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Speaker Profile - Lee Wardlaw


Region: California: Central/Coastal
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in my country
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
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Lee Wardlaw claims her first spoken word was 'kitty'. Since then, she's shared her life with 30 cats (not all at the same time!) and published 30 award-winning books for children and young adults which have sold more than one million copies world-wide. Her books have been

Lee's books include:

Won Ton - A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
(Holt, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin)
2012 Lee Bennett Hopkins Children's Poetry Award
2012 Myra Cohn Livingston Poetry Award
2012 SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Award (CA/HI)
(partial list)

Won Ton and Chopstick - A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku
(Holt, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin)
NCTE 2016 Notable Children's Poetry Book
2015 Book Source Scout Award for Poetry
2015 ACL Distinguished Book
(Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California)

101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies
(fiction, ages 10-14, Puffin)
Forward National Literature Award for Humor
A Battle of the Books Title

Lee grew up in Santa Barbara, CA where she attended local schools. She graduated with honors from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, with a degree in education, and taught elementary and pre-school for five years before deciding to write full-time. She received her AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego, and is finishing her M.Ed.
in Montessori/Child Development.

Lee has 40+ years experience presenting lively, interactive programs, workshops, and classes for children, educators, parents, and aspiring writers. She is a long-time member of the SCBWI, serving as both a mentor and a volunteer on the Cen/Cal Advisory Board. She also belongs to the Author’s Guild, the California Reading Association, the Children’s Literature Council of Southern California and, yes, even the Cat Writers’ Association! She still lives in Santa Barbara, CA, with her family, which includes one dog-disdaining cat.

Presentation Description:
Lee Wardlaw is the author of 30 award-winning titles for young readers, ranging from picture books to teen novels. She is a vivacious speaker with 40+ years experience presenting at schools, libraries, conferences, and book stores. Lee has a genuine rapport with students of all ages, and her years as a classroom teacher have given her the expertise needed to change the complexity and style of her programs to best suit the needs of each audience. Lee also teaches classes and workshops for educators, librarians, writers, and parents. For more information about the types of on-site and online presentations Lee offers, please contact her at: