ABOUT LORRI HORN
Lorri Horn is an educator and the author of Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, who included it among the “Best Middle Grade Books of 2017.” She has a degree in English, a teaching credential, has been Nationally Board Certified, and taught public school for 15 years. She loves cheese (and wants it to be its own food group, which made a former life working on a vegan book a challenge), humor, baking, books, and spending time with her family. Lorri’s background as a career schoolteacher and instructional leader make her especially sympathetic to the needs and perspectives of children, and this sensitivity features in her work as an author. Lorri blogs on her website, lorrihorn.com. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Phi Delta Kappan, The College Board, and Mayim’s Vegan Table. Lorri lives in California with her husband, son, and their dog, Wolfie.
Being a teacher was an influence in a couple of key ways. The first is the humor and silliness I brought to the book. Students being authentically engaged with whatever material they have before them has always been essential to me as an educator. A gateway into engagement with students is often through humor, and I’ve always loved sharing that with kids. I also possess a love for word play and language and introducing children to just how closely they can help their reader smell a particular doughnut if they carefully compare it to other words their reader knows. While writing Dewey, I chose words carefully both to make children laugh, but also to help them see, smell, taste, and imagine the words they read—both to bring them to life in this world of ours that competes for children’s attention with quick-moving images, and to provide a model for them in their own writing as well.
I would love for Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver first and foremost to make people laugh and enjoy a good read. Beyond that, it seems to me that we all come with our baggage and our issues, and try as we all might, it seems inevitable that each generation passes some of it on, either as a reaction to that stuff or a repetition of it. The more we know we do it, the more we can talk about it with our kids when it happens, admit our foibles, acknowledge them, laugh about them, apologize for them, and the better equipped kids are to make their own way through. Dewey Fairchild is the liaison because sometimes we don’t always do that as well as we’d like. No one really wants to admit she was picking her nose and rolling a booger into the carpet, you know? But Dewey helps us be the better person who can say, “Gosh, how embarrassing! I was just picking my nose right then! I felt so caught when you asked that I actually lied and said I wasn’t!”