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Elizabeth Laird


UK flag (b.1943)

Elizabeth Laird, a well-respected and award-winning author of children's picture books and easy readers, is best known for her novels for young adults. Her most widely read book, Loving Ben--published in England as Red Sky in the Morning--tells about a young girl caring for her hydrocephalic baby brother. The novel was a critical success upon publication in 1989, and has continued to be a favorite in classrooms around the world. A prolific writer, Laird has paired a love of travel with a love for books in a long list of novels about Muslim countries, the Middle East, and East Africa. Her Kiss the Dust deals with the realties of a Kurdish rebellion in Iraq; Forbidden Ground is set in a nameless North African country and deals with a young girl coming to grips with moral issues; the "Wild Things" series is set in Kenya and Ethiopia and feature a core cast of characters who deal with wildlife issues in each volume.

Genres: Children's Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
 
Novels
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Picture Books
   Anna and the Fighter (1977)
   The Garden (1979)
   Big Green Star (1982)
   Blanket House (1982)
   The Doctor's Bag (1982)
   Jumper (1982)
   The Miracle Child (1985)
   Cubby Bears Go Camping (1986)
   The Cubby Bears Go On the River (1986)
   Cubby Bears Go Shopping (1986)
   Cubby Bears' Birthday Party (1986)
   The Dark Forest (1986)
   Long House in Danger (1986)
   You and Me (1986)
   Clara (1986)
   Heavy and Light (1987)
   Hot and Cold (1987)
   Light and Dark (1987)
   Wet and Dry (1987)
   The Inside Outing (1987)
   Prayers for Children (1987)
   The Road to Bethlehem (1987)
   Busy Day (1987)
   Time for Fun (1987)
   Work and Play (1987)
   Sid and Sadie (1988)
   Hymns for Children (1988)
   The Chunky Bears' Busy Day (1988)
   The Chunky Bears Go Camping (1989)
   The Chunky Bears Go on the River (1989)
   The Chunky Bears' Birthday Party (1989)
   The Chunky Bears Go Shopping (1989)
   Graces for Children (1989)
   Sugar and Candy (1989)
   The Day Patch Stood Guard (1990)
   The Day Sidney Was Lost (1990)
   The Day the Ducks Went Skating (1990)
   The Day Veronica Was Nosy (1990)
   Fireman Sam and the Missing Key (1990)
   Dead Man's River (1990)
   Simon and the Spy (1990)
   Big Drip (1991)
   The Day Sidney Ran Off (1991)
   Desert Island Ducks (1991)
   Highland Fling (1991)
   Snail's Tale (1991)
   Stinker Muggles and the Dazzle Bug (1995)
   Anita's Big Day (1996)
   A Funny Sort of Dog (1997)
   Ruff (1997)
   Gabriel's Feather (1998)
   A Book of Promises (1999)
   King of the Supermarket (1999)
   The Great Big Enormous Turnip (2000)
   The Little Red Hen (2000)
   The Christmas Gift (2002)
   Beautiful Bananas (2004)
   Jungle School (2006)
   Grobblechops (2019)
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Novellas
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Anthologies edited
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Awards
Blue Peter Book Award Book of the Year nominee (2004) : The Garbage King
Costa Children's Book Award Best Novel nominee (2007) : Crusade
Carnegie Medal Best Book nominee (2008) : Crusade
Carnegie Medal Best Book nominee (2015) : The Fastest Boy in the World