Laurel Snyder Faculty Profile

Laurel Snyder

Graduate Adjunct - CLA

Laurel Snyder is the author of eight middle-grade novels for children, the Charlie and Mouse series, and numerous picture books, including her most recent, Endlessly Ever After. Her awards include a Geisel Medal, Sydney Taylor Medal, National Book Award Nomination, Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction, Golden Kite Honor, National Jewish Book Award Finalist, and several state awards. Her many selections and “Best” lists include Junior Library Guild, The New York Times Best Books, ILA Children’s Choice, Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books, ABA’s Best Books for Young Readers, Amazon Best Book of the Month, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, PJ Library, ABC’s Best Books, Indie Next Pick, Smithsonian Notable, Georgia Center for the Book. In addition to her books for children, Laurel has published two collections of poetry and edited an anthology of nonfiction, Half/Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes . A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Michener-Engle Fellow, Laurel has published work in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The Horn Book, Utne Reader, The Chicago Sun-Times, Salon, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. 



The Myth of the Simple Machines
No Tell Books, 2007

Half/Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes, editor
Soft Skull Press, 2006

Daphne and Jim: A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Biography in Verse
Burnside Review Press, 2005

Early reader

Charlie and Mouse Are Magic (illustrated by Emily Hughes)
Chronicle Books, 2022 
Charlie and Mouse: Lost and Found (illustrated by Emily Hughes)
Chronicle Books, 2021
Charlie and Mouse: Outdoors (illustrated by Emily Hughes)
Chronicle Books, 2020 
Charlie and Mouse: Even Better (illustrated by Emily Hughes)
Chronicle Books, 2019
Charlie and Mouse and Grumpy (illustrated by Emily Hughes)
Chronicle Books, 2017

Middle grade

The Witch of Woodland
Walden Pond Press, 2023

My Jasper June  
Walden Pond Press, 2019
Hungry Jim 
Chronicle Books, 2019 

The King of Too Many Things
Rodale Kids, 2017
Orphan Island
HarperCollins / Walden Pond Press, 2017
Seven Stories Up
Random House, 2014
Bigger Than a Bread Box
Random House, 2011
Penny Dreadful (illustrated by Abigail Halpin)
Random House, 2010
Any Which Wall (illustrated by LeUyen Pham)
Random House, 2009
Up and Down the Scratchy Mountain (illustrated by Greg Call)
Random House, 2008

Picture book

Bruce Springsteen (nonfiction)
Little Golden Books, 2023

Endlessly Ever After (illustrated by Dan Santat)
Chronicle Books, 2022
Hungry Jim (illustrated by Chuck Groenink)
Chronicle Books, 2019
The Forever Garden (illustrated by Samantha Cotterill)
Schwartz & Wade, 2017 

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova (nonfiction, illustrated by Julie Morstad)
Chronicle Books, 2015
The Longest Night: A Passover Story (illustrated by Catia Chien)
Schwartz & Wade, 2013

Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to be Kosher (illustrated by David Goldin)
Tricycle Press, 2010
Inside the Slidy Diner (illustrated by Jaime Zollars)
Tricycle Press, 2008