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    About our Author
    Francesca DiPiazza
    Francesca Davis DiPiazza grew up loving the smell of books; but as soon as she saw a computer, she thought, Terrific! more ways to share more words with more people! Online since 1994, she still uses an orange 1970s rotary-dial phone. One of her cultural geography books for Lerner Publishing Group, Zimbabwe in Pictures, won the Society of School Librarians International Book Award.
    Awards
    SSLI Book Award
    AAAS/Subaru SB&
    F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    5 questions for Francesca Davis DiPiazza
    1.
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
    2.
    What’s your favorite line from a book?
    "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show." --First line of David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
    3.
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    Maurice Sendak, Charlotte Brontë, E. B. White
    (also Tove Jansson, Finnish author/illustrator of the Moomin novels and comics)
    4.
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    For me, loving to write is a natural extension of loving to read.
    5.
    Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
    All you have to do is do it! Then keep on doing it.