Loredana Cunti was born the middle child between two brothers in an Italian immigrant family. She was raised outside Kleinburg, Ontario, and counted feeding the chickens among her chores when she was little.#As a child, Loredana preferred sports to writing and reading. She often got into trouble at school for talking too much, but eventually this served her well as she began winning speech contests and drama awards.#She began her career in radio as a guest host on a Jamaican radio program and then on a multicultural radio station featuring Italian, Chinese, German, Indian and other world music programs. She eventually worked in children’s entertainment as an executive producer of animated programs, and moved to England, where she went on to become Senior Vice President of Children’s Programming at Universal Pictures.#She spent many years traveling and working and has lived in many cities, including London, New York, Paris, Los Angeles and Rome. While living in Paris, she became a mother of two and a Cordon Bleu Pastry Chef.#Loredana moved back to Canada with her family after nearly 17 years away and wanted to spend more time with her children than traveling the world. Inspired by her childrens’ dreams to go to space, she started writing and co-authored the award-winning Dr. Dave Astronaut series of four junior nonfiction books.#She realized that while sitting and writing, she could travel anywhere her imagination would take her and still be home in time for the after-school pickup.#She is passionate about sharing stories of culture and family through food. She loves inventing stories around fun facts, coaching kids’ soccer, eating cake, cooking and listening to all kinds of music. Her hobbies are cooking festive foods and learning a few words in any language she can. She plans to keep writing as long as the little friends in her brain want her to tell their stories.
2020 - Shining Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers` Choice Awards, Finalist
2019 - Rueben Award — Book Illustration Category, National Cartoonists Society, Nominated
Picture BooksKarate Kakapo, 2019