Author of the Frieda B. series of picture books, Renata created the fictional children’s character to encourage children to dream big and believe they, too, are free to be their own one-of-a-kind, very important story. Since 2010 Renata has been bringing that message to students and staff at schools, via author visits. Renata’s approach of encouraging the [intellectual, social, emotional, physical, spiritual] story within each child so impacts teachers and admin, Frieda B., LLC has developed a parallel SEL-based professional development program for teachers, called Frieda B. The Whole Child. The PD provides a toolkit of resources – anchored by the Frieda B. book series – designed to help teachers coax and encourage the innate gifts and passions within each student. The program will be available for the 2017-18 school year. The Frieda B. series received Gold for Best Picture Book Series from the National Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in 2015. Renata also is author of Good Dogs, Great Listeners, a book written in collaboration with the parents of Charlotte Bacon who lost her life at Sandy Hook School in December 2012. Renata lives in Northern Connecticut with her husband, Dave, and their sons, Hunter and Garreth.