Lois V. Harris
Children's Author

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Selected Works

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Biography of the spunky gal who danced, sang, and dared to joke and play the banjo when both were considered not ladylike. Lotta soared on to become America's first comedienne. Click on title link to go to book's page.
Award-winning biography about the famous Cowboy Artist and storyteller. Click on title link to page with reviews and a Discussion Guide.
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Biography of the artist who created colorful dreamlands. Click on title link to page with reviews and a Discussion Guide.
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Biography of one of the world's greatest Impressionist painters. Click on title link to page with reviews and a Discussion Guide.

Lotta Crabtree: Gold Rush Fairy Star


EARNED THE NATIONAL COWBOY & WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM'S 2017 WRANGLER AWARD; THE WESTERN WRITERS OF AMERICA'S 2018 SPUR FINALIST AWARD; THE CALIFORNIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION'S EUREKA! CALIFORNIA IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE BIBLIOGRAPHY

THE WRANGLER AWARD from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Good News:

NATIONAL COWBOY AND WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM 2017 AWARD WINNER FOR "OUTSTANDING JUVENILE BOOK" !!!

THE WESTERN WRITERS OF AMERICA 2018 SPUR FINALIST AWARD FOR BEST JUVENILE NONFICTION !!!

THE CALIFORNIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION'S EUREKA! CALIFORNIA IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE BIBLIOGRAPHY !!!


Lotta Crabtree: Gold Rush Fairy Star "This expertly written biography for juvenile readers....contains great historical photos and wonderful history....I especially liked the informative sidebars with related information throughout." Western Writers of America Roundup Magazine, June 2018, Rachelle "Rocky" Gibbons

Lotta Crabtree: Gold Rush Fairy Star "is exceptionally well written, illustrated, organized and presented, making it an ideal and highly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library biography collections for young readers." Midwest Book Review, Children's Bookwatch, November 2017

Lotta Crabtree: Gold Rush Fairy Star selected as the California State Library's "Book of the Week" --- October 16, 2017. "Using original pictures and lively narrative, author Lois Harris brings this California original back to life...a literary gem sure to enthrall kids and adults alike. If you have a child in your life or are a child at heart; if you love theater history, charities or even just California, this is the book for you!"

"VERDICT An insightful biography of a captivating woman; readers may be unfamiliar with Crabtree's name, but after reading this book, they'll never forget her." A general purchase for most collections.—Emily Beasley, Omaha Public Schools, School Library Journal

Lotta Crabtree: Gold Rush Fairy Star included in the Mixed-Up Files blog, Sept. 8, 2017, " 'Fall' Into Nonfiction With Some Great New Titles"

"This easy-to-read biography is sure to appeal to fans of 19th-century American history as well as those seeking narratives of strong and trailblazing women. Little Lotta's big life is a globe-trotting adventure of a woman ahead of her time, reminding contemporary readers that, 'if a girl is going to truly succeed in the world she must do so as her own self.' "---Kirkus

"The photos look wonderful!....We'll be adding this copy to the SF History Center."San Francisco Public Library


33 fascinating historical photos/​illustrations
Valuable educational resource
Inspiring rags-to-riches story
Sidebars include related information and context
Glossary, bibliography, index