Lauren Barbieri has studied, made, and taught art, worked in visual communications, and served at an education nonprofit. A lover of books since childhood, she vividly remembers the joy of creating her first story at age six. Since her early years, she has relished life’s buffet of fun. In another life, she could have been a dancer, farmer, inventor, chef, tea taster, or fairy house maker. She is a compulsive gardener of edible plants and proud mom of two children. She is a Certified Master Gardener and member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.