Dan Bar-el is a children’s author, educator and storyteller. His work includes a series of satirical chapter books including Things Are Looking Grimm, Jill (winner of the 2008 Silver Birch Express award) as well as two funny picture books including Alphabetter (chosen by the BC government for the Ready, Set, Learn program – 50,000 copies sent to preschool children across the province) and Such a Prince (a 2009 Blue Spruce Honour Book).
In the past, Dan trained and worked professionally as an actor, has written for theatre, as well as written and performed comedy across Canada. He has many years experience working with school age children and currently facilitates a unique storytelling program that he brings to preschools and daycares.
Dan merrily travels around the country visiting schools and libraries, and when he’s not doing that, he lives and thrives in Vancouver along with the most adorable kitten in the known universe. Learn dubious facts about him on the web at www.danbar-el.com.
When Vancouver Artist Rae Maté heard The Lord’s Prayer recited in first grade, she believed that the phrase, “Our Father who “art” in Heaven” referred to the Creator indulging His passion for drawing and painting. Since graduating from art school, Rae has exhibited widely, taught art to preschoolers and illustrated the children’s picture book, CROCODILES SAY... She and her husband Gabor have three children and live in Vancouver. In the summer time Rae makes art in heaven on Hornby Island, B.C.