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Welcome to the NEW DiTerlizzi Website!

July 4, 2017

Its hard to believe its been over 20 years since this site launched. Over the last two decades it has been amazing to watch the growth of the internet and how it has shaped our world. My early online presence is due to Jim Gaynor, who was a computer specialist at Ohio State University back …

Jack-o’-Lantern Parade 2015

October 15, 2015

The leaves are changing color. There’s a chill in the air. We’ve placed a cluster of pumpkins on our doorstep, stretched a giant spiderweb across the porch railing and hung rubber bats and spiders from our porch roof. Now its time to decorate for Halloween inside.

A Ted-eriffic Friday Fan Art

October 25, 2013

Our friend, Stacy, and her son, Brody, just finished a school project involving 2 pumpkins, some pink paint, and my favorite picture book.

The Search for a WondLaFul Cover (Part III)

August 2, 2013

After many concept sketches, refined drawings, and color studies, I was finally able to begin the execution of the final artwork for The Battle for WondLa.

November is Picture Book Month

November 13, 2012

New Orleans, Louisiana – November 1, 2012 begins the second annual Picture Book Month. Across the globe, schools, libraries, booksellers, and book lovers are coming together to celebrate the print picture book. 2011 marked the inaugural year for Picture Book Month. A resounding success, it went viral through social media and was even featured on …

Doodling for Dollars

November 5, 2012

If you are in the Pioneer Valley and a lover of kid’s lit, you may want to plan on visiting the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art this Sunday (11/11).

(A Trick-or-Treat) Friday Fan Art

November 2, 2012

I do hope this Friday finds many of you still enjoying Wednesday’s haul of Halloween booty. For our friends in the Tri-state area, I hope you are safe and recovering from that dreadful storm.

Jack-o’-Lantern Parade

October 31, 2012

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays ever. I loved it as a kid. I love it more as an parent.

This Geekdad’s Top 10 Creepy Kid’s Books

October 30, 2012

Wired magazine’s Geekdad blog features a list of some of my favorite spooky stories for kids. Check it out.

New Interview for Girl Scouts

October 8, 2012

I recently did a brief interview for the Girl Scouts of America with a focus on the creation of WondLa.

“Wonders of the Future” WondLa Giveaway!

March 23, 2012

As many of you know, the second installment of The Search for WondLa trilogy is about to hit shelves in May, but here is your chance to read the book and see the art before everybody else – announcing the “Wonders of the Future” Wondla Giveaway Contest!

For Teachers and Librarians

February 5, 2012

Since it will be available paperback come April, Simon and Schuster has created a new discussion guide for The Search for WondLa combined with Kenny and the Dragon (which was just released in paperback).

You Know You’re Getting Old When…

February 3, 2012

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a lot of amazing experiences come to pass in my life as a result of my career in illustration. One that I suppose I wasn’t expecting until much later was a book about me. However, I was pleasantly surprised last year when Abdo Publishing Company, an educational publisher, added …

Doodle 4 Google!

January 19, 2012

Calling all young artists! Imagine getting an opportunity to design the Google logo to be shared and seen by MILLIONS. Then, imagine your artwork gracing the package of a box of Crayola crayons. Now, imagine winning $30,000 in scholarships, plus an additional $50,000 for your school. That, my friends, is the grand prize for a …

Happy Halloween v 2.0

October 28, 2011

As I’ve mentioned in the past, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays for decorating the house, dressing up, and eating my body weight in candy corn. You may even remember my custom Halloween coloring pages designed to emulate vintage decorations posted here last year.

A Story a Day or I Just Can’t Play

October 10, 2011

While touring through the UK last month, I became aware of a wonderful British children’s television series called Bookaboo. Its about a rock-star drumming dog named Bookaboo (who clearly is inspired by Bret Michael’s headwear). Bookaboo won’t play for his band until he is read a picture book – preferably by a celebrity visiting him …

Download some DiTerlizzi!

July 5, 2011

I hope everyone had a fabulous Fourth of July. I took a weekend off from WondLa 2 and enjoyed some food, fireworks and finding fireflies. Also, I uploaded all sorts of DiTerlizzi-themed downloads to the site. If you read about each title under the BOOKS section, you’ll now find lots of cool FREE stuff, like …

New Interview for Scholastic News

June 4, 2011

Back in March, Cecilia Gault of Scholastic News Press Kids Corps interviewed yours truly right after my Today show appearance.

A Holiday Reminisce

December 17, 2010

Kate DiCamillo told me she thinks of herself more as a writer as opposed to an author. I like that. It has less pomposity to it. It suggests “I am one who writes things down” versus “I am a famous author”. Me? I have considered myself more a storyteller who uses words and pictures – …

Happy Halloween!

October 27, 2010

Halloween is one of the favorite holidays at the DiTerlizzi household. I like the costumes, the candy and the traditions – like carving Jack O’ lanterns. I also like anything old, antiquey, or vintage. In fact, if you add the word “vintage” to just about anything, I’ll be into it. I simply love things from …

TIME magazine for Kids Interview

October 4, 2010

Sahil Abbi, a thorough young up-and-coming reporter for TIME magazine for Kids did a great interview with yours truly last week just before the New York City launch event of The Search for WondLa at Books of Wonder (which featured the fabulous Uma Thurman reading chapter 1 while I drew away like a madman). Check …

School Library Journal: WONDLAFUL!

August 17, 2010

Connie Tyrrell Burns, of Mahoney Middle School in South Portland, Maine write a fabulous starred review of The Search for WondLa in the current issue of School Library Journal. Here is my fav part: …The abundant illustrations, drawn in a flat, two-tone style, are lush and enhance readers’ understanding of this unique universe. In addition, …

Updated FAQs

February 23, 2010

Doing a school report titled “Your Favoritist Book Creator of All Time”? When is your college term paper on “The Most Stupendous Writer-Artist-Guy of the 21st Century?” due? Perhaps you want to break into the industry of making books for kids…or perhaps you just need to know more about me than my own parents. Whatever …

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.