Laura Crawford (1966-2013) gained inspiration for writing children’s books from her experience as a teacher. She worked as a librarian and second- and third-grade teacher in Illinois for more than eighteen years. In the classroom, she struggled to find books that accurately explained American history to elementary children in a simple and enjoyable way. While attending a master’s in reading class with longtime Pelican author Steven L. Layne, Crawford became inspired to fill the void in children’s history books.
AIn addition to teaching, Crawford served as the language arts team leader at Sleepy Hollow School in Sleepy Hollow, Illinois. She also tutored, mentored, and served on the curriculum design team. A LEAD union representative and a member of the Peacebuilder Committee, she belonged to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Illinois Reading Association, and the Illinois Reading Council.
Crawford graduated from Northern Illinois University with both a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in reading. She wrote fiction and nonfiction passages for educational testing for first through fifth grades, and she created multiple-choice and open-ended questions used in standardized testing. Crawford lived in Geneva, Illinois.
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