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Laurel Snyder

Photo: Sonya Naumann

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.


Author Bookshelf

Any Which Wall

By: Laurel Snyder
illustrated by: LeUyen Pham

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...

Penny Dreadful

By: Laurel Snyder
illustrated by: Abigail Halpin

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...

Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains

By: Laurel Snyder
illustrated by: Greg Call

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...


Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher

By: Laurel Snyder
illustrated by: David Goldin

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...

Good night, laila tov

By: Laurel Snyder
illustrated by: Jui Ishida

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...

Bigger than a Bread Box

By: Laurel Snyder

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...


Seven Stories Up

By: Laurel Snyder

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...


The Longest Night

By: Laurel Snyder
illustrated by: Catia Chien

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...