janet lawler










WELCOMEjanet lawler

I am a children’s author. I love to write books and poems for children. Most visitors to my website are book-loving kids, parents, or teachers. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your visit! And keep reading!


SANTA’S TREE pops out for the holidays (Jumping Jack Press, 2015) as woodland animals decorate their tree and surprise Santa with a personalized greeting!

The countdown is starting to the Olympics 2016, and dinosaur lovers will join in the march when T. rex lights the torch in volcanic flames to start THE PREHISTORIC GAMES (Pelican Publishing Company, 2016).

Silly Haunted House (Jumping Jack Press, 2015) completes my “Silly” trilogy of not-so-spooky
pop-up Halloween books.

Recently released Rain Forest Colors has received a starred Kirkus review! Fabulous photos taken by National Geographic photographer Tim Laman inspired my colorful text.

I have been researching the relationship between text and art in picture books under a Billie M. Levy grant at the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection at the University of Connecticut. Check out my blog post about how illustrations add “layers” to a story.

Love Is Real published with HarperCollins in early 2014; whimsical animal illustrations by
Anna Brown
perfectly complement my words. Publishers Weekly says, “In impeccably rhymed couplets, Lawler (Snowzilla) makes the case that love is all about actions in a story that feels simultaneously old-fashioned and of-the-moment…”

If Kisses Were Colors is now available in hardcover, board, and a cute (“mailable”) Little Letters edition. Spanish edition rights have been renewed.

Ocean Counting has been named a 2014 Outstanding Science Trade Book by the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association)! Teachers, librarians, and parents may want to peek at my Ocean Counting curriculum guide that includes Common Cores standards references.


If you are interested in knowing more about my school visits or other speaking engagements, click on Presentations.


To see my current schedule of appearances, click on Upcoming Events.

  • Pelican Publishing, 2016 Pelican Publishing, 2016
  • Jumping Jack Press, 2015 (view pop-ups) Jumping Jack Press, 2015 (view pop-ups)
  • Jumping Jack Press, 2015 (view pop-ups) Jumping Jack Press, 2015 (view pop-ups)
  • HarperCollins, 2014 HarperCollins, 2014
  • Sterling, 2006, board ed., 2008 Sterling, 2006, board ed., 2008
  • National Geographic, 2013 National Geographic, 2013
  • Jumping Jack Press, 2013 (view pop-ups) Jumping Jack Press, 2013 (view pop-ups)
  • Dial, 2010 Dial, 2010
  • Sterling, 2010 Sterling, 2010
  • Jumping Jack Press, 2011 (view pop-ups) Jumping Jack Press, 2011 (view pop-ups)
  • Two Lions Press, 2012 Two Lions Press, 2012
  • Little Simon, 2006 Little Simon, 2006
  • HarperCollins, 2009 HarperCollins, 2009
  • Dial, 2003 Dial, 2003
  • National Geographic, 2014 National Geographic, 2014