Picture Books are the Jump-Off Point from which Literacy Takes Flight.
My name is Lauri and I’m a retired Library Assistant. I’m also a children’s picture book author, freelance writer, and captioner. I’m the winner of the 2022 Kate Dopirak Craft & Community Award.
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I grew up in Canastota, NY with my twin sister and four other siblings. I have a degree in Library and Information Services, as well as a certificate with Highest Honors in Writing Stories For Children. I’m also a graduate of the Children’s Book Academy, and a member of SCBWI, CBI Clubhouse, 12×12, and Inked Voices.
I am married to a wonderful man, Chris, who holds a fifth-degree black belt in karate. I love to play with our little dog, Java. And in my spare time I enjoy blogging, reading, and Japanese anime.
I am also a strong proponent of the benefits of reading, for people of all ages, but especially for children. If children are introduced to books and reading early on and throughout their growing-up years, I know that they will become strong readers. The best way to start is by reading picture books.
Many of us take reading for granted, but did you know that some people can’t read street signs, or menus, or cereal boxes, let alone job applications, instruction manuals, or other important documents? So parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings, read picture books with the children in your lives often. Remember, some picture books are meant for children all the way up to the age of eight or nine. And some people never lose their love for these wonderful and important works of art. Just look at me!
Literacy is the jump-off point from which all of life’s successes take flight.
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Finley is THE Frog On A Blog. He is a friendly, playful frog with a wacky fashion sense. He is the main character in my children’s story entitled Fabulous Finley.
As much as Finley loves his fabulous coat, what he wants most of all is a friend. One day, his wish comes true; he meets Chelsey. When Chelsey becomes sick and loses all of her hair, Finley sticks by her side and finds the perfect way to help his best friend.