Lee Wardlaw’s first spoken word was ‘kitty’. Since then, she’s shared her life with 30 cats (not all at the same time!) and published close to 30 award-winning books for children, tweens and teens, including Won Ton – A Cat Tale Told in Haiku, winner of the 2012 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the enormously popular middle grade novel 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents.
Lee has a B.A. in education, and taught school for five years before deciding to write full-time. She earned her AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego, and will receive her M.Ed. from Loyola University, Maryland, in 2013. She still enjoys teaching, and presents a variety of lively programs each year for students, educators, librarians, parents and writers at schools, workshops, and conferences.
Lee’s books, which have sold more than a million copies world-wide, have been honored by the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, the International School Librarians Association, and more. Lee is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, the Authors Guild, the California Reading Association and, yes, even the Cat Writers’ Association!
Lee lives in Santa Barbara, CA with her husband, teenaged son, and three former shelter cats. Her newest books include 101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies (ages 10-14) and Red, White and Boom! (ages 2-7).