Lee Wardlaw swears that her first spoken word was 'kitty'. Since then, she's shared her life with 30 cats (not all at the same time!) and published 30 books for young readers, ranging from picture books to young adult novels.

Lee’s newest books include: Won Ton and Chopstick - A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku (ages 5 and up), the companion title to Won Ton - A Cat Tale Told in Haiku, recipient of
the Lee Bennett Hopkins Children’s Poetry Award and the Myra Cohn Livingston Children’s Poetry Award; Red, White and Boom! (ages 2-6), a Bank Street College of Education/ Children’s Book Committee Best Book of the Year and a CCBC Choices book;
and 101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies (fiction, ages 10-14), winner of the Forward National Literature Award for Humor.

Lee has a B.A. in Education from Cal Poly, SLO, and an AMI-Primary Diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego. She is finishing her M.Ed. at Loyola University, Maryland. She was the Director/Head Teacher of a preschool for two years, and taught elementary grades for three years before deciding to write full-time. She still enjoys teaching, and has 30+ years experience working with children of all ages. Lee does numerous on-site and online workshops and presentations each year for students, teachers, parents, librarians, and writers.

Lee is actively involved in the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, the California Reading Association, the Children’s Literature Council of Southern California, the Authors Guild, the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association, Association Montessori Internationale, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and, yes, even the Cat Writers’ Association!

Lee lives in Santa Barbara, CA, with her family, which includes, of course, three former shelter cats!).

Other Works

  • Red, White and Boom!

  • Won Ton - A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

  • 101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies

  • Corey's Fire

  • 101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher

  • We All Scream for Ice Cream! The Scoop on America's Favorite Dessert

  • Bubblemania - The Chewy History of Bubble Gum

  • 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents


Awards and Recognition

  • Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award
  • Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry
  • Beehive State (Utah) Children's Choice Poetry Award
  • Cat Writers' Association Muse Medallion
  • Fancy Feast/Purina "Love Story" Award
  • Chickadee (Maine) Children's Choice Award
  • Shojai Mentor Award - Cat Writers' Association
  • Nutmeg (Connecticut) Children's Book Award
  • Great Stoneface (New Hampshire) Children's Book Award
  • Florida Sunshine State Young Reader Award