Laura Dronzek is a painter whose work has been exhibited nationally. Her picture books include the acclaimed Birds by Kevin Henkes, Oh! by Kevin Henkes, White Is for Blueberry by George Shannon, Tippy-Toe Chick, Go! by George Shannon, Moonlight by Helen V. Griffith., and It Is Night by Phyllis Rowand.
The award-winning, bestselling husband-and-wife team of Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek collaborated on last year's When Spring Comes, which received this starred review from School Library Journal:
Henkes and Dronzek once again perfectly capture the quiet wonder of the natural world, as they did in Birds and Oh! …Dronzek’s vivacious acrylic illustrations, their bright colors emphasized by the thick black outlines, complement Henkes’s spare but lyrical prose. A must-have, joyful seasonal title for the youngest listeners.
In the Middle of Fall, the companion book to When Spring Comes, will be available in September.
Laura Dronzek lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her family.
We caught up with Laura for a few minutes and here are the things we learned about her during our Q&A.
Q1: What three things would we always find in your creative space/studio?
Laura: You would always find paints, brushes and something that plays music (this seems to be changing constantly) in my studio.
Q2: When did you know that you wanted to be an illustrator?
Laura: I always loved to draw, but didn’t know I wanted to be a painter/illustrator until my last class in college. I finally took a drawing class and knew I wanted to pursue art.
Q3: What authors have most inspired you?
Laura: I have been inspired by so many writers and artists that it is hard to choose. A few that stand out are E. B. White, Edward Ardizzone, Garth Williams and William Steig.
Q4: Our festival theme this year is Twists & Turns. Which would you rather play, Twister or dominoes?
Laura: I would play dominoes.