‘Pout-Pout Fish’ author coming to Discovery Place KIDS

fishChildren’s author Deborah Dieson and illustrator Dan Hanna are coming to Rockingham.

Have you ever thought about becoming an author or an illustrator when you grow up?

Find out more about these fascinating careers when the creators of the best-selling children’s book series The Pout-Pout Fish, rhyming children’s picture books, visit Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham.

DPK has joined with The Country Bookshop to bring Diesen and Hanna to the museum for a special meet and greet session.

Join the gang at DPK at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Sandhills Stage to hear all about what inspired The Pout-Pout Fish.

Debbie and Dan also will be available to sign books.

According to ChildrensLiteratureNetwork.org, Diesen was in elementary school when she penned her first piece of creative writing, a rhyming poem about a butterfly. She typed it up carefully and showed it to her Mom. “Wonderful!” said her Mom. “But be sure to put a date on it. Writers always date their work.” Those simple words of encouragement gave Debbie a lifelong belief in herself as a Real Writer.

As the years passed, Debbie set aside creative writing. She attended Michigan State University for her undergraduate degree, and then obtained her library degree at the University of Michigan. She found that the role of reference librarian suited her well. But her dream of writing never entirely faded.

Deborah Diesen

Deborah Diesen

After the birth of her elder son, Debbie began writing again. She returned to her early love of rhyme and began to write children’s stories. Hard work, persistence, and lots and lots of luck led to the publication of The Pout-Pout Fish, illustrated by Dan Hanna and published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. It was beyond thrilling for Debbie when her debut book spent time on the New York Times picture book best seller list and was named by Time magazine as one of the Top Ten Children’s Books of 2008.

Copies of The Pout-Pout Fish are available for purchase from the museum’s kiosk in the front lobby for anyone who would like to purchase a book beforehand. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

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