This just in:  a review of my school presentations:

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, MA Elementary School (Dec. 2016)

My latest book, GATOR DAD

"It's a winning combination of warmth, humor and heart."  —Publisher's Weekly, April 11, 2016

"Gator Dad's energy knows no limits, and kids will love seeing how he tackles the everyday occurrences in life. . . this is great fun as a read aloud . . ."
—School Library Journal

"This is big fun for Father’s Day—or any day." —BookPage Magazine, May, 2016

Back in the 90s, I was a stay-at-home Dad.  I had wonderful times with our daughter Maddy, and I experienced every parent's frustrations and exhaustion, too.  I enjoyed braiding her hair.  Reading together.  Going on excursions into the wild (the woods behind the house).  But pulling the legs of tiny Capri pants over a Barbie doll's rubbery thighs was a nightmare.  

Back in the 90s, I was a stay-at-home Dad.  I had wonderful times with our daughter Maddy, and I experienced every parent's frustrations and exhaustion, too.  I enjoyed braiding her hair.  Reading together.  Going on excursions into the wild (the woods behind the house).  But pulling the legs of tiny Capri pants over a Barbie doll's rubbery thighs was a nightmare.  

Years later, and I treasure that time we had.  You can't buy the closeness I would have missed if I hadn't been an involved Dad.

Years later, and I treasure that time we had.  You can't buy the closeness I would have missed if I hadn't been an involved Dad.


Here's my book trailer for GATOR DAD:


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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

 

Time to build a pillow fort.

Time to build a pillow fort.

 
 

If you'd like a dynamic, award-winning presenter at your school, book festival or conference, drop me a line!