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Gold Medal Winner of the 2023 Benjamin Franklin Award —
the Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Children's / Young Adult

Gold Medal Winner of the 2023 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award — Best Writer / Illustrator

Gold Medal Winner of the 2022 President's Award for Children's Book Illustration from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association

2022 INDIES Book of the Year Awards — Picture Book Finalist


“Ebullience ferries this inspiring tale forward, and the revelation of Lulu’s beautiful differences is a triumphant moment for all.”  
Foreword Reviews (Starred Review)

“Young readers...will find this path to confidence and daring to live [their] wildest dreams encouraging.”  
BookLife Review (Editor’s Pick)

2022 Story Monsters Approved — Picture Books (Ages 3-8) Fiction

2023 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mentions —
Picture Books 6 & Older and New Author: Fiction

Bethany’s dream of becoming an author came alive through a crowdfunding campaign (Kickstarter), and placed Lulu's story into kids’ hands across the United States, Canada, England, Italy, and Australia. Now Lulu is now available in hardcover, ready for trade. 


Get ready to meet a bashful little beaver with a gigantic secret. Her creativity's bursting at the seams and ready to inspire kids 4 and up (and likely a bunch of grown ups too)!


About Lulu

This bashful little beaver has a gigantic secret...


Lulu tries to be a typical beaver, but, with creativity bursting at the seams, her secret is getting out! What will happen when her family and friends find out she doesn't fit in?


With funny asides, sound effects, and elements of comic-book style, Bethany Gano’s debut, eye-opening tale urges kids to be themselves and to never stop dreaming.


Perfect for unlocking creativity in ages 4 and up!


Printed and bound in the U.S.A.


About the Activity Book

Join Lulu and her friends for drawing and writing activities, coloring pages, jokes, puzzles and more! This activity book is full of fun activities that help adults slide into important conversations about confronting fear and doubt, flipping gloomy thinking and bravely sharing our gifts — in a lighthearted way. And of course the kids will have fun! And make art! And tell stories! Ideal for keeping 5-8 year olds busy.

Printed and bound in the U.S.A.


"Lulu the Beaver had me tearing up! What a sweet, inspiring, beautiful story! I loved every single bit of Lulu, from her big dreams to her friends and from her courage to her doubts. I honestly believe that this could be one of the best picture books of 2022!



Bethany’s dream of becoming an author came alive through a crowdfunding campaign (Kickstarter), and in March 2022, her debut title, Lulu the Beaver, was placed into kids’ hands across the United States, Canada, England, Italy, and Australia. Additionally, Lulu had recognition on Kickstarter and is starting to pop up in Elementary Schools. The title is now available in hardcover this December, ready for trade. We couldn't have done this without all of you! Check out the Kickstarter Video —

About Bethany

For over two decades, Bethany Gano has worked in the commercial arts. From production, to package design, to crafting brands, to illustration, and now, creating a children's book through her self-named studio. Bethany loves storytelling through art and design, and is extra fond of picture books — a place where art and words can't survive without each other. She holds two BAs (Art and Spanish) from the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University. Bethany lives in Central Florida with her husband, three kids and a bunch of furry and scaly friends.

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