#RisingStarsinKidLit Rosanna Montanaro
To close out this crazy and unprecedented year, I wanted to take some time to highlight my fellow kidlit creators who are working their tails off to birth their beautiful book babies into the world. These interviews will cast a light on the wonderful work of these pre-published authors and author-illustrators who are destined to be stars!
Meet Rising Star
Growing up, Rosanna was drawing, reading books, and practicing cartwheels on her front lawn. Her busy mum was a hairdresser and gave her plenty of free haircuts that she didn’t like. Her dad was a music teacher, so classical and Italian music were the soundtrack of her childhood. She still loves music and feels it right down to her toes. Today, if she’s not at her desk Rosanna can be found on her yoga mat, sometimes upside down.
After a 15-year career in sales and marketing, Rosanna is finally able to explore her life-long passion for children’s books. Rosanna lives with her three daughters and husband in Toronto, in a home stocked with good chocolate chip cookies, pasta and fresh bread. Oh, those cheeky carbs.
Rosanna has a rule inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt: Do one thing each day that is cheeky.
Rosanna is seeking agent representation.
You can learn more about Rosanna and her work HERE!
Rosanna's Twitter @CheekyPippa
Rosanna's instagram @romori.16
Hi! I'm Amanda!
Amanda Davis is a teacher, artist, writer, and innovator who uses her words and pictures to light up the world with kindness. When she’s not busy creating, you can find her sipping tea, petting dogs, and exploring the natural wonders of The Bay State with her partner and rescue pup, Cora.
Amanda is represented by Jennifer Unter of The Unter Agency.
Her debut picture book, 30,000 STITCHES hits stores May 4, 2021 with WorthyKids/Hachette Book Group. See below to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of the book!
Rosanna, your artwork is gorgeous. I found your words very inspiring! We all need to fail forward together! Amanda, another good one!!
Thank you for reading this, Dedra! Appreciate your words so much. I wish you success - I look forward to reading your books one day!! And yes to forward movement!! And thanks to the incredibly talented Amanda. I've learned so much from you already. I look forward to reading your books, Amanda!! xo
Rosanna, I love your attitude on this journey! It reminds me that I need to hit the mat more often. I'm loving your drawing stye and that last image of the dancer is stunning. Best wishes to you on fulfilling your dreams.
Bonnie, thank you so much! Getting to the mat even to just breathe some days. I appreciate your words - I wish you all the best as well! Thanks again. Your comments have made my day. A bright spot in a tough tough year.
Amanda Davis is a teacher, artist, writer, and innovator who uses her words and pictures to light up the world with kindness. Amanda is the author of the award-winning picture book, 30,000 Stitches: The Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag, Moonlight Memories (summer, 2023) and a yet to be announced forthcoming title. She also has poetry and illustrations featured in The Writers’ Loft Anthology: Friends & Anemones: Ocean Poems for Children. Amanda has over ten years of experience as a classroom teacher and was selected as Massachusetts Secondary Art Educator of the Year. When she’s not busy creating, you can find her sipping tea, petting dogs, and exploring the natural wonders of The Bay State with her family and her rescue pup, Cora. You can learn more about Amanda at www.amandadavisart.com and on Twitter @amandadavisart and Instagram @amandadavis_art.