Barbara DiLorenzo is the author/illustrator of Renato and the Lion (Viking, forthcoming). She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and painting at the Art Students League of New York. In 2014 she received the Dorothy Markinko Scholarship Award from the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature, as well as signature member status in the New England Watercolor Society. Barbara currently lives in New Jersey, with her husband and son. She teaches at the Arts Council of Princeton, and is co-president of the Children’s Book Illustrators Group of New York.
But that bio sounds so boring. Here are some fun facts about Barbara. She has gone skydiving, hang gliding, and whitewater rafting. She loves to surf, and has driven across the U.S. with her 8-year old son so he could collect Junior Ranger badges from various National Parks. During that trip, where they mostly camped in a tent, Barbara’s biggest fear was of a bear attack. However, it was exposure to water where the brain-eating amoeba lived that almost got them! (In Yellowstone–be careful there folks.)
She has traveled to Italy several times, mostly to visit her husband’s family. Between sophomore and junior year in college, Barbara spent 6 months living in Bolivia to volunteer at a school for deaf children. Her host family thought it was hilarious that she was terrified of the local spiders that were big and hairy. She used to listen to Dr. Demento as a kid, and loves Fawlty Towers, Monty Python, Dr. Who and Jimmy Buffett. Her favorite book as a kid was The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White.
Her website is at www.barbaradilorenzo.com.