About Laura McGee Kvasnosky
About Laura McGee Kvasnosky - Author/Illustrator
Creating children's books is my dream job. The experiences I value most – nurturing a family, reading, writing, design, painting – all meet in this one enterprise. There are newspaper writers on both branches of my family tree. Perhaps we have a genetic urge to organize a story as a way to understand life. Being part of my family also affects what I choose to write about. I'm the middle of five kids. In many ways it was like growing up in a summer camp. My mother even put name tags in our underwear.

The Author
My husband and I have two children, now grown, who are also the source of many stories. I have a degree in journalism and have studied art and design at the university level. I began my work career at 8, sharpening pencils for my editor-father. Over the years I contributed in the advertising and editorial departments of his newspaper, too. When my children were small, I manufactured about 10,000 bakers clay Christmas ornaments in my kitchen. I started my own graphic design firm in 1980. When I turned 40, I decided to go for a lifelong dream of publishing a children's book. Now, 17 years later, I'm 15 books into that dream, with several more in the works.

I am a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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