Media Kit

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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.

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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; The Crystal Kite Award (Atlantic Region) 2023, Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Younger Readers of 2022, Nerdy Book Award 2022: Nonfiction Picture Books, Shelf Awareness 2022 Best Books of the Year, Powell’s Books Best Books of 2022,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

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

Upcoming and Selected Past Events:

Book Talk & Signing, Kiwanis of Lakeland, Florida, July 14, 2023

Florida Children’s Museum, July, 2023

Bird in Hand Storytime, June 17, 2023

Hooray for Books! Storytime, June 3, 2023

Book Signing, Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival, April 16, 2023

Book Signing Barns of Rose Hill Local Author Event, April 8, 2023

Storytime, Craft, and Signing, The Open Book, Virginia, March 25, 2023

Storytime and Signing, Birch Tree Bookstore, March 19, 2023

National Read Across America Day Virtual Storytimes, March 2, 2023

World Read Aloud Day Virtual Storytimes, February 2, 2023

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

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“The Mysterious World of Mushrooms,” Tree of Life Christian Prep School, 3rd & 4th graders, Virtual, Virginia, October 14, 2022

Storytime & Craft, Rust Library, Virginia, October 22, 2022

Storytime & Craft, Tombolo Books, Florida, October 1, 2022

“What It’s Like to be an Author,” Cleveland Court Elementary, 2nd graders, Florida, September 21, 2022

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

Storytime & Craft, Samuels Library, Virginia, September 7, 2022

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

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

Selected Interviews and Blog Posts