Lori Ries

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Junior Library Guild Selection 2010
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book/ CCBC Choices 2011
Cybil Award Finalist /Bank Street Best Books of the year 2010 /Maryland Library Association Blue Crab Young Readers Award
New From Boyds Mills Press! Oregon Book Award Finalist/ Bank Street College Best Books of the Year 2009
Horn Book Fanfare List: Best books of 2006/2007 Oregon Book Award Finalist Nick Jr. Family Magazine's Best Children's Books of 2006/ The Bank Street College Best Books of the Year 2006/
Parenting Magazine Best Books November 2006 Parenting Picks
Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year/ The Friends Medallion 2007 Special Award
Children's Choices 2005

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Discover Your Family Stories

October 10, 2018

Tags: family, story, history, create, write

My husband and I just did a fun shoot with a friend at our cabin. Our Cabin was built in 1937 and it sits on the Oregon Trail. These walls are filled with generations of story. With a steamy hot cup of cocoa with snowy melting marshmallows dancing inside the rim, the wood table is my favorite place to write.

Have you ever asked your parents what the world was like when they were young? What did your grandparents do before cell phones and internet? Where did they play? Who were their friends? What was their biggest surprise as a child?

Asking relatives to share life experiences can open up all kinds of stories. A favorite family story (once told to me) happened long before I was born. My grandparents lived on a farm, and you know what else lives on farms? Garden snakes. I was told that one time my uncle put a garden snake in my grandmother's dish water. Can you imagine reaching into sudsy water for a dishcloth and pulling out a soapy snake? What would you do, if that happened to you?

Stories are what make our families' histories unique.
Have fun discovering the stories within your family.

Finding Grit

September 19, 2018

Autumn brings bright energy with its crisp morning air. I'm excited for tasty spiced pumpkin cookies, freshly picked apples, sweet butternut squash, zesty beef stews, warm sweaters and Halloween fun. I love autumn.

I joined a new writing organization called ANWA, which stands for American Night Writers Association. Their conference in Arizona was fabulous and just what was needed to re-energize and wrap up some works in progress. I'm now on to something new and exciting. Before the sun, I'm showing up to the page at Five. This is my new goal. Since the conference, I've been on task.

Wonderful new friends joined me at the ANWA Conference. I love connecting with other writers. I attended a local SCBWI conference in May as well. School has begun and so have school visits. It's going to be a great year. A year for grit.

I'm ready for this new season of beginnings, are you?
What will you try that is new?

Seasons Greetings, Reader Friends!

November 27, 2017

This year has been filled with travel and change.
In Alaska, we enjoyed the bears and wolves of Denali, the whales playing in Glacier Bay, zip lining through forest, and landing in a small plane on a glacier. In Israel, we experienced the great fortress of Masada and saw tiles that still line the floor of Herod's palace, (more…)

Time Out for Learning

April 23, 2015

Meet Molly. Molly is a German Shepherd. German Shepherds are known as "working dogs."
For those of you that keep emailing me asking about new Aggie Books, unfortunately, Charlesbridge has decided that the series is complete.

The Aggie books are still available, however, and who knows what new characters will be born as I experience (more…)

To New Adventures on the Hill

March 3, 2014

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It's hard to believe how quickly the year has flown. It's nearly springtime again. We welcomed a beautiful new granddaughter, so we now have (more…)

New Beginnings

January 14, 2013

Happy New Year, Everyone!

This last academic, 2011-2012, year many changes came. I was teaching early morning seminary to a wonderful class of high school sophomores. My days began at 4 am, and it was great to begin each morning with these happy energetic teenagers (more…)

Onward and Upward!

November 4, 2011

Autumn is filled with color and I love driving country roads where the trees are filled with crimson, gold, and autumn hues.

So much has changed along with the scenery. This past year (more…)

Springing Into Summer

May 28, 2011

May brought three back to back travel writing events. It was exciting,

First, I visited Chemeketa Community College of Salem. The drive was lovely, about an hour, and I got to see charming farm county and learn where St. Paul is. It was fun to arrive (more…)

A Season of Learning

January 12, 2011

Good things are afoot for the start of 2011.

The Aggie Series is beginning to grow in visibility and it's exciting to watch. Aggie has a new book coming out this next spring, AGGIE GETS LOST. In May (more…)

Moving On

July 22, 2010

Summer is here and so much has happened.

Our family moved, switched houses, cities, and landscape. Now we live in the country. It's quiet, beautiful, and critter happy. The views here breathe serenity. It's inspiring, my personal writer's paradise.

Another Highlights Writing From the Heart retreat is come and gone, (more…)