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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

Born in Chicago, Lori currently lives in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lori Degman is a teacher of deaf/hard of hearing children in Lake County. Lori's 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 both of Degman's books can be found on her [ website].

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Titles At Your Library

1 Zany Zoo
ISBN: 1416989900

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2010

Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories New Author Contest
Illinois Reads Book List
South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominee

Have you ever wondered what happens at the zoo before the gates open? Foxes who steal keys, beavers who cook chili, hyenas who play the blues...when no one is looking, anything can happen! Readers won't believe the antics of these wacky animals, and they'll have a blast counting along with the simple text as they encounter each increasingly crazy creature. First-time illustrator Colin Jack's unique retro style paired with contest winner Lori Degman's enthusiastic words provide an entertaining peek inside the zaniest zoo around!

ISBN: 1939547075

Creston Books. 2014

2015 International Literacy's Book Award - Honor Book for Primary Fiction

When Rooster leaves for a week at the beach, the other animals must pick up the slack and perform Rooster's cock-a-doodle duty - to wake Farmer McPeeper. The animals soon learn that McPeeper's a very deep sleeper and he sleeps the entire week. Rooster finally returns, with the first surprise twist of the story, which leads to the hilarious twist ending that will have readers crowing with laughter.


''One Zany Zoo'', 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book

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