Children’s Book Author
Lori Degman
Teacher’s Guide
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As a teacher, working with children is what I love most!  My multi-media presentations are designed to share the excitement and fun of reading and writing! I give a

behind-the-scenes look at how an idea becomes a published book – including a pile of rejection letters, which the kids always love! I stress the importance of revision and how to give and take constructive

comments. My interactive presentations typically include:

            ~ my journey as an author

            ~ how a picture book is created

            ~ writing in rhyme cloze activity

            ~ creating a story together

            ~ Questions & Answers

Contact me to set up a visit!
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Ask me about a free 
20 minute Skype visit!
“Lori is an enthusiastic author and teacher. She is skilled at rhyming and engages students in rhyming activities! She is warm, personable and truly loves children.”

Ms. Kulesza, Reading Specialist
Euclid School, Mt. Prospect, Illinois
“Lori Degman’s presentation not only helped my first graders learn how to become writers, but she also gave them the opportunity to practice those skills through her interactive and engaging presentation.”

Ms. Larios, First Grade Teacher                              
Burley School, Chicago, Illinois
“Lori Degman was our guest author during Family Reading Night.  She successfully engaged our crowd from toddlers to adults while telling her story of becoming an author, as well as reading us her own delightful stories in a fun, interactive way.  The families loved the event and I would highly recommend her to all libraries looking for author visits!.”

Erin Carr, Librarian
Adler Park School, Libertyville, Illinois
“Lori Degman does a great job of engaging students and teaching them about the  process of getting a book published!”  

Ms. Gammons, Principal
Euclid School, Mt. Prospect, IL
“Mrs. Degman recently completed this Skype lesson with my kindergarten ESL students. This was something they had never experienced before. Mrs. Degman did such a great job encouraging them to participate in the lesson. She engaged the students and made them feel comfortable to ask questions. Mrs. Degman used appropriate language to meet the needs of my young English learners. I am grateful to her for making this such a great experience for my class. Thank you, Mrs. Degman!”

Ms. Savage, ESL Kindergarten Teacher 
Brentwood, New York

“Lori's Skype with my high school creative writing class was an amazing opportunity for my young writers to learn from someone who has been through the process.  My students were encouraged to continue to pursue their writing passions, enlightened by her experiences and advice, and excited to meet “a real live author.” Thank you, Lori, for providing them with this memorable experience!”

Ms. Palazzo, English Teacher
Shrewsbury High School, Shrewsbury, MA

Author Visits


“Thank you so much for your visit! It was absolutely amazing - the first Skype we've ever done with an author. The kids loved the story and were captivated that they could see you and communicate with you!” 

Ms. Harris, School Librarian
Rice Creek Elementary School, Columbia, SC

Burley School, Chicago, Illinois

Washington School, Mundelein, Illinois

Irving School, Oak Park, Illinois

Parkview School, Cudahy, Wisconsin

"Lori Degman's presentation was engaging, interactive and fun!  The students loved making rhymes with her and hearing her latest book.  Lori has come to Irving School multiple time and each time she leaves us with a smile on our faces.  I recommend bringing Lori to your won't be disappointed!"

Katie Noonan, Librarian
Irving School, Oak Park, Illinois
“Lori was a fantastic author to Skype with.  Our Kindergarten students really enjoyed asking her questions and hearing her read 1 Zany Zoo.  They all loved the book Cock-a-Doodle Oops and wanted us to read it over and over again. Altogether the experience was one our teachers and students will not forget.”

Ms. Kaas, Reading Specialist                                
Tallwood Elementary School, Virginia Beach, VA
“Lori's work will put a smile on everyone's face who reads her books!  It was a pleasure to have her in our school for an author's visit presentation that was both interactive and fun.  We are looking forward to having her back in the very near future! 

Paul Floyd, Assistant Principal
Stony Creek Elementary, Alsip, Illinois

“The class absolutely loved you!! You inspired them as writers! Our writers workshop definitely had a different vibe today!”

Natalie Schramer , Third Grade Teacher
Williamsburg Elementary School, 
Geneva, Illinois
"Lori had many fun and engaging parts to her presentation. I loved her idea of "Story in a Box" where props were used to come up with all the elements used to make a fiction story. My 2nd grade daughter is still talking about it how much fun she had at Lori's presentation!”

Sarah Jenkinson-Cope
Union Grove School, 
Harwood Heights, Illinois

My class is still talking about our Skype visit with you on World Read Aloud Day. And we refer to our conversation about editing every time we get ready to “fix up” what we’ve been writing. What an impression you made!"

Beth Sellars, First Grade Teacher
Midway Elementary School
Lexington, South Carolina
"It was a pleasure hosting Lori Degman at our school. Her presentation was enjoyable not only for students, but for teachers too! She is an enthusiastic and passionate author and presenter."

Jillian Grazioso
Union Grove School, Harwood Heights, Illinois

Author Visits

Author Visits

Not sure about hosting an author visit?  Watch this video by teacher & blogger,

Colby Sharp!

SCBWI-Wisconsin Annual Conference

Teachers and Librarians -

I want to fill my day with Skype visits for

World Read Aloud Day on February 2, 2019!

Email me if you’d like to schedule a time!

"Lori was a wonderful guest to have! Her presentation was engaging and students of all elementary ages loved her!  Her activity that allowed them to create their own stories which was fun and age appropriate.  We loved having Lori!"

Allie Dolan
Union Grove School, 
Harwood Heights, Illinois