced signing her autograph over and over because she was convinced that someday she would have her own book published.

When Lisa grew up, she figured out that not only did people get to write books, they also got to make books. So she went to work in the publishing industry and spent sixteen years with several of the wonderful publishers located in the active Twin Cities book community.

In 1999, Lisa’s picture book Not Enough Beds! was published. She transitioned to life as a full-time writer and has gone on to win several awards and honors for her picture books and nonfiction titles, including a Children’s Choice Award, two Teachers’ Choice Awards, and a listing on Science Books & Films’ Best Books of the Year list. Lisa’s first novel, a mystery for middle grade readers called Turn Left at the Cow, comes out in October 2013 from Harcourt. Lisa also enjoys teaching writing. Her book You Can Write a Story and her Writing Road Trip blog share the fun, hands-on activities she has created while working with young writers. Lisa lives in Minneapolis with a tailless cat who is shaped like a bunny.

Turn Left at the Cow
Harcourt Children’s Books, October 8, 2013
ISBN 9780544029002

Thirteen-year-old Trav has always wondered about his dead-before-he-was-born dad. But when he heads from California to his grandmother’s house in rural Minnesota, hoping to learn about his dad’s past, he gets more than he bargained for. It turns out his dad was involved in a bank robbery right before he mysteriously disappeared, and the loot from the take is still missing. Along with Kenny and Iz, the kids next door, Trav embarks on a search for the cash and the truth about his father. But the trio’s adventure quickly turns dangerous when it becomes clear that someone else is looking for the money—someone who won’t give up without a fight!

  Turn Left at the Cow
Money Basics Series
Millbrook Press, 2014
Grades K-2

Money is important―but it’s sometimes hard to manage! Each of these engaging books are told through the personal story of a young narrator who is learning an important financial literacy concept.

Brody Borrows Money
illustrated by Mike Byrne
ISBN 978-1-4677-0763-3

Ella Earns Her Own Money
illustrated by Mike Moran
ISBN 978-1-4677-0761-9

Gabriel Gets a Great Deal
illustrated by Mike Moran
ISBN 978-1-4677-0766-4

Kyle Keeps Track of Cash
illustrated by Mike Byrne
ISBN 978-1-4677-0762-6

Lily Learns about Wants and Needs
illustrated by Christine M. Schneider
ISBN 978-1-4677-0764-0

Shanti Saves Her Money
illustrated by Christine M. Schneider
ISBN 978-1-4677-0765-7

  Shanti Saves Her Money
Holidays and Special Days Series
Millbrook Press, 2012
grades K to 2

It's time to celebrate! Learn about holidays and special days, including how they're celebrated and their history, through the personal story of a young narrator.

Marco’s Cinco de Mayo
illustrated by Holli Conger
ISBN 978-0-7613-5082-8

Brandon’s Birthday Surprise
illustrated by Katie Saunders
ISBN 978-0-7613-5085-9

Chelsea’s Chinese New Year
illustrated by Katie Saunders
ISBN 978-0-7613-5078-1

Emma’s Easter
illustrated by Constanza Basaluzzo
ISBN 978-0-7613-5080-4

Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr
illustrated by Holli Conger
ISBN 978-0-7613-5079-8

Sarah’s Passover
illustrated by Constanza Basaluzzo
ISBN 978-0-7613-5081-1

Caleb's Hanukkah
illustrated by Constanza Basaluzzo
ISBN 978-0-7613-5077-4

Carter's Christmas
illustrated by Katie Saunders
ISBN 978-0-7613-5074-3

Daniela's Day of the Dead
illustrated by Holli Conger
ISBN 978-0-7613-5084-2

Grace's Thanksgiving
illustrated by Katie Saunders
ISBN 978-0-7613-5076-7

Hailey's Halloween
illustrated by Holli Conger
ISBN 978-0-7613-5083-5

Kevin's Kwanzaa
illustrated by Constanza Basaluzzo
ISBN 978-0-7613-5075-0

  Marco's Cinco de Mayo
Planet Protectors Series
Millbrook Press, 2012
grades K to 2

Our planet needs help! Here come Trina and Tyler to the rescue. These enthusiastic kids show readers how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and more. The appealing artwork and picture book design make learning about protecting the planet fun.

Watch Over Our Water
illustrated by Xiao Xin
ISBN 978-0-7613-6106-0

Choose to Reuse
illustrated by Wes Thomas
ISBN 978-0-7613-6104-6

Earth Day Every Day
illustrated by Xiao Xin
ISBN 978-0-7613-6109-1

Go Easy on Energy
illustrated by Wes Thomas
ISBN 978-0-7613-6107-7

Look Out for Litter
illustrated by Xiao Xin
ISBN 978-0-7613-6105-3

Power Up to Fight Pollution
illustrated by Wes Thomas
ISBN 978-0-7613-6108-4

Rally for Recycling
illustrated by Wes Thomas
ISBN 978-0-7613-6103-9

Awards and Recognition
Watch Over Our Water and Go Easy on Energy were listed on the Science Books & Films’ Best Books of the Year list
Entire series: Teachers’ Choice for Children’s Books Award

  Watch Over Our Water
Nina and Nolan Build a Nonsense Poem
illlustrated by Patrick Girourard
Norwood House Press, 2011
grades 2 to 4, ISBN 978-1-59953-437-4

Follow along as Nina and Nolan learn to write poems that are funny and playful.

  Nina and Nolan Build a Nonsense Poem
Autumn Series
illustrated by Nadine Takvorian
Picture Window Books, 2011
grades PreK to 3

Find out about the amazing changes that animals and trees undergo every fall.

Leaves Fall Down: Learning about Autumn Leaves
ISBN 978-1404860131

Busy Animals: Learning about Animals in Autumn
ISBN 978-1404860148

  Leaves Fall Down
What’s the Difference? Series
Picture Window Books, 2010
grades K to 3

Young readers can learn the differences between two animals that share common traits but also have unique distinctions.

What’s the Difference Between
an Alligator and a Crocodile?

ISBN 978-1-4048-5547-2

What’s the Difference Between
a Leopard and a Cheetah?

ISBN 978-1-4048-5548-9

  What's the Difference Between a Cheetah and a Leopard?
Lightning Bolt Books—Famous Places
Lerner Publishing, 2010
grades K to 2

Each title explores a high-interest topic through simple text and reinforcing photographs.

The Empire State Building
hardcover ISBN 978-0-8225-9404-8
paperback ISBN 978-0-7613-5009-5

The Erie Canal
hardcover ISBN 978-0-8225-9405-5
paperback ISBN 978-0-7613-5010-1

The Everglades
hardcover ISBN 978-0-7613-4453-7
paperback ISBN 978-0-7613-5569-4

The Gateway Arch
hardcover ISBN 978-0-8225-9406-2
paperback ISBN 978-0-7613-5011-8

The Redwood Forests
hardcover ISBN 978-0-7613-4452-0
paperback ISBN 978-0-7613-5581-6

  The Empire State Building
Friends Forever Girls series
illustrated by John Carrozza
Inspire U
ages 7 to 10

Nika Needs Your Vote
ISBN 978-0-9792361-4-3

Election Day is coming soon, and Nika the bookworm is about to find out if she really has a chance to become class president. But no matter how the vote turns out, Nika knows she can count on the support of the Friends Forever Girls. Or can she? Suddenly it seems like Nika is facing friendship trouble everywhere she turns.

Kristina Takes the Stage
ISBN 978-0-9792361-2-9

Being in a play is one of the best things about Kristina's new school. Even better are the new friends she’s made, the Friends Forever Girls. But Kristina does have one big problem. One of the special hats for the play is missing, and Kristina knows it could be her fault! Follow along as Kristina discovers that the mystery of the missing hat is hiding a much bigger secret: a secret that teaches her what it truly means to be a “friend forever.”

  Nika Needs Your Vote
Ace Your Oral or Multimedia Presentation
Enslow Publishers, 2009
grades 3 to 4, ISBN 978-0-7660-3391-7

Young readers can learn how to create and present an oral or multimedia presentation.

  Ace Your Oral Presentation
Crocheting for Fun!
Compass Point Books, 2009
grades 3 to 5, ISBN 978-0-7565-3861-3

Full-color photos and an informative text help young readers learn how to crochet.

  Crocheting for Fun!
Pull Ahead Books – Forces of Nature
Lerner Publishing, 2009
grades K-3

Each title explores a high-interest, action-packed topic through simple text and reinforcing photographs.

hardcover ISBN 978-0-8225-8827-6
paperback ISBN 978-1-58013-866-6

hardcover ISBN 978-0-8225-8828-3
paperback ISBN 978-1-58013-867-3

hardcover ISBN 978-0-8225-8829-0
paperback ISBN 978-1-58013-871-0

Fast Cars Series
Capstone Press, 2008
grades 1 to 4

Learn all about some of the world’s most head-turning, high-performance cars.

Chevrolet Corvette
ISBN 978-1-4296-0098-9

ISBN 978-1-4296-0099-6

Ford Mustang
ISBN 978-1-4296-0100-9

ISBN 978-1-4296-0104-7

  Chevrolet Corvettes
You Can Write a Story!
A Story-Writing Recipe for Kids

illus. by Deborah Haley Melmon
Two-Can Publishing, 2007
grades 1 to 4, ISBN978-1-58728-587-5

This easy-to-follow story-writing recipe will take young writers step-by-step through the creative process. They will learn how to mix ingredients like characters, settings and action. They will stir them up to create conflict. They will cook up a beginning, a middle, and an ending to a story. Finally, they can follow the book’s advice on how to treat their family and friends to a feast of the imagination. It's a recipe they can use again and again!

Classroom activities are available for this title.

  You Can Write a Story
Pull-Ahead Series—Mighty Movers
Lerner Publishing
Grades K-3

Each title explores a high-interest, action-packed topic through simple text and reinforcing photographs.

Cranes (2007)
hardcover ISBN 978-0-8225-6007-4
paperback ISBN 978-0-8225-5895-8

Hovercraft (2007)
hardcover ISBN 978-0-8225-6421-8
paperback ISBN 978-0-8225-6427-0

Lowriders (2007)
hardcover ISBN 978-0-8225-6379-2
paperback ISBN 978-0-8225-6423-2

Powerboats (2004)
hardcover ISBN 978-0-8225-0744-4
paperback ISBN 978-0-8225-9921-0

Stock Cars (2004)
hardcover ISBN 978-0-8225-0694-2
paperback ISBN 978-0-8225-9922-7

Supercross Motorcycles (2007)
hardcover ISBN 978-0-8225-6010-4
paperback ISBN 978-0-8225-5898-9

Animal Opposites Series
Capstone Press, 2006
Grades PreK-2

Each title illuminates the concept of opposites through fun facts about twelve pairs of animals, accompanied by stunning color photographs.

Big and Small: An Animal Opposites Book
ISBN 978-0-7368-4273-0

Fast and Slow: An Animal Opposites Book
ISBN 978-0-7368-4274-7

Long and Short: An Animal Opposites Book
ISBN 978-0-7368-4275-4

Loud and Quiet: An Animal Opposites Book
ISBN 978-0-7368-4276-1

Smooth and Rough: An Animal Opposites Book
ISBN 978-0-7368-4277-8

Wet and Dry: An Animal Opposites Book
ISBN 978-0-7368-4278-5

Learning magazine: Teachers’ Choice Award for the series

  Big and Small
Eat Your Colors Series
Capstone Press, 2006
Grades PreK-2

To reinforce the concept of different colors, each title highlights a single color using eye-catching photographs and simple nutritional information. A child-friendly recipe completes each book.

Brown Food Fun
ISBN 978-0-7368-5380-4

Green Food Fun
ISBN 978-0-7368-5381-1

Orange Food Fun
ISBN 978-0-7368-5382-8

Red Food Fun
ISBN 978-0-7368-5383-5

White Food Fun
ISBN 978-0-7368-5384-2

Yellow Food Fun
ISBN 978-0-7368-5385-9

  Red Food Fun
All About Me Series
Picture Window Books, 2003
Grades PreK-1

Simple stories illuminate basic concepts such as “time” and “families” to give young readers a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Marvelous Me
hardcover ISBN 978-1-4048-0042-7
paperback ISBN 978-1-4048-0157-8

My Body
hardcover ISBN 978-1-4048-0043-4

My Day
hardcover ISBN 978-1-4048-0045-8
paperback ISBN 978-1-4048-0159-2

My Family
hardcover ISBN 978-1-4048-0044-1
paperback ISBN 978-1-4048-0160-8

My Home
hardcover ISBN 978-1-4048-0046-5
paperback ISBN 978-1-4048-0161-5

My Neighborhood
hardcover ISBN 978-1-4048-0047-2
paperback ISBN 978-1-4048-0162-2

  Marvelous Me
Trick-or-Treat on Milton Street
illus. by Joni Oeltjenbruns
Carolrhoda Books, 2001 (paperback, 2004)
Ages 4-8, ISBN 978-1-57505-793-4

Charley is sure that Halloween will be ruined: he’s in a new neighborhood with nothing but old people, his mom is sick, and his new stepdad is a goofball! But Milton Street has more than one holiday surprise in store.

International Reading Association/Children's Book Council, Children's Choice Award; Storytelling World Awards, Honor Title; National Parenting Publications Children's Resources Silver Award

  Trick-or-Treat on Milton Street
Not Enough Beds!
illus. by Joni Oeltjenbruns
Carolrhoda Books, 1999 (paperback, 2004)
Ages 4-8, ISBN 978-1-57505-797-2

When all the relatives show up for Christmas Eve, there aren’t enough beds for everyone. Follow along with Zachary as he works his way alphabetically through his zany family members and the hilarious places they end up spending the night.

  Not EnoughBeds!

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