Laura Nemeroff



  • Born in 1953 in Brooklyn, NY. She is the youngest of three girls
  • Her love of reading began when she was younger. She also loved to draw, read, and make up stories.
  • She went to college at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY to pursue a career in fashion design.
  • She took a class in college on writing and illustrating and got a contract for her first book, Amy for Short.
  • She currently lives on Los Angeles, California.
  • She has two cats and a dog. She also rides horses.


  1. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1985)
  2. If You Give a Moose a Muffin (1991)
  3. If You Give a Pig a Pancake (1998)
  4. The Best Mouse Cookie (1999)
  5. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies [2009]
  6. If You Take a Mouse to School (2002)
  7. If You Give a Pig a Party (2005)
  8. Merry Christmas, Mouse! (2007)
  9. Time for School, Mouse! (2008)
  10. If You Give a Cat a Cupcake (2008)
  11. Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! (2009)
  12. Happy Easter, Mouse! (2010)
  13. If You Give a Dog a Donut (2011)
  14. It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (2012)
  15. Happy Birthday, Mouse! (2012)
  16. If You Give a Bear a Brownie (2014)
  17. What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best
  18. What Grandmas Do Best/What Grandpas Do Best
  19. What Aunts Do Best/What Uncles Do Best
  20. What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best
  21. The Jellybeans and the Big Dance (Mar 1, 2008)
  22. The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza (Mar 1, 2010)
  23. The Jellybeans and the Big Camp Kickoff (Mar 1, 2011)
  24. The Jellybeans and the Big Art Adventure (Mar 1, 2012)
  25. The Jellybeans Love to Dance (Mar 12, 2013)
  26. The Jellybeans Love to Read (Mar 11, 2014)
  27. Beatrice Doesn't Want to
  28. Sometimes I Wonder If Poodles Like Noodles
  29. Monster Munchies
  30. The Chicken Sisters
  31. Laura Numeroff's Ten Step Guide to Living with Your Monster
  32. Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers
  33. Chimps Don't Wear Glasses
  34. Two For Stew
  35. Why a Disguise?
  36. When Sheep Sleep
  37. Emily's Bunch (with Alice Richter)
  38. Walter
  39. Amy for Short (1976)
  40. Does Grandma Have an Elmo Elephant Jungle Kit
  41. You Can't Put Braces on Spaces (with Alice Richter)
  42. Phoebe Dexter Has Harriet Peterson's Sniffles
  43. If You Give an Author a Pencil
  44. Sherman Crunchley (with Nate Evans)

Fun Facts

  • Her favorite possessions when she was young was her microscope, a box of 64 crayons, and her library card.
  • When she was 15 she decided t o become a fashion designer.
  • She loves movies. One year she saw 72 movies!

Contact Laura

Harper Collins Publishers

10 E. 53rd Street

NY, NY 10022

Book Review

Title: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Stars: ****

Review: If you give a mouse a cookie, you better be ready for tons of laughs. This story follows a demanding mouse through one adventure after another. He arrives with his backpack on his back and you offer him a cookie. The rest of this marvelous mousetale will have you grateful that he didn't visit your house!

Got milk? Well, this mouse requests that and more. He needs a napkin, a mirror, nail scissors, a broom, a bed, a bedtime story and the fun continues. Eventually he is reminded that he is thirsty and wants milk again. And what goes better with milk than a cookie?

Laura Joffe Numeroff has created an amusing sequence of events while the colorful artwork by Felicia Bond shows the gigantic mess this mouse causes and the numerous trials the tolerant child endures. He never denies the mouse any hospitality. The last picture speaks volumes about the exhaustion of a generous host.

I recommend this book for preschoolers, ages 3 to 5. It is sure to be a favorite story to cuddle with before bedtime!