Daniel Kirk is the author and illustrator of more than 21 popular books for children, including picture books Cat Power; Dogs Rule!; Hush, Little Alien; Library Mouse; Lunchroom Lizard; and Snow Dude. He has collaborated with well-known illustrators, such as Margaret Wise Brown, Kevin Lewis, and Robert Louis Stevenson on titles such as The Diggers, Dinosaur Dinosaur, My Truck is Stuck, and Block City. His more recent work includes Elf Realm, a series of young-adult fantasy. Daniel remarks that his "writing and illustrating emphasize[s] imagination, whimsy, and play" and that "publishers tend to think of [him] as the guy who paints cars and trucks really well." Daniel is also fond of poetry and song and has published a few books that come with CDs.
Daniel grew up in the Midwest in the 1950's and 1960's in a family of artists: his parents where puppeteers who wrote and performed their own versions of Mother Goose, Aesop, and Grimm's fairy tales. Even as a very young child, Daniel loved to draw, paint, and play with modeling clay. He read a lot growing up, and was especially fond of the outrageous humor of Dr. Seuss and books with photographs of dogs and skunks dressed up in clothes.
A student of fine art and education at Ohio State University, Daniel graduated in 1974 and taught art and photography for a few years before moving to New York to become a professional artist. His illustrations appeared on the covers of Newsweek, Business Week, Sports Illustrated, New York Magazine, and many other publications. After the birth of his first child, Daniel became interesting in writing and illustrating books for children.
Daniel likes to experiment with different media and techniques in his finished artwork. He has tried using watercolors, colored pencils, photo collage, three-dimensional sculpture, and other expressive mediums.
Daniel lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, with his wife, author-illustrator Julia Gordon, and their three teenage children. For more information about Daniel, visit www.danielkirk.com .
Praise for Daniel Kirk's work:
"This is ready-made to introduce a classroom writing activity . . . fun, fun, fun." — Booklist, Starred Review, on Library Mouse
“An instant hit with young children.” — School Library Journal, on Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo!"
"Writer-illustrator Daniel Kirk has created an endearingly silly mystery story for younger readers." Children's Literature, on Rex Tabby: Cat Detective
“[crackles] with excitement and mischief . . . fun to read aloud,” — Booklist, on Snow Dude