Lisa LaBanca Rogers
Lisa Rogers became inspired to write for children during her career as an elementary school librarian.
Lisa’s debut picture book, 16 WORDS: WILLIAM CARLOS AND “THE RED WHEELBARROW,” illustrated by Chuck Groenink (Schwartz & Wade, 2019), received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, is a Bank Street Best Children’s Book, a Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice, a Junior Library Guild selection, an ALSC Notable Books shortlist book, and a winner of the Boston Authors Club Julia Ward Howe award and the Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award.
HOUND WON’T GO, a rhyming picture book illustrated by Meg Ishihara (Albert Whitman, 2020), is a 2021 Massachusetts Must-Read book and was inspired by her rescue dog. Two poems are included in FRIENDS AND ANEMONES: OCEAN POEMS FOR CHILDREN (Writers’ Loft Press, 2020) and another was selected for IF THIS PUDDLE COULD TALK (Candlewick, 2024) edited by Irene Latham and Charles Waters.
DISCOVER HER ART: WOMEN ARTISTS AND THEIR MASTERPIECES, coauthored with Jean Leibowitz, will be out March 1 from Chicago Review Press.
A former daily news reporter and editor, Lisa lives outside Boston with her family and intrepid hound and is a four-time runner of the Boston Marathon.
Awards and Recognition
- For 16 WORDS: Julia Ward Howe Award, Boston Authors Club; Junior Library Guild Selection, Bank Street Best Books list, CCBC Choice, ALSC Notable shortlist For HOUND WON'T Go: A Massachusetts Must-Read