Lori Veraldi Alexander
Lori Alexander loves to read and write! She has written picture books like BACKHOE JOE (Harper, 2014) and FAMOUSLY PHOEBE (Sterling, 2017) as well as the FUTURE BABY board book series (Scholastic, 2019). She also writes non-fiction chapter books, such as ALL IN A DROP (2019), a Junior Library Guild Selection, and A SPORTING CHANCE (2020), both from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Lori resides in sunny Tucson, Arizona, with her scientist husband and two book loving kids. She runs when it’s cool (rarely) and swims when it’s hot (often). Then she gets back to reading and writing.
A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttman Created the Paralympic Games (April 2020, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Written by Lori Alexander, Illustrated by Alan Drummond
Dedicating his life to patients labeled "incurables," Ludwig Guttmann fought for the rights of paraplegics to live a full life. The young doctor believed—and eventually proved—that physical movement is key to healing, a discovery that led him to create the first Paralympic Games. Told with moving text and lively illustrations, and featuring the life stories of athletes from the Paralympic Games Ludwig helped create, this story of the man who saved lives through sports will inspire readers of all backgrounds.