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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carol Lerner  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1927 Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Lerner lived in Chicago her entire life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carol Lerner is an author and illustrator. Her interest in the study of nature began when she noticed the intense interest her children had in the plants and animals around them. She began her study with courses in botany and ornithology at the Morton Arboretum and eventually studied botanical drawing for three years. Her first book illustrations were for other authors, but she quickly moved to writing her own books.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''On the Forest Edge''''' *Special Artistic Merit Award, Friends of American Writers '''''Tree Flowers''''' *Notable Book, ALA '''''Seasons of the Tallgrass Prairie''''' *Notable Book, ALA '''''A Biblical Garden''''' *Notable Book, ALA '''''Pitcher Plants''''' *Notable Book, ALA '''''A Forest Year''''' *Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, NSTA/CBC '''''Moonseed and Mistletoe''''' *Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, NSTA/CBC '''''Plant Families''''' *Honor Book, New York Academy of Sciences '''''Dumb Cane and Daffodils''''' *Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, NSTA/CBC '''''Cactus''''' *Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, NSTA/CBC '''Other Awards''' *Carl Sandburg Award *Children`s Reading Round Table Annual Award, 1994