Carolyn Lesser

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General Information

Name: Carolyn Lesser

Pen Name: None

Born: 1939 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin



Illinois Connection

Lesser lived in Quincy.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carolyn Lesser is an author, poet, essayist, educator, explorer, fiber artist and photographer. As an author, she has published eight natural science books for children. Her research has taken her from the Arctic to the Antarctic, in the desert and wetlands.

As an artist and designer, she has been commissioned to create liturgical and secular fiber art for churches, schools, office buildings and hospitals in the United States and South America. She also creates ceramic sculptures. Her photography includes color-saturated nature and abstracts; landscapes, portraits, nautical scenes, and fine art travel photographs.

A teacher of all ages, Lesser helps others to write clearly and speak confidently. Her goal is to liberate the creative, curious, unique genius within. Lesser currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

Published Works

  • The Goodnight Circle, Harcourt, 1984
  • The Knees Knock Again, Oakwood Press, 1991
  • Flamingo Knees, Oakwood Press, 1991
  • Dig Hole, Soft Mole, Harcourt, 1996
  • Great Crystal Bear, Harcourt, 1996
  • Storm on the Desert, Harcourt, 1997
  • Spots: Counting Creatures from Sky to Sea, Harcourt, 1999 - written with
  • What a Wonderful Day to Be a Cow, Random House, 1999
  • Explorer’s Journal, CL Creative Press, 2001
  • The Doctor Bones Discoverer’s Journal, Dr. Bones Education, 2002
  • Great Polar Bear, Seagrass Press, 2018 - originally published as The Great Crystal Bear

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

The Goodnight Circle

ISBN: 0152321594
Release Date: 1991-02-21

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The Knees Knock Again

ISBN: 0963060414
Release Date: 1991-03-01

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Flamingo Knees

ISBN: 0963060406
Release Date: 1991-02-01

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Dig Hole, Soft Mole

ISBN: 0152234918
Release Date: 1996-09-01

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Great Crystal Bear

ISBN: 0152006672
Release Date: 1996-04-01

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Storm on the Desert

ISBN: 0152721983
Release Date: 1997-02-01

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Spots: Counting Creatures from Sky to Sea

ISBN: 0152006664
Release Date: 1999-03-01

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What a Wonderful Day to be a Cow (Dragonfly Books)

ISBN: 0375802126
Release Date: 1999-08-17

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Great Polar Bear

ISBN: 163322502X
Release Date: 2018-04-03

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Literary Awards

The Goodnight Circle

  • Literacy Merit Award, Friends of American Writers in Chicago
  • 50 Best Science Books for Children, National Council of Teachers of Science and the Children’s Book Council

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Carolyn Lesser on WorldCat


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