Three Times A Charm With Lori Calabrese

Three Times a Charm is a weekly feature that spotlights authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the children’s publishing industry.

This week I’m thrilled to welcome Lori Calabrese. Lori is one busy lady. I see her everywhere around the internet. So naturally, I had to invite her to join us here on Strands of Thought. Here’s more on Lori:

Lori Calabrese is an award-winning children’s author. Her first picture book, The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade, was awarded DFP’s Best Children’s Book Award. She writes for various children’s magazines, is the National Children’s Books Examiner at and enjoys sharing her passion for children’s books at festivals, schools and events. Visit her website to learn more,

Lori, please tell us more about your award winning book.

The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade (picture book: ages 4-8)

Ignoring his runny nose and worsening cold, Matt's single minded-pursuit of a rare bug wreaks havoc on his school, his teacher and his classmates.
This amusing picture book celebrates the ambitious spirit of a third-grader as he tries to study, and uncover a distinct insect on the brink of extinction. Young readers will be buzzing as they follow Matt’s quest to win his school’s Bug-A-Fair. Or will he create a third-grade epidemic?
Sounds adorable!

Now, for the Threes. Share with us your top 3’s to help us know you a little better.

  • Top 3 books you’ve read in the past year.

-Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson: I couldn't get enough of this book and found it to be an enthralling read. Not only are the characters irresistible, you'll want to reach into the book to hug Jessa, choke Sean, pat Carissa on the back, and laugh with Tyler.
-Juniper Berry by M.P. Kozlowsky: Certainly, temptation is everywhere we go in life, but not falling into that temptation is the real challenge and Kozlowsky reminds us of that in this dark, mysterious tale that I loved.
-The Beautiful Dead: Summer by Eden Maguire: What if you died by a strange and sudden circumstance and had the opportunity to come back to right the wrong and bring about justice? I just think it’s one of the coolest concepts for a book and I can’t get enough of this series!

  • Top 3 illustrators.

-Mark Teague
-Elizabeth Dulemba (happy day after your birthday, Elizabeth!)
-Peter Brown

  • Top 3 songs on your play list.

-Never Say Never by Justin Beiber
-Chances by Five for Fighting
-September by Daughtry

Fabulous choices! Talent abounds in your choices for entertainment and my tbr list just grew!

Lori, where can curious readers learn more about you and all that you do?

Thank you for participating in this week’s Three Times A Charm, Lori. It was a pleasure to have you visit us. Best of luck to you and your Bug!



  1. Lori's awesome! And thanks for the birthday wishes - ha! :) e

  2. Thanks for having me, Kai! After spending two hours getting our wifi working again this morning, this was a nice treat. So much fun! =)

  3. Great interview! My son would adore this book :D He's going into grade 1 and has such a sense of humor, he'd get a real kick out of this story.

  4. Elizabeth, thanks for stopping by. Hope you had a terrific birthday.

    Lori, it was fun having you visit. Thanks for doing so. Hope your wifi behaves.

    Leanne - Enjoy the book :D Thanks for reading & commenting!



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