Laura Numeroff is the New York Times bestselling author of many beloved children’s books, including the If You Give… series, which began with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (HarperCollins). Numeroff has published over 40 children’s books.
Numeroff wrote and illustrated nine children’s books before selling If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (after nine rejections), to HarperCollins in 1985. Mouse is now in its 62nd printing. Mouse and all the other books in the If You Give… series have been on The New York Times Children’s Best Sellers list. In 1998, Numeroff had 3 books on the Publisher’s Weekly top 10 children’s bestsellers list, simultaneously.
In 2000, Publisher’s Weekly listed If You Take a Mouse to the Movies as the number 2 book for children for the year (Harry Potter was number 1) and, also in 2000, If You Give a Pig a Pancake (HarperCollins) was featured on the Oprah show, was recommended by Oprah’s kids’ book club, as well as named Oprah’s favorite children’s book of the year. “Pig” was also on Publishers Weekly Bestseller List for over a year.
In addition, the series has sold over 4.5 million copies, been printed in fourteen languages, and won the prestigious Quill Award in the picture book category.
In October 2016, If You Give a Mouse a Brownie, the ninth & final book in the If You Give… series, debuted.
An avid animal lover, Numeroff with co-creator Sean Hanrahan, wrote Raising a Hero, a picture book about a young boy who raises Max, a service dog. Proceeds from Raising a Hero support Canine Companions for Independence, which trains support animals to help children, adults and veterans with disabilities, attain independence.
President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton have all read Numeroff’s books to children. First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, read Numeroff’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie at the 2010 Easter Egg Roll on the White House Lawn.
On top of visiting the White House in 2001 to celebrate Literacy Day, Numeroff has visited over 100 elementary schools and frequently speaks at conferences, literary festivals, and library programs across the country.
When she’s not writing, she boxes, (and has a ‘mean’ right hook!), practices yoga, reads to children in hospitals and is a book and movie fanatic! She asked for a pony when she was young but didn’t get her first horse until she was forty (Better late than never).
Praise for If You Give A Mouse A Cookie:
“A light confection suited for use in preschool story hours for beginning readers.”
--School Library Journal
“The rhythmic text and circular logic of the award-winning If You Give series makes this a favorite for kids and grown-ups alike.”
“When it comes to children's books, it's hard to beat Laura Numeroff’s creative and captivating tales that are both fun and educational. Numeroff follows the potential effects of one creature's chaotic demands, creating a tale filled with beguiling characters, delightful anticipation, and a fun sense of adventure.”