Happy Holidays from Daniel Kirk!

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Kenyan children enjoy Library Mouse

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New book out!

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Back in the last years of the twentieth century I was approached by Ken Geist, then editor at Hyperion Books for Children, who had a manuscript he was hoping I would illustrate. The story was written by first-time author Kevin…

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Chelsea Clinton mentions “Chugga Chugga Choo Choo” at Democratic Convention

I am delighted that Chelsea Clinton mentioned, during her speech at the Democratic Convention, the importance of reading and sharing books. She said that her mom, Hillary Clinton, would always be happy to put down whatever she was doing to…

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My new book, coming out this fall from Bloomsbury, on display at the ALA Conference in Orlando!

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Library Mouse (Super Sam) stands guard over National Library Week!

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Season’s Greetings to all my fans and friends!

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My author copies of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” have arrived!

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Daniel Kirk meets Moomintroll and Little My

As I entered Finland, the home of the Moomins (a series of books by Tove Jansson) I was greeted by a real-life Moomintroll and his friend, Little My.

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Here is Chow Fun, our family Easter bunny, enjoying his treats. His favorite treat is hay…

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Here is a drawing I made when I was five years old, featuring the Easter Bunny and a giant egg. It looks like there are colored eggs in the tree branches, too!  

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I made this Easter card for my grandma and grandpa when I was five years old! I don’t know why I put a dinosaur skeleton in there, though.

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They’re still publishing Library Mouse books all over the world. Here are some copies that just arrived in the mail from Japan and Turkey. Did you know that “Library Mouse” in Turkish is “Kutuphane Faresi”?

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“The Thing About Spring” is now available! Here’s the first cover I did for the book, when I was first working on the story and trying to find a publisher, and the finished cover you’ll see on the actual book.…

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Here’s a sneak peek at the cover of my next book, which comes out pretty soon. I’m not sure exactly when, but you can bet it will be in the spring!

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What have I been doing since Christmas? Well, I took a little vacation down in one of my favorite towns, New Orleans, and paid a visit to Mardi Gras World. This T Rex looks like he wanted to eat me,…

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Happy holidays to all!

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Sock Monkey tends to spend too much time thinking about himself, so we decided to buy him a pet. After some getting-acquainted time, Sock Monkey immediately set to work on a true-life story about his new pet, whom he calls…

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Not many people liked Sock Monkey’s potty humor, so for his next attempt at writing a book he decided to show everybody his good moral character. He invited a neighbor over and read the new story to him. The story…

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Sock Monkey insists that these books he is writing are not really about him, but just another monkey who looks a bit like he does. But after getting some rather poor response from readers for his last few efforts, he…

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Sock Monkey insists that these books he is writing are not really about him, but just another monkey who looks a bit like he does. But after getting some rather poor response from readers for his last few efforts, he…

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Sock Monkey feels a little sorry for himself sometimes. I don’t really know why! But for the second book he wrote, he decided that he would try a “fictional” story about a sad and lonely animal who really feels sorry…

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Sock Monkey decided that his first attempt at writing fiction would be called “Get Lost, Stinky Face”! I hope Sock Monkey is not trying to tell me something. I think he’s proud of his new book, but still a little…

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Sock Monkey wanted to pose with the books in a picture all by himself (without me in the photo). He’s a little jealous that his name isn’t on the cover, while mine is. I told him that I wrote the…

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My new book, “You Are Not My Friend, But I Miss You” is out now in stores and libraries everywhere. I am very excited! Whenever a new book comes out, I get a box of copies in the mail. Here…

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My new online book, “Library Mouse: Writer’s Dictionary” has been inspiring some boys and girls around the country to get back into writing and tell some stories! If you haven’t looked at the book, yet, you can get access from…

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Hooray! It’s time for school!

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Sam the Library Mouse is relaxing, about ready for another school year to begin!  

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New friends and new owners of some nice books at a school visit recently…They’re not hiding, just showing off!

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I think this school visit was the first time I’ve seen my name in lights!

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RoseMarie, at the Linden School, where I visited this week, made a tray of amazing cookies based on my book, “Ten Things I Love About You”. Last time I was at this school, six years ago, she made a wonderful…

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Greetings to my friends at the Linden Avenue School, I can see you’ve been doing your homework!

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Brian Lies’ blog, reposted for your enjoyment

My guest here today is Daniel Kirk, illustrator of more than thirty books and author of most of those, including his perennial favorite Library Mouse series.  Daniel is a polymath; he’s artist, author, musician, entertainer.  As he says on his website,…

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At a recent school visit in Little Falls, New Jersey, I had to keep quiet about the giant mouse that was loose in the library!

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I was pleased to get this in the mail the other day, straight from Osaka Japan, where Library Mouse won “the Academy Award of Minoh-World Children’s Book”, as it was described in the accompanying letter…the actual award was made by…

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Happy holidays, everyone! Can you think of any more good “H” words?

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As I am an Ohio-born author, “Read Ohio” made a poster of me and Sam, to promote the love of books and reading!

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I love it when I show up for a school visit and the kids are waiting for me at the door. What a greeting I got in North Carolina!

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Last weekend I did a book signing with Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Glasser and her sister Jackie Weitzman at the Clinton Book Shop. I never wore a pink feather boa before! And since my brother and I are both children’s…

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I got these Chinese paperbacks of the Library Mouse books in the mail the other day…it’s always fun for me to see my books with words in a different language on the pages. Together, there are over a hundred and…

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I am delighted that “Library Mouse” is going to be translated into Persian and printed for the children of Iran!

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One of my goals as a boy was to build the best mad-scientist lab in the neighborhood.  With some batteries, test tubes, electric cords, an old rubber mask and a cardboard skeleton, all I really needed was a smoke machine…

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Here I am in my in my fifth-grade Halloween costume, which was pretty much my regular clothes with the addition of a really cool rubber Frankenstein mask. I ordered the mask through the mail, and it was delivered just in…

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When I was a kid, every day was Halloween! This picture was taken on my birthday in May, but you can see how I loved surrounding myself with paper mache’ masks I’d made, a Creature model I’d built, and a…

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Halloween time again! Here are sixteen jack-o-lanterns to wish you great trick-or-treating.  I am planning on staying away from Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, which are my favorite candy, and nibble on a nice crispy apple instead.  

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I recently went to Nashville Tennessee for the Southern Festival of Books.  I spoke on a panel called “Encouraging Creativity in Children Through Art, Architecture and Engineering”.  This picture shows me, on the right, with Andrea Beaty, the very prolific…

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Rat Fink models

When I was a kid, you could buy plastic models at the local hobby shop (two things that modern kids don’t ever hear about!) and take them home to assemble.  There were model airplanes, cars, ships, tanks, animals and my…

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Chapter 16, a Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers and Passersby

Give a Mouse a Book, and He’ll Build You a Yurt Daniel Kirk, creator of Library Mouse, considers the value of children’s literature by Faye Jones Daniel Kirk continues his popular picture-book series with Library Mouse: Home Sweet Home, a…

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In a Book

I just finished making a music video and I wanted to share it with you here…it’s kind of about Sam, the Library Mouse (because he is in the video) but it’s mostly about the pleasures of reading and writing.  …

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Here is Part Two of my series called “My Favorite Books”. I hope you get to find some of these books, which are very special to me, and see if you like them, too!   Fish is Fish by Leo…

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Whenever I talk to kids, one of the most common questions is: what are your favorite books?  It’s hard to answer that question because I have SO many favorites.  And many of the books I really love are not the…

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Here’s an old book of mine called “How the Wind Plays”.  The top picture shows the finished cover, and beneath that you will see the sketch I did for the cover.  Every book starts with a “dummy”, which is a…

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I just found out that I am related to Abraham Lincoln!  My sister-in-law Kathy is doing some research on the Kirk family tree.  She discovered that  Abe’s grandfather was Captain Abraham Lincoln, and the Kirks are descended from Grandpa Abe’s…

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I am happy that School Library Journal likes the next Library Mouse book “Home Sweet Home” (Fall, Abrams) and says, “Kirk’s gouache illustrations are charming. Newcomers and fans of the previous titles will welcome this tale, and librarians will put…

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Did I tell you I loved monsters when I was a kid?  Oh, did I love monsters.  One of my favorite summer activities was going to the amusement park. The State or County Fair would do fine, too.  I loved…

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At the Olde Orchard School in Columbus, the teachers and kids made a lot of great displays around the school when I visited there in May.  This is a life-size wishing well, based on my book “Jack and Jill”…in which…

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I got a nice review of “Library Mouse, Home Sweet Home” in the August 1 issue of Booklist–“Kirk’s gouache illustrations maintain a mouse perspective filled with library details. Not only is the story amusing, but the information…

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Sometimes kids ask me what kind of books I read as when I was their age. One of my answers is comic books! Here is probably the most influential comic book of my childhood years…illustrated real life stories, done in…

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If you’re ever in Tokyo, you might find that Sam the Library Mouse has made a second home for himself there!

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New Library Mouse book, out this fall from Abrams! 

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Here’s a picture of me with my new South American trio.  You should hear how the guinea pigs sing along to the guitar!  Their names are Laird and Piggy.  Actually the sound they make is more like squealing than actual…

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When I was a kid I LOVED clowns.  The Wonder Book of Clowns was one of my favorite children’s books, and I always loved going to the circus to see the clowns put on a show.  There was a clown…

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This is a picture I had taken for a “Read Aloud Ohio” poster.  Once I see how it comes out, maybe I’ll post the whole thing!  Until then, I am enjoying Library Mouse and some summery Black-eyed Susans out near…

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Scene from a girl’s dream, in my book,“While the World is Sleeping”.  The porcupine has a thing for yummy pine cones!  And the owl is her guide through the night.

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My mom and brother tell me that when I was a kid I always had my nose in a book, but here are two dusty old photos that prove it’s not true!  Once in a while I’d play a little…

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I always like getting drawings from children who have seen me at school visits, and feel inspired to draw portraits of me!  We never really know what we look like to other people, but after seeing some of these pictures…

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You might not recognize Sam the Library Mouse in some of these photographs, but this is a South Korean interpretation of my book for a play they put on way over there!  I wish I could have seen it in…

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When I saw that “super moon” in the sky the other night, I was reminded of this painting I did for the cover of “While the World is Sleeping”. The moon plays a big part in children’s literature, and there…

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Once in a while when I do a school visit, Sam the Library Mouse shows up to meet the kids. Sam loves to dance, so while I play guitar and sing, Sam struts his stuff. Not bad for the shyest…

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I just went by my local library to return some books, and thought of all the wonderful hours of reading this summer will bring for the kids who live in my town. So many books, and so little time! Before…

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I needed to get a little space between me and this event before I could talk about it–my author visit to Sandy Hook in Newtown Connecticut, this past February 12th. At the last minute I was asked by author Marc…

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When I started work on my book, “Ten Things I Love About You”, I made some little clay heads to help me develop the characters. It is always nice to see how the light helps shape the face and give…

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One summer when my brother David and I were little, we visited the Petrified Forest in Arizona. I remember being a little disappointed that the ancient trees had all fallen down and the forest seemed more like a desert! But…

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Summer is the perfect time for a little creative fun…spend a lazy afternoon writing a story about your favorite character, or your favorite vacation memory! The possibilities are endless. If you give yourself some time to explore what’s in your…

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When I was a kid, there was a dog at the end of the block who always barked and threw himself at the chain link fence around his yard when I hurried past. He was a little guy, but I…

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Summer is here, and Sam is thinking about where in the world he wants to go for summer vacation! Will he visit the beach? An amusement park? His cousins from out of town? Or will he just stay in the…

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At one of my spring school visits, Sam the Library Mouse got the kids excited about being authors!

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Dogs Rule!

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The Nutcracker. These holiday characters are a little scary, because of the jaws and teeth and bold colors, but they are also funny, because they seem to take themselves so seriously. I painted this one for a holiday CD package.…

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Happy New Year! This year, write a special letter to a friend. Write a story about your favorite holiday. Write a thank-you letter to Santa, for bringing cheer to children all over the world.

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tumblr_lgiubqqWUW1qh6wmo SONG OF THE MONTH a little bird told me

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Happy Holidays! Sometimes it seems like a long, cold journey to get to those we love, but we should always be sure that we let our favorite people know how much we care. Maybe we give them a present, or…

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Here is Chow Fun, our family Easter bunny, enjoying his treats. His favorite treat is hay…

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