• 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 the Aladdin imprint of Simon & Schuster. I THOUGHT THIS WAS A BEAR BOOK is due in August 2015 from Aladdin with LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD to follow in October from Random House Children’s. NORMAL NORMAN will release in March 2016 followed by WAY PAST BEDTIME in the fall. Then in 2017, get ready for 7 ATE 9! 

    Tara is the founder of Picture Book Idea Month, or PiBoIdMo, the picture book writer’s alternative to NaNoWriMo. More than 1,300 writers participated in PiBoIdMo 2014. 

    Tara is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters and 2,479 stuffed animals. Discover original stories, book reviews and giveaways at TaraLazar.com.


  • I love children’s books. My goal is to create books that children love.

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