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Leslie Helakoski

Leslie Helakoski is the author and sometimes illustrator of 18 picture books. Known for their humor and wordplay, her books have have received starred reviews and many state book awards. Woolbur received awards in Florida, South Carolina, and Michigan and was on 14 state book lists as well as being a Great Lakes Great Books finalist. Big Chickens received starred reviews and was selected by the Junior Library Guild and the Michigan Reads program. Are Your Stars Like My Stars? was chosen for the Ultimate List of Diverse Books for Children. Her latest books are When the Rain Came Down, Back to the Woods, and Gator’s Big Mouth. Leslie was recognized as a Regional Advisor Emeritus, after 11 years serving as the Regional Advisor for the Michigan chapter of SCBWI. She was awarded the Gwen Frostic Award for her work in children’s literacy. She teaches picture book workshops around the country, including PB&J (Picture Books and All That Jazz) at the Highlights Foundation. She divides her time between Northern Michigan and Southern Louisiana.

“Darcy and Leslie encouraged, enlightened, and energized in a most personable way.”

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