Children's Author, Speaker, Producer
Who is Loredana?
Loredana Cunti is a first generation Italian-Canadian children’s author, public speaker, diversity ally, mother and lover of culinary tradition. She’s worked as a multicultural radio DJ, a foreign film sales executive, children’s animation producer, creative entrepreneur, family business administrator and a Le Cordon Bleu Pastry Chef. She travelled the world as Senior Vice President of Children's Programming for Universal Studios, was named a top woman in animation for Animation Magazine and published her first children's book in her late 40s. She is curious about what she will do next.
Research, Revision, Rejection and Resilience
Get Ready for the FOUR R's
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Loredana takes kids on a behind-the-scenes journey into how picture books are made putting a fun, practical spin on story-making and story-telling.
Curriculum based themes of growth- mindset, identity, teamwork and self-concept emerge as she shares her personal and professional challenges on what it feels like to not fit in or struggle with a task.
Her infectious message for creators of all ages?
GO! for your goals and take chances when trying something new!
"Good for You!"
Whether it's encouraging children as a volunteer coach or writing stories that are "Good for you", Loredana loves finding ways to weave fun facts and positive psychology into her stories, Through funny characters and relatable
stories, Loredana's books touch on notions of perseverance, optimism, belonging and self-belief.
KARATE KAKAPO was inspired by her own daughter's struggle at sport.
BUTTERFLIES DANCE TOO, co-written with Prima Ballerina TINA PEREIRA, was inspired by the question
"What do you do when you get nervous?'
Loredana Cunti's career began as a multicultural radio DJ after graduating with a BAA in Radio and Television Arts from Toronto Metropolitan University. With a passion for speaking foreign languages, Loredana began selling movies television programs around the world.
When her company purchased a children's programming production company, she fell in love with the characters and the business of introducing them to children around the globe. She moved to Europe and launched the children's programming divisions at Polygram Filmed Entertainment and Universal Studios. She began producing and is credited on a number of hit animated programs including MAISY MOUSE, SITTING DUCKS and PINK PANTHER AND PALS. After being named a Top 25 Women in Animation by Animation Magazine, Loredana left the corporate world to pursue her calling towards entrepreneurship through her independent production company Loreworks Ltd. She served on the Industry Advisory Board of the Toronto International Film Festival and has consulted on children's entertainment to a number of companies and organizations including Ontario Film Development Corporation, Singapore Media Development Corporation, MGM Studios, Universal Studios, Weta Workshop New Zealand, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Skechers USA, Rubicon Entertainment Jordan and Atlantyca Entertainment Italy.
Striving to be a life-long learner, she went back to school as a mature student to become a qualified Pastry Chef from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. After having children, Loredana had to pivot away from international dealings so she could be more present at home. Inspired by her children's challenges, she began inventing her own characters to relay the messages that she was trying to impart as a parent.
Loredana’s love of family, food, and storytelling led her to where she is now – writing children's books, speaking at schools for author visits, and putting her Chef Certification to good use by coaching kids on cooking and baking (although she admits that she eats more than she bakes).
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Loredana is a fabulous storyteller, engaging students in talk leading up to the story and then reading her story with such enthusiasm, it is impossible not to be taken in. Loredana came to my class to discuss her book, Go Go Flamingo for Pink Shirt Day. She talked about 'fitting in' and being judged unfairly for being different. This makes kids relate to the ideas in her book and feel for the character. The idea of not having to fit a specific mold and to always be your true self shines through in this book.
Ms. Pinsonault, Gr.4