Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf, Children's Author

Picture Book Author with a Passion for Differently-abled Animals

I began writing at an early age. While in elementary school, I was the recipient of two Young Author Awards (1994, 1997). I went on to receive my Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications – Journalism from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. While there, I earned the Outstanding Student in Journalism Award in 2006. In 2015, I created my own publishing company called Theuerkauf’s Tails, LLC. I am also an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), 12x12 Picture Book Challenge, Independent Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA), the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA), and the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA). I also contribute to and edit articles for the Pets for Patriots Wet Nose blog as well as DOGTV’s Everything Dogs Blog. Additionally, I volunteer at the APA of Missouri with my three-legged dog, Penny. My children's book, Priceless Penny, is used as part of the humane education class that Penny and I co-teach.

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her book:

I want readers to understand that differently-abled animals are capable of living amazing lives and are worthy of love. So often, these animals are viewed as "flawed" or "broken" and are left in shelters until their time runs out. These animals have so much love to give and are simply looking for a second chance at life. I hope that my book will inspire others to consider adopting a differently-abled animal.

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:

I have over 15 years experience in the animal welfare industry. I am a former foster parent with Partners 4 Pets where I learned how to rehabilitate animals that were abused and abandoned and prepare them for their loving forever homes. I am also a member of Therapy Dogs International (T.D.I.). My Chihuahua, Adriel, and I have been providing touch therapy to schools, nursing homes, kids’ clubs, hospice patients, etc. for over seven years. Additionally, I am a member of All American Dachshund Rescue. I assist with transporting rescued Dachshunds to their foster/forever homes. Furthermore, I also manage the rescue’s Instagram account, which features adoptable Dachshunds. I currently volunteer at the APA of Missouri with my three-legged dog, Penny. I assist in teaching the humane education class to birthday parties as well as Boy and Girl Scout groups. I am also an active member of the the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). Additionally, I also contribute to and edit articles for the Pets for Patriots Wet Nose blog as well as DOGTV’s Everything Dogs Blog.


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School Presentations:

I have created several PowerPoint presentations to accompany the reading of my book, Priceless Penny. One of the presentations takes children through the process of creating and publishing a picture book. The presentation includes actual storyboards and sketches that were used in the making of Priceless Penny. I also offer writing workshop presentations that will focus on helping aspiring authors find their creative flow while mastering the brainstorming and character creation process. For pre-school and kindergarten students, I offer a presentation that shows Penny's unique differences as well as my own. The goal is to educate children on the importance of being true to oneself and that being different is beautiful. This presentation also includes an interactive game. Penny's story is one of hope and inspiration. She is out to show the world that different is beautiful and nothing is impawsible! Penny loves everything and everyone, especially children. She will be present at all presentations so that children can physically see what makes her unique.

Presentation Audience:


Grades K-3

Grades 4-6

Middle School


5-10 appearances



Willing to travel


Book Type:

Picture book


Animal Rights



Character Education



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Priceless Penny tells the incredible true story of one dog's journey from solo stray to pampered pooch!