• Lori Mortensen is an award-winning children’s book author of more than 100 books and over 500 stories and articles. Recent titles include  Nonsense! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey (Versify), Away with Words, the Daring Story of Isabella Bird (Peachtree Publishers), If Wendell Had a Walrus, (Henry Holt) Chicken Lily (Henry Holt), Mousequerade Ball (Bloomsbury) illustrated by New York Times bestselling illustrator Betsy Lewin, and Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range (Clarion) a sequel to Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg, one of Amazon’s best picture books of 2013. Other titles include Cindy Moo (HarperCollins), Come See the Earth Turn – The Story of Léon Foucault (Random House), a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, 2010, and In the Trees Honey Bees!(Dawn Publications) a 2010 NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Book K-12 Winner.

    When she’s not hiking around, camera in hand,
    she’s tapping away at her keyboard, conjuring, coaxing, and prodding her latest
    stories to life. Today she lives in the foothills of Northern California with her family and the wonderful assortment of birds that come her way. To find
    more information about upcoming releases, reviews, teacher activities, her picture book critique service, and
    more, visit her website at www.lorimortensen.com.



  • Writing is like going on an unexpected journey–I never know where it will lead or what I might find. Once I have an idea, I pinch, prod, and coax it along until it emerges as a fully formed picture book that strikes a chord with me, and hopefully readers too. I try to write the sort of picture books I love–funny, whimsical and unforgettable. Although I always loved reading, it wasn’t until I was a stay-at-home mother of three that I asked myself—what could write? 

    I’ve been writing ever since. 

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