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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carol Lerner  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1927 Chicago, Illinois

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Lerner lived in Chicago her entire life.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carol Lerner is an author and illustrator. Her interest in the study of nature began when she noticed the intense interest her children had in the plants and animals around them. She began her study with courses in botany and ornithology at the Morton Arboretum and eventually studied botanical drawing for three years. Her first book illustrations were for other authors, but she quickly moved to writing her own books.

Published Works

  • On the Forest Edge, Morrow, 1978
  • Tree Flowers
  • Seasons of the Tallgrass Prairie, Morrow, 1980
  • A Biblical Garden, Morrow, 1982
  • Pitcher Plants, Morrow, 1983
  • A Forest Year, Morrow, 1987
  • Moonseed and Mistletoe, Morrow, 1988
  • Plant Families, Morrow, 1989
  • Dumb Cane and Daffodils, Morrow, 1990
  • A Desert Year, Morrow, 1991
  • Cactus, Morrow, 1992
  • Plants That Make You Sniffle and Sneeze, Morrow, 1993
  • Backyard Birds of Winter, Morrow, 1994
  • Backyard Birds of Summer, Morrow, 1996
  • My Backyard Garden, Morrow, 1998
  • My Indoor Garden, Morrow, 1999
  • On the Wing: American Birds in Migration, HarperCollins, 2001
  • Butterflies in the Garden, Morrow, 2002Books illustrated for Other Authors
  • Dune Country: A Hiker's Guide To The Indiana Dunes, Swallow Press, 1984 - written by Glenda Daniel

Selected Titles At Your Library

On the forest edge /
ISBN: 0688221629. OCLC Number:

Morrow,. New York :. 1978.

Describes the plants and animals that inhabit the area where the edge of a forest meets an abandoned field.

Seasons of the tallgrass prairie /
ISBN: 068832245X. OCLC Number:

Morrow,. New York, N.Y. :. 1980.

Describes the plant life of the American prairie, season by season, and the role of wildfire in its ecology.

A Biblical garden /
ISBN: 0688010717. OCLC Number:

Morrow,. New York :. 1982.

Descriptions and pictures of twenty plants mentioned in the Old Testament, including fig, lentil, olive, papyrus, and pomegranate.

Pitcher plants :
ISBN: 0688017177. OCLC Number:

W. Morrow,. New York :. 1983.

Paintings, drawings, and text depict the species of plant known as pitcher plants, which eat insects to survive.

A forest year /
ISBN: 0688064132. OCLC Number:

Morrow,. New York, N.Y. :. 1987.

Describes how seasonal changes in a forest affect the plants and animals that live there.

Moonseed and mistletoe :
ISBN: 0688073085. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. 1988.

Introduces plants to be found in the wild that may be trouble some to us by irritating the skin or causing illness or death from tasting or eating.

Plant families /
ISBN: 0688078818. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1989.

Provides simplified descriptions of twelve of the largest families of flowering plants in North America.

Dumb cane and daffodils :
ISBN: 0688087965. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1990.

Describes the physical characteristics, natural habitats, and harmful effects of several varieties of plants grown in North America.

A desert year /
ISBN: 0688093833. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1991.

A study of the animals and plants found in the desert of America's southwest.

Plants that make you sniffle and sneeze /
ISBN: 068811489X. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. 1993.

Discusses hay fever and describes the various plants whose pollen triggers hay fever allergies with information on where they grow, how their pollen is dispersed, and what can be done to avoid exposure to these irritants.

Backyard birds of winter /
ISBN: 0688128203. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1994.

Bird-watching in winter months is popular. Over forty species commonly seen in North America are pictured and described.

Backyard birds of summer /
ISBN: 0688136001. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1996.

Describes primarily those species of birds which are tropical migrants visiting the North only during the nesting season. Includes suggestions for attracting birds to one's yard.

My backyard garden /
ISBN: 0688147550. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1998.

Explains how to start your own vegetable garden and how to cope with common problems, describing the round of activities from month to month throughout the year.

My indoor garden /
ISBN: 0688147534. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1999.

Discusses how to care for plants indoors, including such aspects as light, temperature, humidity, pests, diseases, equipment, and how to choose and grow your own plants.

On the wing :
ISBN: 0688166490. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. [New York] :. ©2001.

Explore the journeys of nearly thirty different birds as they take flight across the Americas.

Butterflies in the garden /
ISBN: 0688174787. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2002.

Shows gardeners how to attract butterflies to their gardens and provides other facts about butterflies.

Dune country :
ISBN: 080400854X. OCLC Number:

Swallow Press,. Athens, Ohio :. 1984.


On the Forest Edge

  • Special Artistic Merit Award, Friends of American Writers
  • Tree Flowers

  • Notable Book, ALA
  • Seasons of the Tallgrass Prairie

  • Notable Book, ALA
  • A Biblical Garden

  • Notable Book, ALA
  • Pitcher Plants

  • Notable Book, ALA
  • A Forest Year

  • Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, NSTA/CBC
  • Moonseed and Mistletoe

  • Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, NSTA/CBC
  • Plant Families

  • Honor Book, New York Academy of Sciences
  • Dumb Cane and Daffodils

  • Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, NSTA/CBC
  • Cactus

  • Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, NSTA/CBC

    Other Awards

  • Carl Sandburg Award
  • Children`s Reading Round Table Annual Award, 1994

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (No)

    Contact Information

    Morrow Publishing 1350 Avenue of the Americas New York, New York 10119 212)