Presenting to Kindergarteners in Brooklyn  |  Photo by Tory Williams

Presenting to Kindergarteners in Brooklyn  |  Photo by Tory Williams

 

I give children an age-appropriate look at how picture books are created, with a focus on the joy of imagination!

 

My visits are ideal for pre-K through 2nd grade, but content can be tailored for older children through 5th grade. Here are the basics:

  • Presentations run approx 40 minutes and generally include a reading, process sketches, and a lively, collaborative drawing game that always has silly results!

  • Up to 4 presentations per school day

  • Book signing

  • Autographed bookmarks for all attendees

Preferred locations are NYC and Long Island (I am Suffolk BOCES approved). Sponsor's expenses include presentation fee and travel.

*Now booking for the 2017-18 school year. Contact me for rates*

Art project at Gowanus Houses Art Collective.

Art project at Gowanus Houses Art Collective.

Skype visit with a school outside Chicago.

Skype visit with a school outside Chicago.

The results of our collaborative drawing game are always silly!  |  Photo courtesy of Goosehill Primary

The results of our collaborative drawing game are always silly!  |  Photo courtesy of Goosehill Primary

Sketches vs. final art in the book...  are they the same, or different?  |  Photo courtesy of Goosehill Primary

Sketches vs. final art in the book...  are they the same, or different?  |  Photo courtesy of Goosehill Primary

PS 123 in Harlem  |  Photo curtesy of Dan Blank

PS 123 in Harlem  |  Photo curtesy of Dan Blank

Brooklyn Museum Children's Book Fair

Brooklyn Museum Children's Book Fair

“Lori peaked the curiosity of our students with her smile, gentle manner, and entertaining story. Our early childhood students imitated her every motion as she moved us through A Hop is Up. Our students learned that being creative means to accept mistakes and to just keep trying. We can’t wait to have her visit us again!”

Tiffany Di Benedetto, Reading Specialist
Hamilton Park Montessori

 

"Lori ...was full of energy and kept the students fully engaged (and wanting for more) throughout the presentation. She shared illustrations with the students and taught them about the process of publishing a book and even shared her very own illustrator secrets! What a pleasure it was hosting Lori at our school. We hope she visits again soon!"

Lauren Rodriguez, Library Media Specialist
Saint Saviour Catholic Academy

 

"Lori had a wonderful, personal, and engaging way with our Kindergarten students.  Her presentation taught us that mistakes are opportunities and a natural part of the creative process.  Lori also empowered our students by showing them the beauty and wonder of their collective imaginations.  Lori's enthusiasm for her work and picture books at large was truly infectious and inspiring!"

Patricia Lopez, Librarian
North Ridge Primary School

 

"Lori has a remarkable ability to engage young kids by creating an environment that allows even the most hesitant and hard-to-reach student feel like an artist."

Chris O'Falt, Co-Founder
Gowanus Houses Art Collective

 

"Lori... what a delightful pleasure it was to work with you!! You were wonderful with the kids! You hooked us all in and we stayed with you to the end. Your energy and affection for your work was obvious and it was exceptionally refreshing for us to be in your circle."

Chandra R., Teacher
PS 372, The Children's School

 

"I wish all of my guest lecturers were like Lori Richmond. She took charge of the class when she visited… showing us step-by-step how she creates her wonderful type + image illustration. When are you coming back, Lori?"

Stephen Savage, Geisel Award Winning Author-Illustrator / Educator