Dan Bar-el - Author
Dan Bar-el is a children's author, educator and storyteller. His writing includes both chapter books and picture books. Things Are Looking Grimm, Jill was the winner of the 2008 Silver Birch Express award. Alphabetter was chosen by the B.C. government for the Ready, Set, Learn program, which made 50,000 copies available to preschool children across the province. Such a Prince was a 2009 Blue Spruce Honour Book, and Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been? has been nominated for a 2012 B.C. Book Prize.
Although he's been writing all his life in one form or another, Dan got started writing for children while working at an after-school childcare center. He would bring in dozens of books from the library every week for the kids, and he ended up falling in love with picture books himself.
With nearly twenty years' experience of working with children ages three to thirteen, Dan has had many opportunities to listen to their stories and attune himself to their sense of humor. But Dan writes for his own amusement just as much, finding inspiration through travel and reading, walking and observing, and lying on his back, staring up at the sky and wondering, “What if ...?”
In earlier chapters of his life, Dan trained and worked as a stage actor and later wrote and performed comedy. Before dressing up as old women or Greek gods to promote his children's books, he'd already been costumed as a cowboy, a Mountie, a Scottish warrior, a Russian peasant, a mobster rodent, a rooster comedian and even a dead body.