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From my upcoming book The Rough Patch, Greenwillow Books, Spring 2018

From my upcoming book The Rough Patch, Greenwillow Books, Spring 2018

It's a new school year, and I'm eager to be working with students again!  Here's what one school said last year. If you'd like a dynamic, award-winning presenter at your school, book festival or conference, drop me a line!

What a treat it was to have Brian Lies present to our Grade 1-5 students today! His animated approach immediately captured everyone’s interest. There were so many ways that he ignited students’ imaginations and sent the message that it is hard work and perseverance that makes one a successful writer/ illustrator.

Whether it was in reading aloud his popular Bat series books, discussing/ showing how he generates words and stories, displaying his pages and pages of practice writings and drawings, or reading aloud his work as a second grade student, Brian got his audience thinking. Kids and adults loved his humor, role playing, drawing demonstration, and easy rapport.

We thank the PTO and you for providing our students and staff with this learning opportunity that will extend into their classroom reading and writing instructional time.
We appreciate you!
— Principal, Massachusetts Elementary School (Dec. 2016)
From my upcoming book, Got to Get to Bear's!, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2018

From my upcoming book, Got to Get to Bear's!, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2018

 

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GATOR DAD (2016)

A father shows love in many ways.  Sometimes it's in what he says, but sometimes it's in what he does.  Come along as a gator dad and the kids do nothing in particular. . . and still get a whole lot done together.  This book celebrates some of the inventive—and sometimes unorthodox—ways that dads do things!  These gators demonstrate an energetic and loving style of parenting, one that embraces each day to the very fullest.

ONE REVIEW for GATOR DAD:    ". . . what is most evident are the feelings these four have for one another. Dads, squeeze the day with your own children just as this one does."
                              —Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2016 edition