Diane Kidd is a museum educator who is focused on the Museum's Barron Hilton Early Childhood program. In addition to the Flights of Fancy Storytime program, Kidd also works in partnership with local theatre companies to present aviation and space themed, child-friendly puppet plays. Kidd manages the Museum's partnership with the Smithsonian’s Office of Accessibility to host the Morning at the Museum program for young children with autism and cognitive differences.
Kidd is also a professional children’s book illustrator. Kidd illustrated the book Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery, written by Margaret A. Weitekamp and David DeVorkin. The book won the Junior Library Guild Award 2013, Parent’s Choice Award, Best Sci-Fi Book for 2013, New York Public Library Award 2013, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Award 2015, and the Land of Enchantment Book Award Nominee 2015-2016. Pluto’s Secret was the Museum’s first children’s book written and illustrated by staff. Diane is the illustrator for Pluto’s Secret, the museum’s first children’s book, she is currently illustrating stories for the new digital Storytime.
Weird Stories from the Lonesome Café, written by author Judy Cox, won the Nevada Young Readers award and the Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media award. Diane was also the lead illustrator for the Pilot Pals app, which encourages young children to learn the parts of a plane, build a digital three-stage rocket, and explore weather conditions for flying. She recently edited Design A to Z for DKPpublishing and Smithsonian Enterprises and is art directing a book based on the exploits of Sargent Stubby a little dog who participated in World War I.