As an award-winning children’s book illustrator, Laurie Klein brings words to life with her stunning and realistic images. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she also works as an on-staff artist in the educational department of a local marine park, where she creates pamphlets, activity books, and murals. After launching her career at a graphic design firm, she decided to begin freelancing so she could pursue a broader range of creative work. Klein enjoys developing t-shirts, murals, and billboards for various magazines and businesses.
Klein graduated from Maryville College with a bachelor of science degree. Accolades for her illustrations include a gold medal Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Book Award and three Teacher’s Choice Awards. In 2008 she was honored with the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association’s Outstanding Pennsylvania Author/Illustrator Award, and she received the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award in 2010. Many children’s books featuring Klein’s work have also been selected for Florida’s recommended summer reading lists.
Klein enjoys working with children and exploring the beach. She lives with her husband in sunny St. Augustine, Florida.
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