Laurence Pringle

Children's Books and School Author Visits

Laurence Pringle

Click on a title below, and read the story behind the book!

"Another winner in a long series of engaging, informative invitations to explore the natural world." --Kirkus Reviews Starred Review
"Beginning on a snowy afternoon in February and ending in early autumn, this book centers on a fox named Vixen as she explores her habitat, hunts, runs from danger, and starts a family. This intimate and personal view into Vixen's life is chronicled through a beautifully cohesive relationship between text and illustration...A rich reading experience awaits those who pick up this title..."--School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
A "picture-book equivalent of watching a nature documentary."--School Library Journal
"Budding arachnologists will find this an enlightening introduction."--Kirkus programs about writing in schools
"A coolly fascinating, nostalgic glimpse into life as it was over a century ago." --Kirkus Reviews
"A must-have addition to science collections." --Booklist
"intelligent..eye-catching..readable lodestone for researchers." Starred review, School Library Journal
Paperback--the most unusual dinosaur book ever published!
The most comprehensive children's book about these amazing insects! "Smoothly written, beautifully illustrated"--School Library Journal author meets students in elementary schools
"An amazing nonfiction children's book"--Midwest Book Review
"A especial treat for young dragon lovers." --Midwest Book Review
"Words and stirring pictures focus on the role of the powerful black man on the thrilling journey...he is hailed as a national hero." -- Booklist author visits in schools
"Pringle's succinct text provides an engaging overview of penguin life...even penguin fans will find something new." -- Booklist
"Even readers fearful of snakes may find the subject a little less strange, a little more wonderful." -- Booklist
"Presented with respect for the subject and for the audience, this is one of the best of the many bat books, especially for a somewhat younger audience." --Booklist programs about writing for kids in schools
"The lucid text and elegant illustrations march in perfect step, creating an attractive fusing of art and information." --School Library Journal
"An exemplary nature-study book--accurate, explicit, and satisfyingly complete." School Library Journal
"Full of adventure and excitement, this book contains a wonderful mix of intriguing stories and historical facts."
--Childhood Education
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"A poetic text...A wonderful choice to share with children before a summer vacation or to use as an introduction to an ecology unit." --School Library Journal
"A superb, well-researched book that finds extraordinary science in the everyday life of a butterfly."
--Kirkus Reviews
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Picture Book Fiction
"A likable book that's sure to start kids romping, and maybe their parents, too."--Kirkus


Spectacular art by Meryl Henderson!
Just published! And School Library Journal calls it "superb."

Off to a flying start, with 2 STARRED reviews in September 2018!

And, one of the top ten 2018 science-tech books for youth, says Booklist!

Please explore my website. Here you can learn about my books, school author visits, and even how to become a better writer! (Oh, and you might want to check out my BLOG, and also go to​laurencepringle, author)

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If you asked me--in elementary school, high school, or even after college--"Will you ever write a book?"--my answer would have been a loud "NO!"

When I was a kid, growing up in farm country, I had two strong interests: reading, and having adventures in nature. I loved to explore outdoors, roaming woods and fields, investigating ponds. I never dreamed that a person could have a career that called for lots of reading, and learning about wild animals. I've been lucky, working hard but also having fun, creating a career writing children's nonfiction books. This year my 116th and 117th books were published.

Each book has helped me learn a lot about research and writing. That's why I love visiting schools. As a visiting author my motto is: "celebrating nature, inspiring good writing." Both my school programs and my many animal and nature books cover a wide range of grades. My excitement about nature, science, biography, and history--and the writing process--shines through in a variety of school programs.

As a reader, I've always been curious about the lives of writers. How do they work? Why did they choose to write about a certain subject? On this website you can learn "the story behind" many of my books. Click on a book title and discover where ideas come from, my personal adventures, research, and working with artists and science experts. author visits elementary schools

Funny things can happen when a writer works, and visits schools. Some of them are scattered through different parts of my website. Watch for A FUNNY THING HAPPENED...

Long ago, my 6th book was published: Cockroaches: Here, There, and Everywhere. For most people, cockroaches are repulsive, disgusting creatures, but also highly successful and--to me and others--fascinating insects. I gave a copy of this book to a young mother, and she read it to her 5-year-old son. She told me that, at the book's end, her son excitedly asked, "Can we get a cockroach?!"
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I hope you enjoy exploring here, and have fun learning about my books, school visits, writing life, and more!

Type "nonfiction minute" into Google, and you will land on a site that is loved by growing numbers of teachers, librarians, and students. A group of more than 30 authors of nonfiction books for children have written "minutes" (more like 2 minutes plus) about a diversity of fascinating topics. Many fit very nicely with seasonal events or school curricula. Each selection (170 for the school year) is accompanied by an audio of the author reading the text of about 400 words. Most also include photos or brief videos that enrich the experience. The Nonfiction Minute is a kid-friendly way to expose students to nonfiction text. And it is FREE.

Six of these Nonfiction Minutes are mine. The first to be posted was "Tiny Frogs Are Big News", then "Did the Hero Dog Survive?," "In Your Great Grandmother's Kitchen"--about ice and ice boxes, "Taz in Big Trouble," "Here Come the Cicadas!," "Watch a Web Master at Work," and "How Skunks Play Fair." You might enjoy these, and others!

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A busy writer needs help! Here's part of my staff, in their cubicles: Sabrina (chief of staff) and Sophie.

Interns, eager to learn: Cinnabon (bottom) and Turtle, who was given that name, naturally, because he is very speedy.

Click on the titles to the left to read stories and details about the creation of each book

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