Lori Degman writes in rhyme, most of the time - but not always. She is the award-winning author of 1 Zany Zoo (Simon & Schuster, 2010 - Winner of the Cheerios New Author Contest, Illinois Reads featured title, and South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominee); Cock-a-Doodle Oops! (Creston Books, 2014 - International Literacy Association Honor Book); Norbert's Big Dream (Sleeping Bear Press, 2016); and the forthcoming Just Read (Sterling Publishing, 2018).
Lori enjoys presenting to children at schools and libraries and presenting to adults at writing onferences. She is a teacher of deaf and hard of hearing students and has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Lori lives near Chicago - home of the World Champion Cubs! (She is sorry about the plug, but it's been such a LONG wait!)
Learn more about Lori Degman on her website.
Q1: What three things would we always find in your creative space/studio?
Lori: My laptop, photos and something to drink — either water, coffee, or....
Q2: When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
Lori: Since I was a kid, I've enjoyed making people laugh with my rhyming poems, but I didn't want to be a published author until I started reading picture books to my two sons, Sean and Brian. I dreamed of sitting them on my lap and reading MY books to them!
Unfortunately, it took so long to get published. They were both in college when my first book came out. Needless to say, I did not sit them on my lap to read my book — that would be weird — and painful!
Q3: What authors have most inspired you?
Lori: Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, P. D. Eastman, James Stevenson, and Dr. Seuss.
Q4: Our festival theme this year is Twists & Turns. Which would you rather play, Twister or dominoes?
Lori: I'd rather play dominoes for sure — my brain is a lot more flexible than my body.