Media Kit

Author Bio

Laura K. Zimmermann is a college professor by day and children’s writer by night. She has a PhD in developmental psychology and has published numerous academic articles as well as nonfiction stories in children’s magazines. MUSHROOM RAIN is her first picture book. When she’s not writing, Laura can be found teaching and conducting research at Shenandoah University or wandering through nature with her Goldendoodle, Tivy. Online you can find her at @LauraK_PBwriter on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

She is represented by Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez at Context Literary.

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Want to know more? Visit my About page.



MUSHROOM RAIN by Laura K. Zimmermann, Illustrated by Jamie Green

ISBN: 978-1-53411-150-9; Jacketed Hardcover; ages 4-8; Published March 2022 by Sleeping Bear Press

Audio, & Video formats published by Dreamscape Publishing

Short Description: Explore the wonderful, mysterious, and sometimes bizarre world of mushrooms and how they help create rain.

Full Description: What can smell like bubble gum, glow neon green at night, be poisonous and yet still eaten by humans, and even help create rain? The answer is mushrooms! From their hidden networks underground to the fruiting body above, mushrooms can do incredible things. But don’t call them plants—mushrooms are fungi. They’re more closely related to animals like you! Through lyrical text and colorful, detailed artwork, the wonderful, mysterious, and sometimes bizarre world of mushrooms is explored. Back matter includes a glossary, additional mushroom facts, and a science activity.

Honors: Junior Library Guild Selection; School Library Journal Starred Review

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For purchase links, a free teacher’s guide, and other activities, see the Mushroom Rain page.

Contact Information

Laura K. Zimmermann, PhD


School Visits and Events

Author at School Visit

For information about setting up school visits and other events use the Contact form.

Upcoming and Selected Past Events:

Featured Presenter, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Homeschool Programs, November 17, 2022

Story Time & Craft, Rust Library, October 22, 2022

Story Time & Craft (hosted by the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art), Tombolo Books, October 1, 2022

Book Talk, St. Petersburg South Community Library, September 24, 2022

Cleveland Court Elementary, 2nd grade, September 21, 2022

Nature Fun-Day, Polk’s Nature Discovery Center, September 10, 2022

Story Time & Craft, Samuels Library, September 7, 2022

“Mushroom Munchers,” Science Museum of Western Virginia, July 29, 2022

“How MUSHROOM RAIN Grew” Presentation, Shenandoah University Children’s Literature Conference, June 23, 2002

Story Time & Coloring, John P. Holt Brentwood Library, June 11, 2022

Story Time & Craft, Fairytales Bookstore, June 10, 2022

Story Time, Wordplay Bookstore, June 4, 2022

Mushroom Craft, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, April 23, 2022

Quarles Elementary, 2nd and 3rd grade classes, April 22, 2022

Selected Interviews and Blog Posts