After years of painting and teaching watercolor, Diana has begun illustrating the stories she has been writing for children -- it's Picture Book time! Diana is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and HCCWIG (Hunterdon County Children's Writers & Illustrators Group). In the past she has done other illustration work shown in the samples below. Yes, she is available for commissions: please her.
Ronnie's Friend Trike
Ronnie's Friend Trike tells of an independent and imaginative boy, Ronnie, who overcomes relative poverty with a recycled tricycle which takes him and his best friend Michael on both real and imagined adventures.
Rocking out to Sea
Rocking out to Sea Published in December 2013 is a tale of Laddie, a small boy who lets his imagination take him away to many places, using the Rocking Boat his father made him. Eventuallly Laddie figures out that his little sister Lacey is the perfect choice for sharing these adventures. This publication is unique in that it is read calendar style.
Charlemagne to the Rescue
Charlemagne to the Rescue, Third Place winner in the 3rd ABC's Children's Book Competition has been published! Click on the scroll below to find out how to order.
This book can help children build self esteem and adjust to new situations and places.
Read more about Charelmagne at Charlemagne's web site, charlemagnethefish.com
The books below are in the process of being illustrated, and manuscripts are constantly being revised. They have not as yet been published, although Diana hopes they will be soon. The books often include fish, cats, and other animals.
Miss Jillian Meets the Seasons
In this book, the first of a series with toddler Miss Jillian, Miss Jillian experiences the seasons in colors, sounds, textures, and close encounters of different kinds. In each watercolor illustration, there is also a photo of one of the objects Miss Jillian sees. Along the way, the child reader will be able to point out various birds, cats, dogs, and butterflies, among other familiar sights.
Babies on the Block
is a rollicking board book about the babies on the block. Of different races, these babies live on the block and they certainly enjoy life.
Raising Dragons Is Tough to Do
Alexander had no idea what he was getting into when he rescued the abandoned nest of eggs.
Moeava and He'e, a Hawaiian tale of Friendship
Moeava, a young Hawaiian boy, and He'e, the Day Octopus, form an unusual friendship. Moeava first saves He'e, but then He'e solves Moeava's preschool problems with the help of building blocks and his own cleverness. Together they are unbeatable.
Mele Kanoa - His Own Song
All male humpback whales sing the same song. Or do they? A tale of an individualistic creative Hawaiian humpback.
Lucy in the Galapagos
Lucy loves the hat her best friend gave her; it shades her eyes so she can clearly see the animals in the Galapagos. In the heat, it keeps her cool. However, misfortune in the guise of a curious fur seal strikes as the seal takes Lucy’s hat. Across the islands travels Lucy’s hat, and Lucy is always one step behind. Of course there is a happy ending. We also meet brother Bernie, who is clueless as to his sister’s quest, and enjoys the Galapagos in his own way.
Catalpa Chases Halloween
A kitten goes on his first big adventure and discovers Halloween.
Nutley Wiggens - Frog Extraordinaire
Nutley Wiggens is not like other frogs. He does not want to eat bugs sit on wobbly lily pads, or do other frogly things. Nutley wants to see the world, especially Mystery Pond.
The Magic Rabbit
Serena and her younger brother Lenny search for the Magic Rabbit so they can wish on him to bring their daddy home "from war" to be there for Lenny's birthday. Although this story has no miraculous ending, it does bring the children to a happy compromise and realization that all is well in their world.
What Do You See
Detailed illustrations introduce children to the natural world around them and show how we, animals and humans, are interdependent. Children and parents can study the detailed pictures and figure out the physical as well as mental connections among the pictures.
The Three Little Fishes
Familiar goldfish are the characters in this humorous adaption of The Three Little Pigs.
Out of the Way, Little Deer!
Little Deer learns to stand up for himself against other bullying deer during a winter when the food supply is low.
We Are Not Alike
Aubergine and Ambertina are twins but are struggling to keep their individuality.
Goldilocks Makes Amends
What happens after Goldilocks runs amuck among the bears.
Selma Is a Shepherdess
2000 years ago Selma is a shepherdess among shepherds.
The Mall Walkers
In which we meet a resourceful small girl on a special search.
Andy Finds a Friend
Andy, a colt, overcomes his background of abuse and finds a friend.
I Guess I Can Live with This
Shawn McNulty, Jr. has a lot on his platter: the first year of middle school, the 8th grade bullies, his mom’s pregnancy and the resulting threat to her and the new baby, his new little sister, and last, but most importantly, his dad’s brain tumor. How does Shawn manage or adapt to all this? With humor? With his friend Amy’s mentoring? With muddling on through? With fumbles here and there, and a few tears as well as laughs, Shawn begins to learn to change what he can change, and live more or less happily with what he can’t.
This middle grade novel should be particularly entertaining for boys from 9-13. It will be illustrated by the author in black and white drawings and also by “Shawn McNulty” himself.
I Missed My Bus
If I Had A Pet Lion
Sixth Grade Is Overwhelming
The Land of the Discards
Welcome to this unusual land - we'll say no more here
The Garden of Teeny Tiny Delights (in graphic novel form)
Join five (toy) bears as they have adventures in a garden.
Button Meets a Hummingbird
The Bears on North haven
Illustrations for cards for The Art of Game Design by Jesse Schell.The book
The tee shirts
Lens of Unification
Lens of Community
Lens of Surprise
New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
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