I give children an age-appropriate look at how picture books are created, with a focus on creativity and the joy of imagination!
My presentations are ideal for pre-K through 2nd grade, but can be tailored for children through 5th grade. Your students will see behind-the-scenes of how a book is created and learn the importance of revision—and that sometimes even us pros make mistakes! We’ll finish up with a lively drawing game that always has silly results and leaves kids inspired to create their own characters.
Here are the basics:
Presentations are approximately 40 minutes long, but can be adjusted if needed
Children may be placed in class-sized groups or combined in a large auditorium-style assembly (to be determined with school)
I am happy to sign pre-sold books on the day of the event
Preferred locations are NYC and Long Island (I am Suffolk BOCES approved).
$1,250 per day plus travel reimbursement
School should provide a screen and projector to which I can connect a laptop. For large, auditorium-style settings, sound amplification is required. If a projector and mic are not available, I can do an analog version of the presentation in a classroom setting only. School should also provide an easel and large drawing pad approximately 18x24” in size. I bring my own markers!
A Special Note from Lori
Thank you so much for your interest in having me present at your school! Meeting an author is always a wonderful experience for children and leaves them inspired to create their own stories and drawings. As a parent of young kids myself, I respect and admire the work done by educators—you are true heroes! I also see first-hand how tight school budgets are for special events such as inviting an author, which is why I keep my day rate fair and reasonable. It covers not only my time to appear on the day of the event, but also the extensive preparation I do in advance to ensure a great experience for all.
I also realize there are special circumstances, so I donate one presentation per calendar year based on need. Please contact me if you feel your school may qualify.
“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