Praise for Renato and the Lion
“A touching tale about art’s ability to deeply affect both adults and children.” –Kirkus

“A dream story about the power of great art.” –Publisher's Weekly

“...this love letter to Florence should spur diverse conversations, from art to history–to the plight of refugees.” –Booklist (Starred Review)


More to come on this website regarding research and hidden portraits within the illustrations. Barbara is taking care of her newborn daughter, so this element of the website may take a little time to develop. But she is more than happy to discuss the additional layers of history in person!

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Barbara is represented by Rachel Orr of the Prospect Agency.

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The touching, magical story of a boy in a war-torn country and the stone lion that rescues him.

Renato loves his home in Florence, Italy. He loves playing with his friends in the Piazza della Signoria. He loves walking home by the beautiful buildings and fountains with his father in the evenings. And he especially loves the stone lion who seems to smile at him from a pedestal in the piazza. The lion makes him feel safe.

But one day his father tells him that their family must leave. Their country is at war, and they will be safer in America. Renato can only think of his lion. Who will keep him safe?

With luminous watercolor paintings, Barbara DiLorenzo captures the beauty of Florence in this heartwarming and ultimately magical picture book.

PRODUCT DETAILS Hardcover | $17.99 Published by Viking Books for Young Readers Jun 20, 2017 | 44 Pages | 11 x 10-1/2 | 5-7 years | ISBN 9780451476418

Pre-order today! Or come to the book launch event at Books of Wonder in New York City on June 25, 2017 from 1-3pm!