|Photo by Renee Edy|
Her latest books, Dream Something Big The Story of Simon Rodia and the Watts Towers and A Butterfly Is Patient, are both receiving rave reviews.
The Moon Over Star, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, received a Coretta Scott Honor, 2009. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama chose The Moon Over Star to read at an inner-city school in Washington, D.C. in February ’09.
In addition to writing for children, Dianna has established an annual Teen Writer’s Workshop for underprivileged Mexican teens and manages her non-profit foundation, The Oz Project. The Oz Project provides inspirational experiences to children in orphanages, rural villages, and children with special needs, encouraging kids to dream without limits. As a hot air balloon enthusiast, she primarily accomplishes the mission of The Oz Project with hot air ball rides.
Formerly of Texas, she now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she is busy collecting rocks, studying bugs and riding motorcycles.