Laura Numeroff

Children's book author's memories of Steeplechase, the Animal Nursery, and Brighton Beach Baths

Laura Numeroff
Interview Date:
November 22, 2021


Laura Numeroff is an author and illustrator of best-selling children's books who grew up in Brooklyn in the 1950s and 60s. She shares memories of being taken to Steeplechase Park by her father, who worked for the World Telegram and got press passes. Among her recollections are riding Steeplechase's Caterpillar ride, getting to hold a raccoon at Murray Zaret's Animal Nursery, and summers at Brighton Beach Baths. Laura Numeroff is best known for her If You Give ... series of children's books, including If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, and If You Give a Dog a Donut