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MissSpider_DavidKirkHORSHAM, PA (April 12, 2015) — The youngest students in Hatboro‐Horsham School District are in for a special treat this week. To kick off National Library Week, the Hatboro‐Horsham Educational Foundation (HHEF) presents celebrated illustrator and author, David Kirk, the creator of Miss Spider’s series of books, toys and videos. During his two day visit (April 14 and 15), he will visit five elementary schools and two libraries.

Kirk will be the special guest at a Story Hour at the Horsham Library on April 14 at 4:00 pm and a Pajama Party at the Union Library of Hatboro on April 15 at 6:30 pm. While the school visits are not open to the public , the media is invited to cover (see schedule below). Kirk will be signing his latest title, Oh So Brave Dragon, released in 2014, which will be available for sale.

“Our students have been enjoying David Kirk’s books since they were toddlers,” shared Nancy DeLucia, Executive Director, Hatboro‐Horsham Educational Foundation. “We are so excited to have the opportunity to introduce our elementary students to the author and illustrator behind Miss Spider. Mr. Kirk is an incredibly accomplished author and illustrator as his books are read by children worldwide.” She added that they look forward to sharing this experience with the community through HHEF’s relationship with the Hatboro and Horsham libraries.

The Hatboro‐Horsham Educational Foundation provides inspiring programs like these to enhance the educational experience of all students as well as the community.

About David Kirk

David Kirk is the best–selling author and illustrator of the “Miss Spider” series of books for children, as well as the “Biddle” series, and Nova’s Arc. With stories in verse, and bright, colorful illustrations of animals and robots, Kirk has captured the hearts and minds of millions of children around the world, as well as many adults. His books have been spun off into a television special and a series for the Nickelodeon network as well as a line of designer clothing, accessories, and furniture produced and sold by Target Stores beginning in 2003.

Kirk graduated from the Cleveland Art Institute with a degree in painting. He began to make toys and his prototypes caught the eye of publisher Nicholas Callaway, who thought Kirk’s toys would make excellent characters for children’s literature. Callaway struck a deal with Scholastic to publish Kirk’s first book, Miss Spider’s Tea Party in 1994, which landed on the bestseller lists in its first month of publication. In the sequels to Miss Spider’s Tea Party, Kirk wrote about Miss Spider marrying (Miss Spider’s Wedding), buying a new car (Miss Spider’s New Car), and going to school (Little Miss Spider at Sunny Patch School). In 2003, Target featured a line of Miss Spider children’s clothing, furniture, and gardening tools, called “Sunny Patch”—all of which Kirk designed. Kirk enjoys spending time with his family and has cited as his biggest reward writing books that people enjoy reading.

About the Hatboro‐Horsham Educational Foundation

The HHEF (www.hhef.org) is a nonprofit organization that provides funding for programs that enhance the learning experience of our students and engage the community at large.

David Kirk’s Schedule

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 

  • 9:00 am Pennypack Elementary, 130 Spring Avenue, Hatboro, PA 19040
  • 10:30 am Simmons Elementary, 411 Babylon Road, Horsham, PA 19044
  • 1:30 pm Crooked Billet Elementary, 101 Meadowbrook Avenue, Hatboro, PA 19040
  • 4:00 pm Story Hour at the Horsham Library, 435 Babylon Road, Horsham, PA 19044 (open to the public)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

  • 9:00 am Hallowell Elementary, 200 Maple Avenue, Horsham, PA 19044
  • 10:30 am Hatboro‐Horsham High School, 899 Horsham Road, Horsham, PA 19044 (art students only)
  • 1:30 pm Blair Mill Elementary, 109 Bender Road, Hatboro, PA 19040
  • 6:30 pm Pajama Party at The Union Library of Hatboro, 243 S York Road, Hatboro, PA 19040 (open to the public)

Editors’ note: If you are interested in covering either of these events, contact Lisa Bailey at 215‐872‐5846 or lisabroidabailey@gmail.com.