Lauren Thompson has been writing since childhood. In fifth grade, she began writing in a journal - a going-away gift from her classmates before she and her family moved to the Netherlands for a year.
That journal was but one part of her lifelong writing career. She spent 18 years as a children's book editor before becoming a picture book author. Her titles include the Little Quack series, the Mouse's First series, and several other stand-alone titles.
Ms Thompson has won many honors and awards for her work, and is a New York Times bestselling author. But success did not come overnight. She wrote steadily for seven years, once she decided to write for children, before she wrote anything strong enough to be published.
Born in 1962 in Oregon, Lauren Thompson is the oldest of her siblings - one sister and two brothers. Her family moved to Massachusetts when she was three, then to the Netherlands for a year when she was 10. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.