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Lori Mortensen is an award-winning children's author of more than 100 books. Her books, which reviewers have praised as “stellar” “as good as it gets” and “begs to be read aloud,” have been published by such notable publishers as HarperCollins, Henry Holt, Abrams, Bloomsbury, and Peachtree. Popular releases include, If Wendell Had a Walrus, illustrated by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Matt Phelan, Arlo Draws an Octopus, illustrated by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Rob Sayegh, Jr. . . .  

picture books


Cowpokes, hogs, and dirty dawgs? They're just some of the fun characters young readers will enjoy in Lori Mortensen's popular picture books. In her picture book biographies, they'll learn about a woman who became the first female member of the Royal Geographical Society, and one of literature's most creepily creative author/illustrators who inspired a generation of creators from Lemony Snicket to Tim Burton.  Click on the link to  start exploring her most popular titles.

bravos, awards, and hoorays

Amazon Best Books of the Month: NF for kids
Amazon Editors' Pick, Best NF for Kids

Amazon Editors' Pick, Best Books

Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award Nominee
Charlotte Award Nominee
Cybils Awards Fiction Picture Book Finalist

IWLA Book of the Year Award Recipient

New York Times Bookshelf: The Wild West
One of New York Public Library's Best Books for Kids

NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for K-12

Rhyme Revolution's Best Rhyming Picture Book

Scholastic Book Club Selection
Smithsonian Notable Book for Children


activity guides


Picture books and activity guides go together like peanut butter and jelly! Click on the fun activity guides that accompany her most popular fiction and nonfiction titles that explore language arts, character education, social studies, history, math, geography, health, art, research, fun facts, and more!



Are you planning to submit a manuscript? Maybe you've been puzzling over a story that's just not working out. Whether you're an aspiring author, or a seasoned pro, I can help.


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Lori Mortensen is a multi-published, award-winning author. To learn more about her awards, events, interviews, and news, click on press link in the menu.


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Lori loves hearing from readers!  (Some are fine feathered friends!) Contact her  at lori "at", or fill in the form on her contact page. 

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