For Educators

Classroom, Library & Community Connections

“I can’t wait for my students to share Maddy’s compassionate and brave hero’s journey, brimming with circus magic, found family, and self-love. The Circus at the End of the Sea is a perfect classroom read for middle graders.” ~ Holly Couling, Arcata, CA sixth grade teacher

Introduce the Book

Listen to the author read aloud from The Circus at the End of the Sea:

Educator & Librarian Guides

Download the teacher’s guide of your choice, all created by Judie Snyder, retired teacher extraordinaire (and also Lori’s mom!)

Printable Il Circo delle Strade Temporary Tattoos

If you have a laser printer, download this sheet and use specialty temporary tattoo paper to print your own temporary tattoos of Kuma, the winged lion of Il Circo!

Author Visits & Events

“As a former 4th grade language arts and science teacher, I love reminding kids how courageous and powerful they already are—and how much agency they have over their own choices and education.” ~Author Lori R. Snyder


School Visits

At its core, The Circus at the End of the Sea is about discovering the beauty in the world around us, the place where we all belong, and the means to heal our own hearts. In her school visits, Lori often presents mindfulness and/or writing exercises woven together with heart, humor, and scenes from the novel, for a delight-laden Social Emotional Learning exploration.

School visits can be as interactive as you like and are customizable for your school. They can include:

  • Full-school or grade level presentations
  • Individual class or group presentations
  • Lunch with a smaller group of students who particularly love writing
  • After-school workshop
  • Meet the author
  • Q& A time
  • Two free copies of the book mailed after contract signing
  • Chance to pre-order signed copy/copies

Grades:  3-7
Presentation Duration: 45-60 minutes
Fees: $350 per presentation hour + travel

Want to bring me to your school but don’t have the funds? Contact me and let’s see what we can do.


Open to all live or virtual event invitations from bookstores, libraries, community groups, yoga studios, or anyone else who loves books, mindfulness, the sea, circuses, or the amazing world that surrounds us. Why not invite me and partner with the local circus arts community?

Ages: 8-Adult
Presentation Duration: 45-60 minutes
Fees: Varies by content & location