Distinguished Alumnus:
Laurie Krebs '81
BS, Education

Laurie Krebs, who is a children’s book author, is a retired first grade teacher with twenty years experience in the Ridgefield Public Schools. She began her writing career by creating children’s stories for her class, then later, for a wider audience. Her first picture book, “The Beeman,” (National Geographic, Fall 2002) is a rhyming text told by a youngster who learns about beekeeping as she watches and helps her grandfather tend his hives.

Combining a love of writing with a love for travel, Laurie has created a series of concept picture books for children ages four to eight. “We All Went on Safari.” (Barefoot Books, Spring 2003), is a counting book set in Tanzania, Africa. This book has received a number of awards, and is now published in thirteen foreign languages. Both Child and Family Fun magazines named this latter book to their list of the 50 Best Children’s Books of 2003. It was featured as a Teacher’s Choice Award Winner in the January issue of Learning magazine, and as an IRA selection for the Teacher’s Choice Award in The Reading Teacher. A companion book, “We’re Sailing to Galapagos,” will be released by Barefoot Books in Spring 2005. The story uses days of the week to introduce various animals living on the remote Ecuadorian islands. Barefoot Books recently purchased another of Laurie’s manuscripts, We’re Riding on a Caravan,” which takes the reader on a journey across China’s Silk Road. Laurie’s nonfiction, six book series for children in grades three, four, and five, “A Day in the Life of a Colonial Tradesman” for PowerKids Press (The Rosen Publishing Group, August 2003) revolves around a day in the life of six different colonial tradesmen, each of whom has a connection with a specific historic event in the eighteenth century.

Laurie earned her B.S. in Education from the University of Delaware in 1959, and her M.S. in Education from WestConn in 1981. She has four grown children and five active grandsons. Laurie lives in an old pre-Revolutionary home in Ridgefield with her husband, Bill.

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