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LAUREL SNYDER is the author of Any Which Wall, Up and Down the Scratchy MountainsBaxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher, and Inside the Slidy Diner. In addition to her books for children, Laurel has written two books of poems and edited an anthology of nonfiction called Half/Life: Jew-ish tales from Interfaith Homes. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an occasional commentator for NPR's All Things Considered. Laurel lives in Decatur, Georgia.


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Five Children and It
Written by E. Nesbit
Illustrated by H. R. Millar
Introduction by Laurel Snyder
eBook

What would you do if you could wish for anything in the world? In E. Nesbit’s classic middle-grade tale of adventure and mayhem, five children discover a Psammead, a grumpy magical creature with the ability to grant wishes. At first, their newfound power seems exciting and full of promise, but soon... Read More
 





Any Which Wall
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Trade Paperback

Four kids, a mysterious wall, and a good helping of common magic!

If you had a magic wall that could take you to any place and any time, where would you go? Would you want to visit castles and desert islands? Would you want to meet famous wizards, terrible pirates, beautiful queens... Read More
 





Any Which Wall
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Hardcover

Four kids, a mysterious wall, and a good helping of common magic!

If you had a magic wall that could take you to any place and any time, where would you go? Would you want to visit castles and desert islands? Would you want to meet famous wizards, terrible pirates, beautiful queens... Read More
 





Any Which Wall
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
eBook

Four kids, a mysterious wall, and a good helping of common magic!

If you had a magic wall that could take you to any place and any time, where would you go? Would you want to visit castles and desert islands? Would you want to meet famous wizards, terrible pirates, beautiful queens... Read More
 





Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by David Goldin
Hardcover

While waiting for the bus, a man tells Baxter the pig about the joys of Shabbat dinner. But before Baxter can find out how he, too, can join in the fun, the man has boarded the bus. Soon after, Baxter learns that he certainly cannot be a part of Shabbat dinner... Read More
 





Bigger than a Bread Box
Written by Laurel Snyder
Trade Paperback

A magical breadbox that delivers whatever you wish for—as long as it fits inside? It's too good to be true! Twelve-year-old Rebecca is struggling with her parents' separation, as well as a sudden move to her gran's house in another state. For a while,  the magic bread box, discovered in the... Read More
 





Bigger than a Bread Box
Written by Laurel Snyder
eBook

A magical breadbox that delivers whatever you wish for—as long as it fits inside? It's too good to be true! Twelve-year-old Rebecca is struggling with her parents' separation, as well as a sudden move to her Gran's house in another state. For a while, the magic bread box, discovered in the... Read More
 





Bigger than a Bread Box
Written by Laurel Snyder
Hardcover Library Binding

A magical breadbox that delivers whatever you wish for—as long as it fits inside? It's too good to be true! Twelve-year-old Rebecca is struggling with her parents' separation, as well as a sudden move to her Gran's house in another state. For a while, the magic bread box, discovered in the... Read More
 





Good night, laila tov
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Jui Ishida
Hardcover

A family trip turns into an adventure of discovery for a curious and carefree sister and brother. While the two explore the natural wonders of the seashore, woods, and fields, their parents plant trees as an offering of thanks for all they have received. In Jewish tradition, this is called tikkun... Read More
 





Good night, laila tov
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Jui Ishida
eBook

A family trip turns into an adventure of discovery for a curious and carefree sister and brother. While the two explore the natural wonders of the seashore, woods, and fields, their parents plant trees as an offering of thanks for all they have received. In Jewish tradition, this is called tikkun... Read More
 





Good night, laila tov
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Jui Ishida
Hardcover Library Binding

A family trip turns into an adventure of discovery for a curious and carefree sister and brother. While the two explore the natural wonders of the seashore, woods, and fields, their parents plant trees as an offering of thanks for all they have received. In Jewish tradition, this is called tikkun... Read More
 





The Longest Night
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Catia Chien
Hardcover

Here's a picture book for all Jewish families to read while celebrating Passover. Unlike other Passover picture books that focus on the contemporary celebration of the holiday, or are children's haggadahs, this gorgeous picture book in verse follows the actual story of the Exodus. Told through the eyes of a young... Read More
 





The Longest Night
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Catia Chien
eBook

Here's a picture book for all Jewish families to read while celebrating Passover. Unlike other Passover picture books that focus on the contemporary celebration of the holiday, or are children's haggadahs, this gorgeous picture book in verse follows the actual story of the Exodus. Told through the eyes of a young... Read More
 





The Longest Night
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Catia Chien
Hardcover Library Binding

Here's a picture book for all Jewish families to read while celebrating Passover. Unlike other Passover picture books that focus on the contemporary celebration of the holiday, or are children's haggadahs, this gorgeous picture book in verse follows the actual story of the Exodus. Told through the eyes of a young... Read More
 





Penny Dreadful
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Abigail Halpin
Trade Paperback

From the author of Any Which Wall, comes another story of magic and how it can change you. In Penny Dreadful the magic is small, but the transformation is big. Penelope Grey is a lonely, wealthy child in a nothern big city who, by a  twist of fate, becomes Penny: a... Read More
 





Penny Dreadful
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Abigail Halpin
Hardcover

The perfect book for girls and boys who look to find adventure and magic in surprising places!

What if you were really bored with your life? What would you wish for?

Penelope Grey wishes for something—anything!—interesting to happen, and here’s what she gets:

• Her father quits his job.
• Her family runs out... Read More
 





Penny Dreadful
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Abigail Halpin
eBook

The perfect book for girls and boys who look to find adventure and magic in surprising places!

What if you were really bored with your life? What would you wish for?

Penelope Grey wishes for something—anything!—interesting to happen, and here’s what she gets:

• Her father quits his job.
• Her family runs out... Read More
 





Penny Dreadful
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Abigail Halpin
Hardcover Library Binding

The perfect book for girls and boys who look to find adventure and magic in surprising places!

What if you were really bored with your life? What would you wish for?

Penelope Grey wishes for something—anything!—interesting to happen, and here’s what she gets:

• Her father quits his job.
• Her family runs out... Read More
 





Seven Stories Up
Written by Laurel Snyder
Trade Paperback

In this companion to Laurel Snyder’s Bigger than a Bread Box, a leap back in time and an unlikely friendship change the future of one family forever.
 
Annie wants to meet her grandmother.
Molly wishes she had a friend.
A little magic brings them together in an almost-impossible friendship.
 
... Read More
 





Seven Stories Up
Written by Laurel Snyder
Hardcover

In this companion to Laurel Snyder’s Bigger than a Bread Box, a leap back in time and an unlikely friendship change the future of one family forever.
 
Annie wants to meet her grandmother.
Molly wishes she had a friend.
A little magic brings them together in an almost-impossible friendship.
 
... Read More
 





Seven Stories Up
Written by Laurel Snyder
eBook

In this companion to Laurel Snyder’s Bigger than a Bread Box, a leap back in time and an unlikely friendship change the future of one family forever.
 
Annie wants to meet her grandmother.
Molly wishes she had a friend.
A little magic brings them together in an almost-impossible friendship.
 
... Read More
 





Seven Stories Up
Written by Laurel Snyder
Hardcover Library Binding

In this companion to Laurel Snyder’s Bigger than a Bread Box, a leap back in time and an unlikely friendship change the future of one family forever.
 
Annie wants to meet her grandmother.
Molly wishes she had a friend.
A little magic brings them together in an almost-impossible friendship.
 
... Read More
 





Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Greg Call
eBook

THIS IS THE tale of Lucy and her best friend, Wynston. Until recently, they spent their days paddling in the river, picking blackberries, and teasing each other mercilessly. But now, King Desmond has insisted that Wynston devote every spare second to ruby-shining and princess-finding. Lucy feels left out. So she sets... Read More
 





Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains
Written by Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Greg Call
Trade Paperback

THIS IS THE tale of Lucy and her best friend, Wynston. Until recently, they spent their days paddling in the river, picking blackberries, and teasing each other mercilessly. But now, King Desmond has insisted that Wynston devote every spare second to ruby-shining and princess-finding. Lucy feels left out. So she sets... Read More
 

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