Lindsay Bonilla is a professional storyteller and children’s book author from North Canton, Ohio. She lives with her husband, two wild and creative kids (who believe themselves to be a Komodo dragon and lion, respectively), and her dog, Blitzen. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in theatre and religion at Northwestern University, she fell in love with folktales and world travel. Lindsay has performed interactive theatre, shared stories and taught workshops all over the world. These experiences have made her passionate about building understanding and relationships across cultures while inspiring the imagination. When she’s not writing or performing, she can be found building Legos with her kids as they brainstorm her next book idea.
Lindsay Bonilla spent her childhood voraciously reading books, scribbling stories, and taking the lead roles in her front porch solo stage plays. As a theatre and religion major at Northwestern University, she fell in love with folktales and world travel. This led her to Madrid where she spent a year and a half touring Spain and Portugal with the audience-participatory theatre company, Interacting.
Lindsay founded World of Difference Ltd. in 2007 with the aim of sharing high-energy, interactive storytelling programs based on folktales from around the world with audiences of all ages. Since then, she has had the opportunity to tell stories to school children in Haiti and Ghana and teach workshops to youth leaders in Guatemala and El Salvador. All of these experiences have made her passionate about building understanding and relationships across cultures while inspiring the imagination.
Lindsay is the author of the picture books, POLAR BEAR ISLAND, winner of a 2018 Parents’ Choice Silver Award, and I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEARTS, which was featured in The Wall Street Journal. Her forthcoming picture books include THE STORYTELLER (Nancy Paulsen/Penguin, 2022), THE NOTE WHO FACED THE MUSIC (Page Street Kids, 2023) and THE HOLE (Nancy Paulsen/Penguin, 2023).
When she’s not writing or telling stories, she’s busy building Legos with her kids as they brainstorm her next book idea. Lindsay’s love for travel has taken her to twenty eight countries on five continents, but most days she can be found at home in North Canton, Ohio with her husband, two wild and creative sons, and their rescue dog, Blitzen.
Lindsay is a member of the National Storytelling Network (NSN) and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Learn more at lindsaybonilla.com