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Laura Gehl

Laura Gehl is the author of One Big Pair of Underwear (Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title, International Literacy Association Honor Book, Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choice); Hare and Tortoise Race Across Israel, And Then Another Sheep Turned Up, and Koala Challah (all PJ Library selections); the Peep and Egg series (Parents’ Choice Recommendation, Amazon Editors’ Pick, Children’s Choice Book Award Finalist); and My Pillow Keeps Moving (Junior Library Guild selection).  Laura’s most recent picture book, I Got a Chicken for my Birthday (Carolrhoda/Lerner), received a starred review from Kirkus. Upcoming releases include Delivery Bear (Albert Whitman), Except When They Don’t (Little Bee), Dibs! (Lerner), Juniper Kai: Super Spy (Two Lions); and the Baby Scientist series (HarperCollins). Laura is a former teacher who loves visiting schools, bringing elements of improvisational drama into her highly interactive, prop-filled presentations. She lives in Maryland with her husband and four children. Visit Laura online at or email her at laurameressa (at)


My Pillow Keeps MovingMy Pillow Keeps Moving
Illustrated by Chris Weyant
Viking (Penguin Random House)

A man walks into a store to buy a pillow...and walks out with a new best friend.
-A Junior Library Guild Selection
I Got a Chicken for My BirthdayI Got a Chicken for my Birthday
Illustrated by Sarah Horne
Carolrhoda (Lerner)

With her birthday coming up, Ana asks Abuela Lola for tickets to the amusement park. Instead, Abuela Lola sends a chicken. But this ingenious chicken may turn out to be the Best Present Ever!
Peep and Egg: I'm Not Using the PottyPeep and Egg: I'm Not Using the Potty
Illustrated by Joyce Wan
Farrar, Straus & Giroux (Macmillan)

Egg is not using the potty--and no amount of lemonade, running water, and toilet paper tutus can change that! Until things start to get a little uncomfortable....

Koala ChallahKoala Challah

Illustrated by Maria Mola
Kar-Ben (Lerner)

Lila wants a special job to get ready for Shabbat, just like her big sisters Rachel and Naomi. But every time Lila tries to help, she ends up making a gigantic mess. Can Lila find the perfect way to help her family?
-A PJ Library selection

Peep and Egg: I'm Not Taking a BathPeep and Egg: I'm Not Taking a Bath
Illustrated by Joyce-Wan
Farrar, Straus & Giroux (Macmillan)

Egg is covered in mud after playing with the pigs. But Egg is not taking a bath. No way, no how. Unless Peep has a trick up her feathers to change Egg's mind....
One Big Pair of UnderwearOne Big Pair of Underwear

Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster)

Add ONE big pair of underwear to TWO brown bears who hate to share, and what do you get?  A little math, and a lot of laughs!

  • Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title, 2015
  • Mathical Prize, 2015
  • International Literacy Association Honor Book, 2015
  • Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2014
  • Amazon Editors' Pick: Best Books for Ages 3-5, December 2014
  • Nevada Library Association Recommendation, 2016
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association "Picture This" Selection, 2015
And Then Another Sheep Turned UpAnd Then Another Sheep Turned Up

Illustrated by Amy Adele
Kar-Ben Publishing (Lerner)

This year, it will just be Mama, Papa, Hannah, and Noah for the Passover seder, with no extra guests.  Until Hannah hears a knock at the door...and another...and another....

  • A PJ Library selection for 2015
Hare and Tortoise Race Across IsraelHare and Tortoise Race Across Israel

Illustrated by Sarah Goodreau
Kar-Ben Publishing (Lerner)

Hare is sooo much faster than his best friend Tortoise.  And he is ready to prove it, in a race all the way from Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea.

  • A PJ Library selection for 2015
Peep and Egg: Im Not HatchingPeep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching

Illustrated by Joyce Wan
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux (Macmillan)

Egg is not ready to hatch.  No way, no how.  Can big sister Peep help Egg break out of her shell?

Peep and Egg: Im Not Trick or TreatingPeep and Egg: I'm Not Trick or Treating

Illustrated by Joyce Wan
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux (Macmillan)

It’s Halloween!  And all the animals at the farm are excited to trick-or-treat.  Except for Egg.  Egg is not trick-or-treating.  Too scary.  Unless Peep can help change Egg’s mind….


I would love to visit your school, in person or via Skype.  I can do a writing workshop with a small group of students, or an interactive, audience-participation-filled presentation to a large group, with many other options in between. Speaking fees begin at $300 for one thirty-minute presentation, with additional sessions $100 each. Contact me at laurameressa (at) for more information.

“Laura’s fun-filled presentation was phenomenal. The students were actively engaged from start to finish. They loved the games, props, and of course the giant underwear! Our school can’t wait to have her visit again!”

  • Kandy Quint, Librarian, St. Andrew's UMC Day School, Edgewater, MD


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