After the Skype, ALL of the kiddos said they want to be an author/illustrator just like you! They were gluing pieces of paper together to make a book, they began sketching, coloring, cutting, talking about main characters…it was great to see them so excited!
Everyone has been raving about the visit and how beneficial and fruitful your visit has been. In a few words by some teachers in our school, “Best author visit ever!!! And I have seen quite a few.”
The students LOVED you! I think everyone of your books has at least 5 to 10 students waiting for it!
Thank you for the wonderful presentation yesterday. In addition to being entertaining, I appreciate the focus on some important character traits, especially persistence. This is right in line with our belief in a growth mindset and that “effort grows ability”.
Mr. Hale conveyed the importance of fulfilling dreams despite challenges and obstacles. As a result of his humorous perspective, the students were engaged and inspired to pursue dreams with passion, persistence, and practice.
Bruce gave our students a day they will never forget! He inspired all of us to find the joy of writing and sharing your story through books. Two solid thumbs up for Bruce Hale.
My students loved learning about how you write and why, not to mention all the personal touches you gave us! Thank you again and know you have made my students even more successful at reading!
You were well organized and prepared, and you made planning the author visit feel practically effortless. I was particularly pleased with the rapport you had with the students during the book signing. Thank you again for making this an author visit to remember.
Bruce Hale’s presentation was certainly a highlight of our BIG READ program. He is a delightful, exciting speaker who not only enthralled his audience with his words but also with his dramatic, musical, and artistic ability.
The highest compliment I heard today was that you spoke to the kids at their level without “talking down” to them. My students were talking about it all day long.
The dramatic story telling Bruce uses within his presentations resulted in students heading to the library to check out as many of his books as possible. If you’re looking for a highly motivating speaker (especially for your reluctant readers), mystery solved – Bruce is your guy!
It was an absolute pleasure to work with you on our Author-In-Residence program. Everyone loved you! I got tons of compliments from our teaching staff and we know that you inspired our students in so many ways. My son, Michael, commented last night that he wishes you were his uncle!!
Our circulation department informed us yesterday that they received a lot of new customers over the weekend because of you!!! You have really made an impact, and we are so grateful to you for sharing your inspiration with these kids!
Bruce Hale is a delight to host. He is flexible, kind and professional. I highly recommend him for library presentations.
On behalf of the Libraries United Conference Committee, thank you for making our conference such a success. People loved your programs — the storytelling and writing workshops especially got rave reviews! They wanted more! We’d love to have you back to Maine for a future conference.
Bruce was extremely easy to work with during the organization and implementation of authors’ week. The students and teachers absolutely adored him; they enjoyed his sessions because they were energetic, funny and educational.
Your impact on our students’ reading is seen every day here — kids carrying your books around and READING them!
Bruce is very easy to work with and has a wonderful personality for school visits. He is a great storyteller and easily holds the children’s attention. After the Author’s Faire, a special day student connected with him enough to go back to her room and reproduce all of his artwork, a gifted fifth grader spent the afternoon playing with language, and all over our neighborhood, children spent the weekend reading Bruce’s books.
Just a quick note to tell you I need hundreds of copies of your books! The kids and teachers are crazy about you and LOVED meeting you. Thank you so much for stopping by to see us! It was the highlight of our week!
The [Battle of the Books] kick-off this year was fantastic, thanks to you. We had our best attendance ever, and for weeks afterwards people would tell me how wonderful your program was. It’s no surprise that for two weeks following your presentation, we were unable to keep Chet Gecko books on our shelves!