San Diego Jewish Academy hosts book signing by teacher April 30

Leora Lazarus reads from “Naughty Norman” to her preschoolers.
Leora Lazarus reads from “Naughty Norman” to her preschoolers.

San Diego Jewish Academy preschool teacher Leora Lazarus, known to children around San Diego as “Teacher Lee,” will appear at a book reading and signing April 30 to launch the first of her educational circle-time stories for young readers, hosted by the academy.

Her book, titled “Naughty Norman,” is a light-hearted circle-time story. It teaches the concepts of counting and time to preschoolers and early readers using humor, rhyme, and just a touch of suspense. The beautifully simple illustrations are by Pasadena-based artist Judi Holland.

The book launch will be at 3 p.m. April 30 at SDJA’s Early Childhood Center, 11860 Carmel Creek Road, San Diego, but the book is already is available on, and through the Kindle store.

“The stories are now ready to be published because they are now ‘preschooler approved,’” said Lee. “I make sure that every story I tell in my circle time is fun and grabs the attention of the children in my class.”

For information about “Naughty Norman,” visit, or call 949-395-4574.