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El Paso, TX

For Teachers

who teach writing


"I just overheard a couple of students in the hallway talking about the author visit - they want to be famous archeologists when they grow up - lots of dreams were created today - thank you for such a great presentation."  Lisa

Professional Development:

Speaking to Teachers About Writing


Overview of Dave and Pete's book and How it Fits with the Common Core




In Schools

Darien, CT, Times


School Visits

Adventure Assemblies &

Writing Workshops



Audible Audiobooks




Students Explore Storytelling: Writing Around the World

(Edutopia Profile) february 2010 issue




Teaching Adventure Writing & Digital Storytelling at Middlebury College

Student Adventure Writing & Digital Storytelling Projects

Middlebury College


2015 sp




2012 f




March 9, 2014

Hi Peter,

I can't begin to tell you how many children thought you were the best author ever!!! They loved hearing about your adventures, research and family tales. It was a unique experience for all.

Elyse Kushel
Library Media Specialist
Sea Cliff School
Long Island, NY



Receiving a certificate and polar bear from Defenders of Wildlife in DC for the donation made in honor of Altamont Elementary School.

Thanks, Kids!!


Hudson Presentation in Schools: Description

A School Prepares for Peter's Visit


Using Wikipedia in Research (a wonderful esploration of how to use wikipedia in student research and writing)


Good Writing is indeed Detailed Writing



Some wonderful students at Mohansic Elementary School this week caught the spirit of

the writing workshop!!

Thank you

Sophia and Laura

May 9, 2012 Interview with 3rd Graders at Mohansic Elementary in Yorktown Heights, NY



March 11, 2014

Hi, Peter,

I wanted to pass on a couple of priceless grade 3/4 student comments after seeing you. My favorites:

"A final thing I learned was how to catch piranhas. They look cute, but never trust them."

"Man, he is very, very funny. He made me feel like I was going to laugh my eyeballs out."

Thanks again,


Lyn Lauffer
Sheldon Elementary School
Sheldon, VT 05483



Hudson River Video



This one-hour video stemmed from Peter Lourie's historic journey down the Hudson. In 1995 Syracuse University Press published "River of Mountains: A Canoe Journey Down the Hudson," the journal of Lourie's three-week trip down the entire 315-mile length of the Hudson River from the river's source in the Adirondack Mountains to the sea. The book combines his personal experiences with descriptions of the landscape and natural features. On the upper Hudson, Lourie vividly describes exciting whitewater rides--some wild, some slow. On the lower river he captures the joys of crowded paddling. Throughout the book, he provides a historical recounting of the development of civilization along the river. The many people he meets along the way, including loggers, fishermen, guides, and barge pilots, add to the richness of his tale. Before Lourie's trip, there is no record of anyone having made the journey before in the same vessel.


****The Lost Treasure of Captain Kidd

now available as ebook/Kindle/Ipad, etc ***



The Lost Treasure of Captain Kidd: Classroom Activities, Writing exercises, discussion questions

Highlights for Children article

Inca Treasure in the Cloud Forest


How to Build Your Own Multimedia Adventure by Dave Somoza

Book Signing at Schools & BOOK PLATES

“Your three presentations at Driscoll School today were fabulous, 5 star wonders.  What a wonderful mix of storytelling and information.  It was particularly impressive to see how you engaged our third grade students to the same degree as our students in grade 7 and 8. Your presentation included such a variety of ways to present information. The children were riveted from the demonstration of how to pack for a river trip to the great powerpoint display.  The examples of how you keep a digital journal provided a great springboard to writing I know teachers will try.  The students were so entranced by your adventures that we had to prise them out of their seats to go to lunch.  Your writing spans so many topics we teach about in our schools.  Your range of books made it clear to our students that you have traveled the world and brought it back to them. Students were in the library at the end of the day looking for your work. We can't wait to have you back!”

Amy Neale, Librarian, The Driscoll School, Brookline, MA


Dear Mr. Lourie,

I just wanted you to know that you made such an impression on my special-needs students. They struggle in so many areas, but will always remember your visit. We had an English assignment where they had to fill-in-the blank. One of the questions, was "Who is your favorite author?" The whole class said in unison, "Peter Lourie!" They don't always have great recall on information they learn, so this was really BIG for them!

Thank you!

Reta Cook
Special Ed Teacher - 4th and 5th grade
Crosby Elementary School
El Paso, Texas


Printable PDF flyer



See Photos from a Visit and Letters and Drawings from kids






Crossword puzzle handouts

blanks and answers

Keeping a Journal

Contract (Prices) & Book Signing at Schools

Teachers Share Classroom Exercises


"Our goal is to develop a new 5th grade state report project, which blends research with adventure writing. Looking at the way we taught this unit last year, we found that the research portion of this project was very beneficial to the students. However, the writing portion was lacking in creativity and was very fairly unmotivating to the students. This proposed project would maintain the research portion, but would add creativity and excitement to the writing portion. We will also add a portion which will help students to identify similarities and differences between states and regions. "

student papers that came from this unit

David Somoza and Brett Adams

Francis L. Stevens Elementary School
Ballston Lake, NY




When it downloads onto your computer, it will be called

"Photos From A Presentation."

new books:


Book Orders

& Signings...Contact Kerri at ChildrensAuthorsAlly.com


Kerri Kunkel
Children's Authors' Ally LLC
2 Trails End
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 921-1776


For more information about signings, school visits, and ordering books for your school

 contact Pete

Photos of the Author to Print



I've known rivers:

Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers

Langston Hughes