Writer & Illustrator
Lauren Stringer writes and paints in a big, pink Victorian House in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband, her son (when he has not run off with the circus), her daughter (when she is home for the holidays), and three cats.
Her first picture book, Mud, written by Mary Lyn Ray, won a Minnesota Book Award, IRA Children’s Choice Award, Crayola Kids Best Book of the Year Award and was declared a "Flying Starts" by Publisher's Weekly. Since Mud, Lauren has continued illustrating many award-winning picture books, including Scarecrow and Snow, both written by Cynthia Rylant, Fold Me A Poem, written by Kristine O’Connell George, Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story, written by Lisa Westberg Peters, The Princess and Her Panther, written by Wendy Orr, and Tell Me About Your Day Today, written by Mem Fox. Her own Winter is the Warmest Season, was a Booklist Editor’s Choice and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Her picture book When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky won the McKnight Foundation Fellowship for writing in Children’s Literature in 2012 and was a Booklist's Top Ten Art Books for 2013 as well as an ALA Notable Book. Lauren's latest illustrated picture book, Deer Dancer, written by Mary Lyn Ray, has just been published in May, 2014 to starred reviews.