A Visit with author Bruce Hale

“If I can dream it, I can do it,” the students chanted in an exhuberant call and response led by visiting author Bruce Hale. This is how he ended his empowering and entertaining visit with Increase Miller students in kindergarten through third grade.

“The students were engaged by Bruce's dynamic, audience-participation driven presentation and enthralled by the entertaining and humorous stories he shared,” said Librarian Juli Hoffman. “I expect that a number of aspiring authors in the audience were inspired by his visit and anticipate a huge run on all of the library's Bruce Hale books!”

"We are very grateful to the IMES PTO for providing our students with this incredible experience!"

Hale began by sharing one of the turning points in his life with the students—when, as a child, his television broke and he discovered books. “The power of books and stories pointed my life in the right direction,” said Hale.

His visit included time to read some of his books aloud, give a drawing lesson and answer students questions.

  • How long does it take you to write a book? Three to four weeks for a picture book. "Switched," my latest novel, took one year.
  • What’s your favorite children’s book? That’s like asking what’s your favorite toe! My favorite authors include Roald Dahl, Dav Pilkey and Paula Danziger.
  • What do you do when you’re not writing? Draw, play with a Latin jazz band, go to the movies and eat chocolate chip cookies.

Hale asked the students what they want to be when they grow up. Answers included: Artist, soccer player, explorer, hockey player, news reporter, inventor, policeman, author, marine biologist, builder, carpenter, and vet.

“Find something you love to do,” he told them. “It really changes your life.”