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Follow the journey of one thoughtful and creative girl as she learns to pursue her passions

Young Wanda is a girl on a mission; she wants to decide what to do when she grows up. Will she be a dancer? A landscape designer? Maybe a pastry chef? Her teachers and parents all make suggestions, but Wanda sets out to explore each option on her own. Along the way she invents a clever pulley system, a squirrel-proof bird feeder, and the best way to separate eggs. With the school career fair (and adulthood) looming on the horizon, what will Wanda decide? From the award-winning children's author Laura Pedersen comes Wanda's Better Way, an educational picture book about believing in yourself and pursuing your passion.

Wanda's Better Way

  • Laura Pedersen is an author and playwright. A former New York Times columnist, Laura has written over a dozen books for adults and children, including Unplugged, Ava's Adventure, and Life in New York: How I Learned to Love Squeegee Men, Token Suckers, Trash Twisters, and Subway Sharks. Unplugged won a Mom's Choice Gold Award, a Moonbeam Children's Book Bronze Award for best picture book, and a Skipping Stones Honor Award. Laura has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Primetime, and The Late Show with David Letterman. Connect with her at

    Penny Weber lives in Holbrook on Long Island, New York. Since attending the School of Visual Arts 20 years ago, she has worked as a muralist, greeting card artist and most recently as an illustrator for the children's market. Penny's work can be found in many books for children as well as educational projects, including Unplugged: Ella Gets Her Family Back, Chris P. Bacon: My Life So Far..., and Ava's Adventure. Penny has a husband, three children, a very large cat, and she is heavily lobbying for a puppy. Connect with her at

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