Hello! I'm Lori Mortensen and I write children's books!
Did I always write children's books? No, but I've always loved reading. One of my favorite memories is when my third grade teacher, Miss Hall, read to us after lunch recess. One chapter a day. Books like Ellen Tebbits, Charlotte's Web, and A Wrinkle in Time. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Books continue to be some of my best friends. I didn't start writing until I began reading to my own children and wondered—What could I write?
I've been writing ever since!
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, Arlo Draws an Octopus illustrated by NYT bestselling author/illustrator Rob Sayegh, Jr., If Wendell Had a Walrus, illustrated by NYT bestselling author/illustrator Matt Phelan, Mousequerade Ball, Cindy Moo, Chicken Lily, Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range, a Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award Nominee and the sequel to Amazon bestseller Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg, and picture book biographies, Nonsense! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey, and Away with Words, the Daring True Story of Explorer Isabella Bird.
When she’s not greeting geese at the lake, or putting her nose in a mystery, 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 all birds that flock to her feeder—including a daredevil squirrel.