Laurence Pringle grew up in western New York, roaming woods and fields, exploring ponds and creeks. These boyhood experiences led him to earn degrees in wildlife conservation at Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts.
Some details about early influences that led to his life of writing about nature, wildlife, and environmental issues are revealed in his 84th book, One Room School, and in Nature! Wild and Wonderful, a Meet-the-Author Book.
Larry was an editor of Nature and Science, a children's magazine published at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City. If he hadn't been hired as a rookie editor for that magazine, he might never have written for children. When that magazine ceased publication in 1970, Larry decided to try to survive as a freelance writer. That gamble worked, and his 100th book was published in 2003.
The Chicago Tribune has called him "one of America's top nonfiction writers for young readers."
Larry's own "kids" are now out of college, leaving a sometimes-empty nest he shares with his wife Susan, a retired 4th grade teacher.
When he is not gardening, fishing at the ocean's edge, or helping around the house, he gets some writing done. His 115th book was published in early 2016. Several other books have been written and are being designed and illustrated.
And here is a scary, or inspiring, thought: Larry says he is still learning about writing, still trying to get better. "I'm making progress!"
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