Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Laura Vaccaro Seeger is an Emmy Award-winning artist and animator. She has created dozens of show openings for network television and has made many children’s videos. She is now dedicated to her first love, writing and illustrating children’s books. Roaring Brook Press publishes her extraordinary children’s books, The Hidden Alphabet (Roaring Brook Press), Lemons are Not Red (Francis Lincoln), Walter Was Worried (Roaring Brook Press), Black? White! Day? Night!: A Book of Opposites (Roaring Brook Press), Dog and Bear (Roaring Brook Press), and First The Egg (Roaring Brook Press), a Caldecott Honor Book and recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor. Her highly-anticipated sequel, Dog and Bear: Two’s Company, and her new, innovative counting book, One Boy, were published by Roaring Brook Press.

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The Hidden Alphabet

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

* 2004 ALA Notable Book
* Child Magazine Best Book, 2003
* Kirkus Choices 2004
* CCBC Choices 2004
* Today Show Best Books for Gift Giving 2003
* New York Public Library Best Books for Giving and Sharing 2003

Here is a fresh and imaginative way to look at the alphabet. Turn to the first page of the book and you'll be greeted by a picture of an arrowhead, surrounded by a simple black frame. Once you lift the frame you'll find the arrowhead is magically transformed into the letter A. And so it goes, from Balloons, Cloud, and Door through Leaf and Mice to Yolk and Zipper. Bold distinctive images and a simple yet ingenious format make this an alphabet book to treasure.

Published in Young Adult/Children's

Lemons Are Not Red

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

* Sesame Street Magazine’s Best Book of the Year
* 2005 ALA Notable Book
* Child Magazine’s Best Book of the Year
* New York Public Library Best Books of 2004

Lemons are not Red. Apples are red. Lemons are yellow. . . .

Clever cutouts in the pages make a simple, original and utterly beguiling introduction to color.

Laura Vaccaro Seeger, whose The Hidden Alphabet dazzled critics and readers alike, introduces young children to color in this unique concept book with die cuts. The opening spread features a big, bright red lemon and the simple text, "Lemons are not RED." When the spread is turned an equally bright yellow lemon appears ("Lemons are YELLOW") across from a luscious red apple ("Apples are RED").

And so it goes, from carrots that are not purple through reindeer that are not white, et al. The book ends with "The moon is not BLACK / The moon is SILVER / The night is BLACK / Good night! And the reader sees a tranquil night landscape and a house with the lights turned out.

Published in Young Adult/Children's

Walter Was Worried

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

* 2006 ALA Notable Book
* Child Magazine Best Book, 2005
* IRA Children's Choice Best Book, 2006

With the originality and verve that marked The Hidden Alphabet and Lemons Are Not Red, Laura Vaccaro Seeger once again creates a distinctive concept book for young children and their parents. On the first page, the reader is greeted by the title sequence. Opposite the text is a portrait of a very worried Walter… but wait! The very letters that spell worried form his facial features, as well as his expression! Gradually a simple story unfolds as other characters are introduced, and the sky grows dark, the fog rolls in, lightning strikes and thunder shakes the trees; Priscilla was puzzled, Shirley was shocked, Frederick was frightened - and eventually (when the sun came out) Henry was hopeful and Elliot ecstatic.

Published in Young Adult/Children's

Black? White! Day? Night! A Book of Opposites

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger


* 2007 ALA Notable Book
* Child Magazine Best Book, 2006
* Nick Jr./Family Magazine Best Book, 2006
* Booklist Editor's Choice, 2007
* Kirkus Best Book, 2006

Having explored the alphabet (The Hidden Alphabet), colors (Lemons Are Not Red) and emotions (Walter Was Worried), Laura Vaccaro Seeger turns her extraordinary talents to opposites in this bright, colorful and imaginative book. Through a series of ingenious die-cut pages, the reader discovers things that are the opposite of what they seem: A black bat transformed into a white ghost, a sunny day that becomes a starry night. Posed as a series of 18 questions and answers, Black? White! Day? Night! is sure to be a big success with small children everywhere.

Published in Young Adult/Children's

First the Egg

Written and Illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

* Caldecott Honor Book
* Recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor
* 2007 New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year and Bestseller
* Starred review Kirkus Reviews
* Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2007
* Oppenheim Platinum Award, 2008
* 2008 ALA Notable Book

Which came first? The chicken or the egg? Die-cuts enhance clever metamorphoses from seed to flower, tadpole to frog, and caterpillar to butterfly. Acclaimed author Laura Vaccaro Seeger offers a fresh presentation to creativity and transformation, making the commonplace extraordinary as one turns the pages of this appealing book.

Published in Young Adult/Children's

Dog and Bear

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

* 2007 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature
* Named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Picture Books of the Year, 2007
* Kirkus Best Book, 2007
* New York Public Library Best Book, 2007
* 2008 ALA Notable Book

What do a frisky dachshund and a slightly timid stuffed bear have in common? They're best friends. Award-winning author Laura Vaccaro Seeger shares three funny, beguiling and meltingly tender stories about the ups and downs of friendship, ideal for emergent readers to read all by themselves, or better yet, to share with a friend.

Published in Young Adult/Children's

Dog and Bear: Two's Company

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Dog and Bear are back in three more fresh and funny stories that will delight their growing legion of fans: Ice Cream, Happy Birthday Bear! and Sweet Dreams. These uplifting stories of friendship, selflessness and patience are accompanied by the heartwarming illustrations that readers fell in love with in Dog and Bear. Readers are sure to agree that the only thing better than one book about this winsome duo is two!

Published in Young Adult/Children's

One Boy

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

* 2009 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
* 2009 ALA Notable Book
* Booklist Editor's Choice, 2008
* Publisher's Weekly Best Book, 2008
* New York Public Library Best Book, 2008

This innovative counting book about a lonely boy introduces the concept of words within words using die-cuts and endearing imagery. Laura Vaccaro Seeger further demonstrates her ability to chart unknown territory in her mesmerizing concept books for children.



Published in Young Adult/Children's