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The P.S. 54 learning community was privileged to have internationally acclaimed award winning author/illustrator Dan Yaccarino visit and give three presentations to students. Dan Yaccarino has sold over 1.5 million books and has received the Bologna Ragazzi, The New York Time 10 Best Illustrated, ALA Notable and the Parents Choice Awards. The students immediately recognized Oswald, an animated cartoon series from Nick Jr., that Dan Yaccarino creates.  It was difficult keeping incredibly excited students quiet. Children were captivated by Dan’s ability to stay focused and follow his childhood dream of art and telling stories. He delivered a very inspirational message to adults and children alike when he simply stated that we need to believe in ourselves and persist, even though we may face rejection. Children related to Dan through his childhood pictures and stories. The vivid artwork jumped off the Smartboard and had children constantly a buzz.  Dan Yaccarino’s presentation was incredibly positive and powerful. Teachers and students were highly impressed with the multi-layered slide show, the numerous art, books, and book trailers presented. Scholars and teachers crowded the author after the Q & A to ask more questions, get books signed and infuse his inspiration into their own dreams of being creative. Children later requested the school library order all the other Yaccarino books shown. Teachers said is awed tones, “He’s the best author/illustrator visit we’ve ever had!!!”  Dan Yaccarino is without a doubt a must have visit!!!

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