This is two-time Grammy winner Bill Harley’s fourth time at the Brandywine Storytelling Festival. Bill’s songs and stories paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Direct and honest, his work is filled with the details of daily life – all told and sung from his slightly off-center point of view.
Bill began singing and storytelling in 1975 while still in college. His work has influenced a generation of children, parents, performing artists and educators. A prolific author and recording artist, Bill is also a regular commentator for NPR's "All Things Considered" and featured on PBS. He is a recipient of the Magic Penny Award from the Children’s Music Network. He joined the National Storytelling Network's Circle of Excellence in 2001 and tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker.
"Humor is my weapon," says Harley of his award-winning recordings, which have also garnered numerous other national awards including Parents' Choice, NAPPA (National Association of Parenting Publication Awards), ALA (American Library Association) and the highest honor from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio for his concert CD and DVD, "Yes to Running!" filmed in conjunction with Montana PBS.
Bill's trademark wit and wisdom can also be found in his picture books and novels for children. His first novel, The Amazing Flight of Darius Frobisher was chosen by Bank Street School of Education as one of the best children's books of the year and his second novel, Night of the Spadefoot Toads, was awarded the Green Earth Book Award as best environmental book of the year in the children's fiction category. His picture books, based on his songs, stories and poems also stand out as 'pick of the list' from ABA and a Storytelling Award Winner. An advocate for children and educators, Bill is currently at work on a book about the culture of schools.