Since 1986, Laurie Lawlor has written more than 37 award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. She is the 2010 recipient of the Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children presented by the Illinois Reading Council. Shadow Catcher: The Life and Work of Edward S. Curtis won the Carl Sandburg Award and the Golden Kite Honor Book Award. This Tender Place: The Story of a Wetland Year, a natural history/memoir, was selected for Outstanding Achievement by the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards Committee. Young adult historical novels published in 2006 include The Two Loves of Will Shakespeare and He Will Go Fearless. Muddy As a Duck Puddle and Other American Similes, a full-color picture book provides a humorous look at figures of speech. Her newest book, Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World (Holiday House), celebrates the life and work of environmentalist Rachel Carson, whose path-breaking Silent Spring turns fifty this year.