Street magic performer. Hog-calling champion. Award-winning ice sculptor. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been. Instead, she writes quirky, humorous picture books featuring magical places that everyone will want to visit.
Her debut THE MONSTORE released in June 2013, with I THOUGHT THIS WAS A BEAR BOOK and LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD to follow in Fall 2015. NORMAL NORMAN makes his entrance in March 2016 and you can stay up WAY PAST BEDTIME in Fall 2016. If you know the answer to "Why was 6 afraid of 7?" then you'll love her book 7 ATE 9, coming from Disney*Hyperion in 2017.
Discover original stories, book reviews and giveaways at her award-winning blog "Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)" at TaraLazar.com.
Tara was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2010. She speaks professionally about overcoming disability to achieve your goals and dreams. Tara has presented writing workshops for The Writers Circle and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conferences. She's a member of the Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature.
Tara lives in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters and 2,749 stuffed animals.
What is "normal?" That's the question an eager young scientist, narrating her very first book, hopes to answer. Unfortunately, her exceedingly "normal" subject—an orangutan named Norman—turns out to be exceptionally strange. He speaks English, sleeps in a bed, loves his stuffed toy, goes bananas over pizza, and even deep-sea dives! Oh, no: what's a "normal" scientist to do? A humorous look at the wackiness that makes us all special— and a gentle reminder that "normal" can't ever be defined!
Age Range: 4 and up / Grade Level: Preschool and up