(above) Favorite children’s books I have on hand for inspiration! Among the list are Tommie dePaola, Mo Willems, Phillip and Erin Stead, Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein, Kevin Henkes, Roger Duvoisin, Olf and Lena Landstrom (huge crush on this writer/illustrator couple), Ian Falconer, Jacqueline Woodson, Sara Stewart and David Small, Lane Smith, William Steig, Quentin Blake, Barbara Cooney, Rosemary Wells....The list goes on and on and on. I don’t have enough room to list all my favorites. Luckily you can see our public library from our driveway! We check out at least 40 books a week.

(above) I had the amazing honor of winning the first place SCBWI portfolio award at the NY winter conference 2014. This award was accompanied by two wins as runner up in 2012 and 2013

Lori began illustrating in the 2nd grade,   when her poster for the Humane Society awed some pretty tough judges, and she took first place. Needless to say, it was a pivotal milestone.

She now looks to nature and her family for much of her inspiration. As a child she studied everything from acorns to frogs and marveled. Lori’s three girls have reminded her of those days, and she finds herself building on their own perceptions, ideas and drawings. Her creations manifest themselves in illustrations, stories, and overflow in the Spring to her garden. Her hobbies include building terrariums, collecting acorn tops and kickball.

        Lori won the SCBWI New York Winter conference portfolio award in 2014, as well as first runner up the two years prior.

    Her picture books MAPLE, MAPLE & WILLOW TOGETHER, MAPLE & WILLOW APART (July 2015) are published by Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books.


“I look to nature and my family
for much of my inspiration.”

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