Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf, Children's Author, Business Owner, Professional Speaker, and Animal Advocate

Award Winning Author of Children's Books For Humane Education

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. I am the former Editor of The Fairview Heights Tribune, as well as the Clinton County News in Mascoutah, Illinois. I have written numerous articles and feature stories that have been included in the above-mentioned papers as well as The Freeburg Tribune and the Mass Communicator magazine for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 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 contribute to and edit articles for the Pets for Patriots Wet Nose blog as well as DOGTV’s Everything Dogs Blog, and the Pet Radio Magazine Blog.

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

The most important idea that I am sharing in Priceless Penny is that differently-abled animals’ capabilities are not limited by their looks. They are able to adapt and live full and satisfying lives and should not miss out on a second chance at life because they don’t look like most other animals.

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

I have over fifteen years of animal handling experience, which includes caring for cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. Additionally, I also have experience working with special needs animals that include blind, deaf and tripod animals. As a former foster home for Partners 4 Pets, 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 six 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 greatly enjoy educating youth about the importance of humane treatment of all animals. I also volunteer at Stray Rescue St. Louis where Penny and I work with at-risk children who are already in the criminal justice system. I also love to interact with the groups to make the learning experience fun and memorable.


Story Monster Approval Award

Readers Favorite Five Star Review Award, Literary Classics Seal of Approval Award

2016 Independent Book Publisher Award Nominee

2018 Author Academy Awards Top Ten Finalist in the Children’s Book Category

2016 Best Book Awards for Best Children’s Picture Book Softcover Non-Fiction finalist

2016 Gittle List Winner for Best Indie Children’s Picture Books

2016 New Apple Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing Official Selection

2016 International Publisher Award for Best Book in the Animal/Pets Category


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School Presentations:

I have numerous presentations available geared specifically toward each age group from kindergarten through high school:

  • “Uniquely You” (Grades K-3) - children learn more about what makes Penny and I unique, while discovering their own special qualities

  • “How A Children's Book is Made” (Grades K-8) - students get an in-depth look at how a children's book is made and see photos of the actual storyboards used in the making of Priceless Penny.

  • “Wonderful Writers Workshop” (Grades 5-12) - students learn numerous brainstorming techniques, how to look for inspiration in the world around them, and how to craft a well-written story.

  • “Spark A Passion for Animals” (Grades 5-12) - students learn how their passion for animals can lead to a successful career as well as help save lives along the way.

Presentation Audience:

Grades K-3

Grades 4-6

Middle School

High School


5-10 appearances



Willing to travel


Book Type:

Picture book

Children’s Fiction


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!