Born in Genoa, illustrator Anna Pirolli moved to Milan to study illustration at the European Institute of Design, where she graduated in 2001. She has worked as a freelance illustrator and art director for companies such as Mondadori, Pearson, Vogue, MTV, Kinder Ferrero, Telecom, Nickelodeon, Furla, Zecchino d’oro, Disney, following the creative process from concept to creation. She's also a visiting professor at the Accademia di Brera in Milan, where she teaches design applied to the arts. Despite her love for traditional techniques, her artwork is mostly digital. Ironically, her dream-like, suspended atmospheres often don't look digital at all. Her first picture book, I Hate My Cats, written by Davide Calì, was published by Chronicle Books in October 2018.
Alessandra Stanga is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator based in Italy. Her artistic background lets her move through styles and creative solutions, always preserving her clean and unique style.
Alessandra’s illustrations are evocatively inspired by the 1940s through to the 60s style with a keen admiration for Milt Kahl, Norman Rockwell, J. P. Miller art.
Guitarist, movie lover and curious Designer, Alessandra is always looking for new tricks or technology tools to leash her creativity.
Claudia is an illustrator and comic book artist born in 1985 in Tuscany, where she currently lives and works. She graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Perugia, then worked as a stop-motion animator for an exciting short period before starting freelance life. She mostly works on children's books for publishers and on personal projects. When she’s not working you can find her buried in literary classics and ghost stories, walking in the woods or watching old movies. Her first graphic novel written by author Andrea Fontana was published by Editrice Il Castoro in Italy in March 2020.
Davide Panizza was born in Trento on a lucky Friday 17 of 1992. As a child he began to draw anything, so he decided to attend the course of Graphic Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino and the MiMaster Illustrazione in Milan where he experimented with his passion for children's literature. He lives and works in Trento dividing his days as an graphic designer for the theatre and as a freelance illustrator. He finally managed to reconcile his passion for illustrated books and western movies by writing and drawing The Ballad of Benty Breight (Lavieri edizioni 2018).
Elisa was born in Bologna in 1989 but grew up in the countryside surrounding the city, together with her very unique mate, her little cat Minù. Since she was young, she’s loved drawing and inventing stories anytime and anywhere. Her mum always said she was born holding a pencil in her hand. She always keeps her notebook and pen handy when she goes around, ready to write down whatever comes to mind.
Her passion drove her to the Artistic high school of Bologna and then to the Academy of Fine Arts where passion merged up with drawing techniques in a very passionate environment. Still keeping Bologna in her heart, she now lives in Milan working as a children book's illustrator, surrounded by a laptop, much software, graphic pens... her husband and her son, but still with many, many sheets of paper and colours for always writing and drawing new stories.
Federico Taddia has been playing and working with children and teenagers for more than ten years. He is a journalist and television author. He hosted Screensaver on Rai Tre, L’Altrolato on Radio2 and Pappappero on Radio24. He is part of Fiorello's team of authors and collaborates with the Ballarò program; he writes for Mickey Mouse, Style Piccoli and La Stampa. He also won the Alberto Manzi Award for educational communication.
Gloria Danili was born in Monza in a house full of history and philosophy books. She worked as a window dresser, set designer for TV commercials and author of children's TV programmes.
Some wonderful "children's" books read "as an adult" marked her turning point towards storytelling and her passion for children's literature.
Today she lives in London in a house full of picture books and children's books, and when she writes she enjoys imagining the characters of those stories perched next to her, preparing her a cup of tea and blowing her ideas for her new stories.
Marco Cattaneo is a journalist and host of Sky Sport, as well as a children's book author. He wrote the series “Uncle Billy and his friends” - published by Salani - with Alessandro Costacurta. He also published the free ebook Our Match with Rizzoli, to tell children about the fight against Coronavirus through the metaphor of football.
From Turin, Stefano Garzaro has worked extensively in school publishing. He has published numerous researches on local history and received a mention at the Cesare Pavese Prize with his novel Ventinove sottozero.
Angelo Mozzillo was born in Naples in 1988 and lives in Milan. A collector of stories, he always likes to discover new ones and, when he can’t find any, he invents his own. He shuffles and rearranges words like a deck of cards, giving us stories, scripts, articles and nursery rhymes.
“Io sono foglia” (Bacchilega Junior, 2020), "Giacomino Già che sei in piedi" (Biancoenero, 2020), “Quanto è piccolo il mondo" (VerbaVolant, 2019), "Viola e la luna" (Nomos, 2019), "Il Natale dell'orco Narice" (Eli La Spiga, 2019), "Abita qui Mimì?" (VerbaVolant, 2018).
Dimitri Galli Rohl lives and works in Lucca, in Tuscany.
With a degree from the A. N. A. D. (Accademia Nazionale d'Arte drammatica “Silvio D'Amico”), he is an actor, director and theatrical pedagogue active throughout Italy.
Since 2016, he has collaborated with Book on a Tree, publishing two children's books; the first, “Il romanzo di Holly e Benji” was published by Mondadori in 2017, while “Kappa O.” for Einaudi (“Carta Bianca” series) arrived in bookshops in the spring of 2019. In the same year, the publishing house Marcos y Marcos published “Il Silenzio dei Gondolieri” by William Goldman, the first translation from American English, while during the “Lucca Comics and Games” event, the special edition of “La Principessa Sposa” - also written by Goldman, and personally curated by Dimitri - also came out with Marcos.
Gisella Laterza, while at university, began collaborating with the “Corriere della Sera”, editorial office in Bergamo. An editor advised her: “To do this job well, you have to hunt for stories, step by step, consuming your shoes”. Since then, she hasn't stopped writing and travelling. Possibly on foot, and possibly getting lost.
In 2018, she was among those selected in the “A caccia di storie” contest and began to work for Book on a Tree. Her latest books are the collection of fairy tales “La signora dei gomitoli” and the novel “Di me diranno che ho ucciso un angelo”, both published by Rizzoli.
Her website is https://gisellalaterza.blogspot.com.
Igor is a Chief Commissioner of the Penitentiary Police, while Paola is a support teacher in primary schools. They are a couple both in life and in writing. Screenwriters of animated cartoons, their books have been published in several countries.
Ever since she was a child, Tea has loved making up stories, comics and even whole magazines. Fortunately, over the years, her passion for writing has not faded...
Today she is a screenwriter of animated series and an author of comics, books and magazines for children.
She writes in both English and Italian and her days are spent in the company of princesses, fairies and other fantastic characters, always ready to experience fun adventures on television or on the printed page.
She lives in Parma with her family and two cute little dogs and she loves travelling around the world, looking for ideas that can inspire new stories yet to be told.