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Laurel Snyder loves words. Big words. Little words. Old words. New words. Totally-made-up words. As a poet and a children's book author she combines her love of language and a wry sense of humor to create books that defy traditional genre.

Spend some time with Laurel and you'll quickly see that although she knows how to be a grownup, she would rather enjoy the impulsive, simple joys that come with being a child. It is that true sense of self that helps her understand - and connect - with her audiences.

Laurel is a member of the class of 2K8. Her debut middle-grade novel Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains was recognized as a Smithsonian Notable Book (2008), and was nominated for a Cybils (2008). Her newest book Any Which Wall (May 2009) has already been listed as a Junior Library Guild Selection!

Laurel is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Michener-Engle Fellow. Her work has been published in the Utne Reader, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Revealer, Salon, The Iowa Review, American Letters and Commentary, and elsewhere. She is an occasional commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, but most of all, she is a mom.

Laurel lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two sons. Keep up to date with Laurel by following her blog.

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