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Invite Lori Mortensen to your event

book signings, storytimes, festivals, and fundraisers

Lori Mortensen speaks and participates at all sorts of writing events including book signings, story times, festivals, and fundraisers. In 2015, she was a featured author at the Sacramento Library Foundation's Author on the Move Fundraiser with such notables as Lemony Snicket's Daniel Handler and NPR's Beth Ruyak and has also appeared multiple times at ScholarShare Children's Book Festival at Fairytale Town in Sacramento.

SCBWI events have included Beyond the Bay, nonfiction intensives, panel discussions, and presenting SCBWI NorCal's day-long "Intensive Squared: Picture Book Intensive" featuring five sessions on the craft of writing picture books. In addition to the day-long picture book intensive, she offers PowerPoint presentations on "The Stories Behind the Stories," "Rhyme in Picture Books," and "The Secret of Picture Book Biographies." Contact her for rates and availability.

virtual school visits

Storytimes - Would you love an author visit? One of the easiest ways is to schedule a virtual storytime visit online where Lori will read several of her most popular stories, and share how the stories grew from an idea to publication. Thirty-minute sessions cost $250. 


in-person school visits

PowerPoint assemblies - Lori also visits schools in person. Her PowerPoint presentation "The Story Behind the Stories" features her unlikely writing journey—her sister was the storyteller, not her!—and the stories behind several of her most popular titles including, In the Trees, Honey Bees!, Cindy Moo, and Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg. During the 45-minute presentation, she'll share her father-in-law's beekeeping suit and veil, a real cow bell just like Cindy Moo's, and discuss how she turned ideas into stories. Her visit includes time for Q&As and signing books. For full details about her presentation suitable for K-5, click on links for her author visit brochure and her tips for having a successful author visit, below. Each presentation costs $500.

Local classroom visits - Lori also visits local classrooms for 30-40 minutes where she'll read several of her most popular stories and share how the story grew from an idea into a published book. These classroom visits cost $250 each.



classroom activities

Lori's most popular titles are accompanied by downloadable classroom activities that explore common core themes such as art, character, geography, history health, language arts, mathematics, research, and social studies. PDF links for activities are available on each book's page.   



Each PowerPoint presentation costs $500. Presentations outside of the Sacramento area may include travel, lodging and transportation expenses. She charges $250 for informal local classroom visits and virtual storytime visits. Contact her for more information about advance book order forms and scheduling.

To access her author visit brochure and tips for successful author visits pdfs, click below:

Author Visit Brochure

Tips for Successful Author Visits

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