Featured Storyteller Bill Harley. (Photo by Susan Wilson)


The Best Candy in the
    Whole World

Yes to Running (2008)
Blah Blah Blah (2005)
The Teacher’s Lounge (2004)
The Town Around the Bend (2003)
The Battle of the Mad Scientists
    and Other Tales of Survival
Weezie and the Moon Pies (1998)

Lunchroom Tales: A Natural History
    of the Cafetorium

From the Back of the Bus (1995)
Wacka Wacka Woo (1995)
Come On Out and Play (1990)
Grownups Are Strange (1990)
Cool in School (with Zanzibar) (1987)
Dinosaurs Never Say Please (1987)

Sandburg Out Loud (2002) with Angela
   Lloyd, Carol Birch and David Holt

Rock & Roll Playground (2010)

I Wanna Play (2007)
One More Time (2005)
Down In the Backpack (2001)
Play It Again (1999)
There’s A Pea On My Plate (1997)
Big Big World (1996)

You’re In Trouble (1988)
50 Ways to Fool Your Mother (1986)
Monsters In the Bathroom (1984)

Cellebration: A Tribute to Ella
with various artists
    including Tom Chapin, Pete Seeger,
    Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer

Who Made This Mess? (1996)

Cellebration: A Tribute to Ella
with various artists
    including Tom Chapin, Pete Seeger,
    Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer


F  E  A  T  U  R  E  D     S  T  O  R  Y  T  E  L  L  E  R

B  I  L  L     H  A  R  L  E  Y

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.

Two-time Grammy-Winner (Photograph courtesy of Tom Thurston)

Two-Time Grammy Winner

The Lower Brandywine Storytelling Festival is the anchor event in Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church's Community Outreach Calendar of Events. It's fun. It's Family-friendly. And it's FREE! So forward this web address to your family, friends, neighbors and associates. But encourage them  to register today, because space is limited.

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B  I  L  L     H  A  R  L  E  Y
P  E  R  F  O  R  M  A  N  C  E  S

Friday, June 21

Friday Night Sampler

Saturday, June 22

Workshop 4

Children’s Program

Featured Performance


Bill Harley's classic 2008 book: Dirty Joe the Pirate (2010 Washington Children's Choice Award Nominee)
Bill Harley's NEW Story CD: The Best Candy in the Whole World (2010)
Bill Harley's 2006 Book: ' The Amazing Flight of Darius Frobisher' (2007 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year, 2007 Kansas State Reading Circle; 2008-9 Volunteer State Book Award Master Reading List (TN); Nominee, 2008-9 William Allen White Children's Book Awards, 2007-8 Keystone to Reading Book Award.)
Bill Harley's 1998 Story CD: "Weezie and the Moon Pies' (Grammy Nominee, Parents' Choice Recommended and the recepient of an AFIM Award)
Bill Harley's 2007 Music CD: "I Wanna Play."