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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lori Degman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Degman was born in Chicago and currently lives in Vernon Hills.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lori Degman was a teacher of the deaf and hard-of-hearing and is now a full-time author. Her debut picture book, ''1 Zany Zoo'' was the winner of the 2008 Cheerios New Author Contest and was released by Simon & Schuster in July, 2010. It received the Gold Mother's Choice Award for Picture Book Humor in 2012. Teacher's Guides for Degman's books can be found on her website.


One Zany Zoo

Winner, Cheerios New Author Contest, 2010

Gold Mother's Choice Award for Picture Book Humor, 2012

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013


Honor Book for Primary Fiction, International Literacy Association, 2015

Just Read!

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020

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Selected Titles At Your Library

1 zany zoo /
ISBN: 1416989900. OCLC Number: 303891606

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

When one fearless fox grabs the zookeeper's keys and opens all the cages, increasing numbers of animals behave in most unusual ways.

Cock-a-doodle oops!
ISBN: 9781939547071. OCLC Number: 861744806

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While the rooster is gone, the pig, cow, sheep, and other farm animals attempt to rouse Farmer McPeeper with cock-a-doodle SQUEAL, cock-a-doodle MOO, and cock-a-doodle BAAAA, with hilarious results--

Just read! /
ISBN: 1454925728. OCLC Number: 1085544799

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Rhyming text celebrates reading in its many forms as it follows a diverse group of children who read wherever and whenever they can.

Like a Girl
ISBN: 145493302X. OCLC Number:

Sterling Children's Books. .

Once upon a time, "like a girl" was considered an insult. Not anymore! In art, aviation, politics, sports, every walk of life, girls are demonstrating their creativity, perseverance, and strength. From civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who stood up for her beliefs by staying seated, to astronaut Sally Ride, who soared to the skies, the 24 women profiled here took risks, acted up, broke barriers, and transformed the world. With its simple yet powerful text, this book will inspire young women everywhere.

Norbert's big dream /
ISBN: 1585369594. OCLC Number: 939426305

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Norbert has always dreamed of swimming the English Channel, and though he trains every day, he realizes he does not know where it is, but his pig friends help him succeed in his swimming quest.

Travel guide for monsters /
ISBN: 1534110372. OCLC Number: 1107442760

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Illustrations and easy-to-read text provide guidance for the tourist who wishes to bring a monster along to visit national parks and other locations across the United States.