Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Speaker Profile - Lori Taylor

Illustrator and Writer

Region: Michigan
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Will Travel: < 500 miles
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
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A Michigan artist/author/illustrator, my childhood Clarkston home on five acres instilled in me a love of wild story. My imagination and nature experiences helped create my mid-grade HOLLY WILD nature mystery series, picture books, mid-grade fantasy, and others. I use humor to teach science, history, and legend as a way to engage kids. I illustrated MeeGenius! titles and Michigan History for Kids Magazine. I was author and illustrator-in-residence for the Literacy Legacy Fund of MI in 2015, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Artist-in-Residence in 2008, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Artist-in-Residence in 2007, using those experiences to fuel my tales. I've exhibited fine art for 30 years, been a county park seasonal naturalist and graphic artist and completed the Children's Writing course at the Institute of Children's Literature. I wander the wild seeking hidden stories. I live with my pets in a national forest in Bitely, MI with bears and porcupines as wild neighbors.

Presentation Description:

Designed for a large group, this exciting, interactive assembly will
show kids how to be story hunting GeEKs (Geo-Explorer Kids) as
Lori will draw with kids and show them how she interprets the outdoors
through drawing, writing and demonstrate the use of fun observational
skills for kids to better their outdoor experience.
*Special guest appearance by “Kenny the Corn Snake” is optional.