Welcome to Dorina Kids Books! If you’re a parent, teacher or student looking for books that will introduce you to new cultures and countries, you are in the right place. I write about places I’ve lived and visited around the world. I want children to discover themselves in my books!

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I fell in love with words when I was a little girl. My mama used to read books to me before bed and recite poetry. The words of Robert Frost and Langston Hughes danced in my head each night as I drifted off to sleep…

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Author Talks

I love to do Author Talks for individual classes, school assemblies and special events. This is a great way to connect personally with readers and allow them to ask questions about publishing, writing, and culture.

Click on my flyer above for details and pricing. Feel free to reach out to me if you would like to create a customized event or need to work within a certain budget.

Because of the current situation with “sheltering at home” and COVID-19, I’m offering discounted class presentations via Zoom. These “Author Talk” presentations include a reading of my award-winning children’s book, Cora Cooks Pancit, and a Q&A time. I’m happy to incorporate any standards or language concepts if desired.

Fee: $50/30 minutes for a class of 20 students or less. Customized presentations for larger online assemblies also available.

If you want more ideas about how to use my book in the classroom, I have a Teacher’s Guide here. Check it out!

Here’s an example of me reading my book for a Storytime:




Cora Cooks Pancit

Cora Cooks Pancit

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Cora loves being in the kitchen, but she always gets stuck doing the kid jobs like licking the spoon. One day, however, when her older sisters and brother head out, Cora finally gets the chance to be Mama’s assistant chef. And of all the delicious Filipino dishes that dance through Cora’s head, she and Mama decide to make pancit, her favorite noodle dish.

With Mama’s help, Cora does the grown-up jobs like shredding the chicken and soaking the noodles (perhaps Mama won’t notice if she takes a nibble of chicken or sloshes a little water on the floor). Cora even gets to stir the noodles in the pot—carefully– while Mama supervises. When dinner is finally served, her siblings find out that Cora did all their grown-up tasks, and Cora waits anxiously to see what everyone thinks of her cooking.

Dorina Lazo Gilmore’s text delightfully captures the warmth between mother and daughter as they share a piece of their Filipino heritage. With bright and charming illustrations by Kristi Valiant, Cora’s family comes alive as Cora herself becomes the family’s newest little chef.

**Interested in a signed copy of the book? Fill out the contact form and we can ship you one!

Cora Cooks Pancit - App

Cora Cooks Pancit – Digital App

Do you absolutely love Cora Cooks Pancit? Now’s your chance to get this wonderful book on your mobile devices and tablets. Introducing the Cora Cooks Pancit app for both iOS and Android!

The app features the entire book, including its beautiful illustrations, glossary, and pancit recipe. In addition, it has a “read to me” option that features author Dorina Lazo Gilmore herself reading the book. All this for only $3.99, a fraction of the hardcover price.

A Stone in the Soup

A Stone In The Soup: A Hmong girl’s journey to the United States

This story combines the adventures of a Hmong girl as she journeys to the United States with the “stone soup” fable popular in many cultures. Learn more about Pa and how making stone soup gathered a new community of friends for her.

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