What a joy having Daniel Kirk at our school!! Mr. Kirk read to the children, presented a slide show of his illustrations, played the guitar and ate lunch with some of the students.Mr. Kirk got the students involved by allowing them to draw in front of their fellow classmates and encouraged them to brainstorm new characters they created during the presentation.In anticipation of Daniel’s visit, the children purchased books in advance for him to sign personally.The children visited him after school and he chatted with them as he signed book after book. Berkley Elementary School wants to thank Mr. Kirk for visiting our students! We thoroughly enjoyed having such a wonderful author at our quaint little school!!
– Dora Oliviero, Library Media Specialist
Berkley Street Elementary School, New Milford, New Jersey
Daniel Kirk’s visit was a huge success. His visit began with his participation in a Family Reading Night at the local Barnes and Noble bookstore. It was a joy to observe the children’s excitement at finally seeing him and hearing him sing a song from Dogs Rule ! He then spent over one hour signing books for our families. The following day, Daniel met with smaller groups of students at our school. They listened intently as he talked about his career as a children’s book author and illustrator. They responded enthusiastically when he read his stories and sang his poems. Before each session ended, students participated in creating characters out of “noodles” that Daniel had drawn on a board.
I have been arranging author visits yearly for the past 15 years, and I can honestly and sincerely say that Daniel Kirk’s visit was simply outstanding.
– Susan Koenig, Library Media Specialist
Joppa View Elementary School, Perry Hall, Maryland
Daniel Kirk spent several days in our library community doing author presentations at various venues, including school assemblies, an after school program, a family literacy night, book signings and a musical concert for families at a local theater. The kids and adults loved his lively presentations which featured colorful power point visuals, as he read from his books, shared insights about writing and sang some of his wonderful poems from Cat Power! and Dogs Rule! I was extremely impressed with how he could adapt his program to each audience, varying what he shared to the age and size of the group. He is a multi-talented author, illustrator and singer!
– Linda A. Allen, Youth Services Librarian
Mount Vernon City Library, Mount Vernon, Washington
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Daniel Kirk recently visited our school and WOW, what a fun loving, kind hearted, unique and multi talented man he is. In the course of 4 presentations he managed to connect with each different age group. Daniel was flexible and able to flow between speaking, singing, reading and answering questions. The children were captivated as well as the adults. Daniel was transparent and real as he shared his personal history and inspired the kids to read, write, draw, sing and take hold of their talents and use them. He read to the children and we even got a sneak peek of his sequel to Library Mouse that is still in sketches! The kids learned that writing a book is a team effort and the importance of working together with an editor, author and illustrator. Daniel’s visit was informative, inspiring and just down right fun!
– Christine Lehman, PTO Representative
Recently, our K-8 school was privileged to have Daniel Kirk spend a day with us. What a program he put on! Dan did 4 presentations,
gearing them to the appropriate age levels, and each was varied and interesting. He not only told about how he became a writer but also
showed the kids how he comes up with his ideas. The drawing activity he did was amazing! Did you know you can create an entire story line out of a wet noodle? Dan showed us how.
The kids were enthralled with his stories and Dan never tired of their questions. He was very flexible, easy-going and has a good sense of humor. We thoroughly enjoyed his visit and now I can’t keep his books on the shelf!”
– Miriam Ghabour, Media Specialist
Brandon Academy, St. Petersburg, Florida
Thank you so much for your wonderful visit. Our second grade students are from inner city Newark, all said that they have never met “a real life author before!” Your stories and illustrations opened their eyes to the possibilities of their dreams. They especially loved seeing you as a little boy!! Your books are fun and it was obvious by the laughter in the room that both the kids and their high school tutors, enjoyed listening to you read and sing to them. Your generosity and talent is truly an inspiration. Thank you again.
– Alison Frost, Chairperson
SCEEP of West Essex (Suburban Cultural Educational Enrichment Program)
A ringing endorsement: When Daniel Kirk visited our school, he provided the students with a wonderful literary experience. And this author is multi-talented to boot! Mr. Kirk spoke about his books, his life as an author, and he sang to us as well. He is charming, warm and engaging and will appeal to many grade levels. Daniel Kirk is a real audience-pleaser!
– Joyce Mooney. Library Media Specialist
Ridgewood Avenue School, New Jersey
Lucky us!! We had a fabulous day with Dan at our Kids Bookfest 2004. Families of all ages enjoyed his reading/slide/song presentation.
It was visually stimulating and perfectly paced with enough variety to please everyone in the audience. Dan’s calm and casual demeanor
engaged and entranced both kids and adults.
The afternoon drawing demonstration with audience participation was tremendous fun, for participants and observers alike. Dan’s interaction with children as they worked together to create pictures put them at ease while simultaneously sparking their creativity. Those not actively involved in the process had great fun watching the illustrations evolve and listening to the conversations between Dan and the young artists.
Dan was terrific to work with. As the organizer of this event I deeply appreciate his unique combination of good humor, organizational skills, flexibility and his generous spirit. I hope to have the opportunity to work with him again in the future.
– Starr LaTronica. Youth Services Manager
Four County Library System, Vestal, NY
Our elementary school was privileged to have a visit from Daniel Kirk several years ago. Definitely one of our best author visits and an unforgettable experience for the children! He is warm, likable, and truly connects with the children. The students were in awe of his ability as author, illustrator and musician and are still talking about Daniel Kirk. Of course, his books continue to fly off the library shelf…
– MaryEllen Hamalainen. Library Media Specialist
Fallon School. Wayne NJ
Daniel’s visit was the highlight of our school year. Two years later the kids are still checking out all the autographed books from
the library and talking about when “they” met a real author and illustrator! Daniel sang songs, played guitar and the children fell in love with him and his work. Teachers use the CD’s with his music in their classrooms
all year. It was an event that is etched in the memories of our children and teachers.
– Lauralee Foerster, Media Specialist
Glen Acres School, Lafayette, Indiana
We love Dan’s books and were eagerly awaiting meeting the man behind them. We were not disappointed. The children and teachers had a wonderful time listening to Dan. He has a great rapport with students and an easy manner they can relate to. His presentation is lively, interesting and full of his humor. We look forward to his visit every year at our school.
– Judith Gantly, Media Specialist
Glen Ridge Schools
Daniel Kirk was booked as a visiting author to our school, but what we got was so much more! Yes, he shared his writing, which was funny and pointedly childlike (while offering chuckles for the grownups as well!). He also offers the additional bonus of being an artist and songwriter. It was interesting to hear about the journey an author/illustrator must take to give you the final polished product. He taught all of us the benefit of using many senses to enjoy a story and that a picture can really speak 1,000 words. If Jim Croce had ever made music for children, this would be what he had in mind!
– Nancy Barno Reynolds
Reading commitee, ARE-PTO
“From his opening song, through his entertaining readings and all the way to his closing “imaginoodling”, Daniel Kirk enthralled, enlightened and inspired my Kindergarten through third grade students during a recent school visit. Best of all, the next day there wasn’t a single Daniel Kirk book left on the library shelves!”
– Glenwood Elementary School
“Daniel Kirk was fabulous! His multi-faceted presentation caught and held the students’ attention while also providing solid curriculum for today’s ELA standards. He was flexible and accommodating to our school’s hectic schedule. The children were thrilled to meet the creator of such unique characters as Snow Dude, Rex Tabby, and the Lunchroom Lizard. A wonderful time was had by all!”
– Meg Tillapaugh, K-5 Librarian
Johnson City Central School District
Daniel Kirk’s recent visit to our school was eagerly anticipated and
thoroughly enjoyable! Our PTA could not have made a better choice for an author to inspire students to read and encourage an interest in the creative arts. The children delighted in watching the metamorphosis of My Truck is Stuck, they were charmed by the story of Jack and Jill with a new twist, and they especially enjoyed finding references to The Gingerbread Man, as Mr. Kirk told the tale of his mischievous little Snow Dude. Everyone cheered (parents and teachers, included) as the author performed selections from Dogs Rule! and Go! And the “wet noodle” game was, perhaps, the most fun of all. Children treated to his first program went right back to their classrooms and made characters from their own wet noodles before the last program ended. Mr. Kirk was fun, engaging, and very generous with his time — his visit exceeded all expectations!
– Mindy Lynch, PTA Author Visit Committee Co-Chair
Ironia Elementary School
He came, he read, he sang and he impressed! I’m speaking of Daniel Kirk,
the first author to visit the Ironia School as part of its new curriculum enrichment program. The students in our primary grades, who earlier in the week had decorated the halls to welcome the author, listened intently as Mr. Kirk told stories and showed pictures of his own youth as well as read some of his more famous, and positively enchanting, books. And to really keep things rolling, the author strummed the guitar and engaged the kids in an amusing sing-a-long. During the lunch hour, the author signed copies of his books with a flourish and happily chatted with parents.
All in all, it was a magical day!
– Michele Rogers, PTA President
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