“I believe in writing and sharing stories that make us laugh, inspires creativity, tugs at our heartstrings, transports us to magical places and connects with children who need their voices heard.”

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Larissa Juliano is an elementary teacher in upstate New York. A Brighton, Buffalo State and St. John Fisher graduate, Larissa has a Bachelors degree in B-6 Elementary Ed, Masters degree in B-6 Childhood Literacy with a concentration in English literature. She lives in her hometown with her husband and three young children. Being a mom and wife have been the greatest blessings of her life. Besides teaching, Larissa’s passion is writing books in hopes of inspiring children to use their imagination, especially through literature. This can be the very best travel ticket of all!

Author of the Gracie Lou Series, Bobby Birthday and the How to Build Series published by jabberwocky_orig

COMING SOON! 

Gracie Lou Tries Something New (November 2019), Grandma’s Garden (Clever Publishing March 2020), Grandpa’s Workshop (Clever Publishing April 2020) and a special writing experience with Billy Sets Sail (Clever Publishing March 2020)

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It’s an honor to be a special contributor and monthly columnist for Story Monsters Ink- voted one of the best magazines for kids and teens!

Books by Larissa Juliano

Gracie Lou 2

Gracie Lou is nervous. She’s starting soccer camp tomorrow, but she has never played soccer before. What if she can’t kick the ball, or if everyone runs faster than her? What if the snack is yucky or the coach is grouchy? Luckily,

She has her shooting star to help her…

In the night, it takes Gracie Lou off on a special adventure that tickles her five senses. Along the way she meets five baby animals who need her help. Gracie Lou helps each of them try new things, and when she does, she discovers for herself that trying something new can be good for you!

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Nana’s Garden: A Lift-the-Flap Book

Explore all of the delights and surprises to be found in NANA’S GARDEN.

Join our young gardener as she spends her Sundays picking juicy red tomatoes, catching beautiful black and orange butterfliescounting the daisies in her basket, scooping up caterpillars, and much more.

Larissa Juliano’s joyful word play begs to be read aloud again and again to toddlers sitting on laps… and dreaming of sunny days in Nana’s garden.

  • Lively text appeals to children and the person reading it to them.3
  • Sturdy format is perfect for little hands.
  • Combines counting and color recognition while encouraging movement and play.
  • A perfect gift for Mother’s Day.

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Papa’s Workshop: A Lift-the-Flap Book

Explore PAPA’S WORKSHOP and discover delights and surprises around every corner.

When papa and his grandson spend the afternoon in his wood-smelling shed, they scan the shelves and organize the workshop, sorting nails, screws, and other trinkets. And, no workshop is complete without a sparkly, sticky spider web to marvel.

Larissa Juliano’s joyful word play begs to be read aloud to toddlers sitting on laps… and dreaming of busy days in Papa’s workshop.

  • Lively text appeals to children and the person reading it to them.
  • Sturdy format is ideal for little hands.
  • Combines counting and color recognition while encouraging movement and play.
  • A perfect gift for Father’s Day.

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Gracie Lou

Gracie Lou is bored. And lonely. What is a little girl to do when there’s nowhere to go and no one to play with?

Wish upon a star…

As Gracie Lou travels through the starry sky to magical lands, she experiences exciting and whimsical adventures that ignite all her five senses. Larissa Juliano delivers a captivating, imaginative, and thought- provoking story inspired by a childhood favorite…The Little Prince. Readers will delight in the vivacity of Gracie Lou’s imagination (or is it?) as they anticipate where the curly haired cutie will head to next…

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Bobby Birthday

Bounce Houses? Yes, please! Jungle theme? Of course. Cake with artificial flavors and colors? You bet. These treats are all part of Bobby’s party crashing experience.

A Story about Friendship

Bobby Birthday (yes, his last name is Birthday!) loves going to birthday parties even when he’s not invited. He samples the food, peeks at presents, bounces on inflatable elephant trunks, all the while escaping his mom’s healthy cooking. Then one day, Bobby meets a boy named Teddy who only has grown-ups as guests. As Bobby talks to him, he realizes his party crashing can serve a much better purpose -encouraging friendship no matter what our differences may be.

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How to Build a Leprechaun Trap

Companion book to New York Times and USA Today Bestseller “How to Catch a Leprechaun” 

Can you be the first to catch a leprechaun?

Catching leprechauns is no easy task-you need more than dandelion tea and four-leaf clovers! You’ll need the perfect trap with precise calculations and proper engineering-and How to Build a Leprechaun Trap can help!

What’s inside?
• 15 traps with step-by-step instructions sure to lure in your leprechaun
• STEAM Connections exploring the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics behind each activity
• Yummy leprechaun recipes

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How to Build an Elf Trap

Companion book to New York Times and USA Today Bestseller “How to Catch an Elf” 

Can you be the first to catch an elf?

Catching elves is no easy task-you need more than candy canes and ribbons! You’ll need the perfect trap with precise calculations and proper engineering― and How to Build an Elf Trap can help!

What’s inside?
• 12 traps with step-by-step instructions sure to lure in your elf
• STEAM Connections exploring the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics behind each activity
• Yummy elf recipes
• Exciting bonus activities
• Plus space to design your very own trap!

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Testimonials

“My children and my students Love Gracie Lou and her adventures. I love how Gracie Lou is always “ready for something new.” Very heartwarming and creative. We look forward to future books from the author.”

J. Frear

“Gracie Lou is both whimsical and educational, teaching children about the importance of imaginative play when their environments might not be able to provide them with the stimulation they are seeking. As a therapist, I think it’s imperative that children learn to use imagery as a coping skill, and Gracie Lou sends a clear message about the benefits of using one’s own mind to change an emotional experience.”

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