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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Laura Nyman Montenegro  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1953 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Montenegro was born in Chicago and currently resides in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Laura is an art educator, with a BA in Fine Arts and Anthropology and an MA and certification in Art Education. She is a puppeteer and movement artist, co-founder and ensemble member of Theatre Zarko in Evanston, Illinois. She teaches classes for adults in the art of making picture books.

Published Works

  • One Stuck Drawer, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1991
  • Sweet Tooth, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1995
  • A Bird About To Sing, Houghton Mifflin Co., 2003
  • A Poets Bird Garden, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007

Selected Titles At Your Library

One stuck drawer /
ISBN: 039557319X. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1991.

Visiting a furniture store, a young girl falls in love with an old dresser, but can't pay for it until the dresser's stuck drawer provides a solution.

Sweet Tooth /
ISBN: 0395680786. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 1995.

A girl is separated from her beloved lion because of ignorance and prejudice.

A bird about to sing /
ISBN: 0618188657. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2003.

Natalie, who likes to write poems, goes to a poetry reading and discovers that a poem needs to be read out loud at just the right time.

A poet's bird garden /
ISBN: 0374360383. OCLC Number:

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After Chirpie the bird escapes from her cage and flies into a tree, a group of poets decides that the best way to entice her down is to create a garden full of seeds, water, hiding places, and materials for building a nest.



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