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I'm so thrilled that RENATO AND THE LION was listed in the 2018 list of Best Children's Books of the Year for Bank Street! It was even more fun to see several friends included in the list as well. I was happy to learn that my son's former teacher uses the Bank Street lists in her teaching workshops. What an honor to be included! This is from their website: "In choosing books for the annual list, committee members consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes."

RENATO AND THE LION was also listed as a Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2018 by the Children's Book Council. Hooray! I wish I could visit every classroom to talk about the history involved!

RENATO AND THE LION was a Fall 2017 Junior Library Guild selection. Knowing that the book is making its way into classrooms and libraries is so special. I love visiting schools and libraries to expand on the layers I intentionally put into the illustrations, specific to the time period and the history.


Currently I'm booking speaking engagements for FALL 2018 and WINTER 2019. I've enjoyed my first year of author visits, and find that sharing my love of books, writing, and the artistic process are the most fun this side of publishing. This past year I visited schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania: Slackwood, Copper Hill, Buckingham, Wanammassa. I've also done library visits for: Hightstown, Somerville, and Princeton Public Libraries. It was also a treat to participate in an author panel at the Pennsylvania Writing and Literacy Project.

I have presented to children and babies for storytime, elementary students during school visits, and teens and adults in classes and panels. I'm happy to tailor my program to your school, library or conference.

For teaching materials, please visit and To book a visit, please contact me. My rates are posted on the speaking engagements page.


Here are some of the independent bookstores that I will be visiting this spring:

Labyrinth Books in Princeton, NJ - April 7, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Books of Wonder in Manhattan - April 8, 2018 at 4 p.m. (With Airlie Anderson!)
Little City Books in Hoboken, NJ - April 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. (With Patricia Keeler and Deb Cuneo)
The Book Shop of Beverly Farms, MA - April 21, 2018 at 10 a.m.
Farley's Bookshop - April 28, 2018 at 1 p.m.

It's always so fun to see people–so stop by if you can and say hello! For the most up-to-date times, please look at the calendar below.


I am very excited to partner with Jennifer Hansen Rolli and Katey Howes for the Brooklyn Book Festival this September, 2018! I may also have the chance to participate in the Princeton Children's Book Festival again–we are all awaiting confirmation!


This spring I will be teaching two watercolor classes aimed at beginners and intermediate painters. The intermediate class will paint en plein air.

This summer I will be teaching camps for teens–watercolor, drawing, illustration, color theory and more!

For the 2018/2019 academic year, I am designing a three session course for children's book illustrators. We have had enthusiasm for children's illustration classes in the past, but the sessions are too short to pull together meaningful stories, portfolios and book dummies. My hope is that this Fall / Winter / Spring course will allow students the time and space to explore their style and different media, while also providing time to polish their work for submission. The spring session will conclude with a critique by a guest editor or agent.

In addition to these classes, I'm the Arts Council of Princeton Outreach Program Coordinator, as well as the Program Coordinator for ArtsExchange. If you are interested in volunteering for ArtsExchange, or would like your school or health care facility to benefit from art classes, please contact me.


For children and adults eager to further their artistic skills, I am available for private art lesson. If you are interested, please contact me.


CBIG, the Children’s Book Illustrators Group, is a New York City-based group of illustrators and author-illustrators who create high-quality work for children’s publishing and media. For illustrators that are interested in attending this meeting (non-members included) please contact me or visit the CBIG website for more information. Below are our meeting dates:

  • Sunday May 6, 2018 from 2-5pm
    Erica de Chavez
  • Sunday September 16, 2018 from 2-5pm
    Speaker to be determined
  • Annual Portfolio Review - November 2018

Blog with some of my PB friends
I'm so thrilled to be a part of this group of talented and fun people. Writing and illustrating can be lonely, so to have some critique partners to liven up the day makes the journey more enjoyable. Visit our blog. Drawn to Picture Books includes: Deborah Cuneo, Mike Ciccotello, Diana Ting Delosh, Barbara DiLorenzo, Patricia Keeler, Jason Kirschner

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Barbara DiLorenzo is represented by
Rachel Orr of the Prospect Agency.
Contact Rachel at rko(at) for more information.

She is also a teacher at the Arts Council of Princeton,
co-president of the Children's Book Illustrators Group,
an artist member of the Society of Illustrators,
a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society,
an artist member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club,
an artist member of the Art Students League of New York,
a Published and Listed (PAL) member of the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators,
and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA Illustration).

Phone: (347) 577-2921
Email: wavepaint(at)
Location: Hopewell, NJ

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