Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Best-Selling Children’s Author to Visit Bernardsville Library

Bestselling multimedia children’s author Daniel Errico, who recently released his first physical picture book for kids, will visit Bernardsville Public Library for Saturday Story Time on Saturday, November 5 at 10:30 am. He will tell stories and read from his book, The Journey of Noble Gnarble, which tells of a majestic and elusive fish who dreams of reaching the surface of the sea and seeing the sun for the very first time.

Traditional storytelling is important to Mr. Errico, who believes that kids truly understand tone and context, and that a playful narration can make a story-driven tale more enjoyable. “I’ve always been fascinated by the deep sea floor,” he recounted. “Lying in bed one night I started thinking about what kind of incredible creatures might live down there. Then I thought, ‘If I’m dreaming about the sea below, what if one of them was dreaming about the world above?’ That’s how the gnarble and his story were first created. He’s ambitious but not arrogant, persistent but not aggressive, and scared but still brave. That’s what makes him noble.”

“I want kids to see that persistence is what makes you unstoppable. There’s conflict around every corner, but the gnarble never fights a single fish. I want them to see that a strong will and resolve are more powerful than anything that stands in your way... or even swallows you whole.”

Nickelodeon writer and producer Dennis Shinners called Daniel’s stories “highly entertaining, engaging, imaginative, and ever so respectful of his young audience. He’s a fresh young voice with a classic sense of storytelling.” His stories have been viewed in more than 200 countries and translated into 6 different languages.

An avid supporter of access to literature for all children, regardless of their economic situations, Mr. Errico created a website that shares stories with kids around the globe who may not be able to afford traditional books.

Mr. Errico grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey. After graduating from Villanova University in Pennsylvania, he worked in New York City at an investment bank and mechanical engineering firm. He recently returned to New Jersey where he lives in Princeton.

There is no charge to attend the program, and no sign-up is needed. Call the library at 908-766-0118 for further information.

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