Daniel Kirk grew up in Ohio, spending his early years with a crayon in his hand, and his nose in a book. Since his parents were professional puppeteers, storytelling was a big part of Daniel’s upbringing. As a child he devoted every free moment to writing and drawing his own comic books, games, maps, storybooks and magazines. As a teen he created scores of paintings and drawings, entering exhibits and winning awards across the state.
He graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in education, and after a few years teaching art and photography he moved to New York City to become an illustrator. His work has appeared in The New York Times, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, Business Week, New York Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and numerous other publications. He has illustrated everything from postage stamps to billboards and posters including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. His work has appeared in product packaging for products as diverse as coffee, cat food, chocolate, Pepsi, bread and perfume.
Daniel came to picture books after becoming a father, and spending countless hours reading and enjoying the books he shared with his children. Combining words and images to tell a story was the perfect way to express all the different facets of his creativity, and Daniel began a new career as a children’s book author and illustrator. To date he has written and or illustrated over forty books. His work has been widely exhibited and won many awards and accolades from professional organizations and publications.
He lives in New Jersey with his wife and pet rabbit, and his three creative children are now grown and live in Brooklyn.