I am fortunate to be the author of many children's picture books, including the internationally acclaimed classic, "It's MY Body: A book to help teach young children to resist uncomfortable touch" (as Lory Freeman). Because I am able to see the world through children's eyes, my books have been helping and bringing joy to young children for over thirty years, featuring my own illustrations since 2011.
I have over 35 years of highly regarded expertise helping children, teachers, families and other adults who value children. This experience includes teaching and inspiring teachers and university students and replicating therapeutic child and family programs (Relief Nurseries) around Oregon and as far away as Ukraine, writing children’s books that help keep children safe and express their feelings (It’s MY Body, Loving Touches, My Grandma Died and I'm Happy Sad Together; MY Body MY Voice MY Power: A Coloring Journal for Girls); authoring The Young Child as Scientist: A constructivist approach to early childhood science with Christine Chaillé. In 2009, I was honored with the Bertha Holt Award for Service to Homeless Children by Holt International.
Despite this extensive professional success, my most cherished moments are reading to young children as a mother, grandmother and teacher. I delight in encouraging children and adults to share tender and meaningful moments together through my books and pictures and supporting children to tell their own stories.