“He was so engaging with our students as he walked them through his life as an author and illustrator.” —Pasadena Elementary School PTA

DAN YACCARINO is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator with more than 60 children’s books to his credit, including I Am a Story, Doug Unplugged, The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau, The Longest Storm, and City Under the City. His new comic, The Luna Sisters, launches in June with The Luna Sisters and Their Amazing Luna Fish. Dan is also the creator of the hit animated TV series Oswald and Willa’s Wild Life and the character designer behind The Backyardigans.

Dan’s bold, stylized illustrations have earned him a large following in Japan, exhibits in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Bologna, and a visit to the White House. He is also a contributing children’s book reviewer for the New York Times.

Dan lives in the New York City area and creates his quirky characters and stories in his studio full of vintage toys.


About the Visit

Through childhood drawings and photos, illustration and animation, Dan’s inspiring school presentations connect the dots from his childhood to a 25-year career in children’s publishing, television and character design, showing kids that if they work hard enough, they can achieve anything! He tailors his assembly presentations for the K-6 audience and also meets with smaller groups of students for Q&A.

Dan also speaks to adults about his career and work, the fundamentals of picture books, and building memorable characters at a variety of professional conferences and book festivals.


“Dan Yaccarino visited our school this past year. He shared with them the behind the scenes creative concepts for his characters. He did this all in a fun and creative way and had the kids fully interested from beginning to end. He even left the school with one of his illustrations that he drew on the spot! The kids were amazed to see it come to life!”—Pasadena Elementary School PTA, Plainview, NY

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