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Author Dan Gutman Visits Harrison School

Credits: Coleen Caulfield, media specialist at Harrison Elementary School
Credits: Coleen Caulfield, media specialist at Harrison Elementary School
Credits: Coleen Caulfield, media specialist at Harrison Elementary School

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Children’s author Dan Gutman visited Harrison Elementary School on Wednesday Oct. 22 as part of a PTA-sponsored program presented to first and second grade students.

Gutman, who resides in Haddonfield, explained the process of writing his books and how his family including wife Nina, son Sam and daughter Emma inspire his writing.

He read a chapter from his upcoming book to be released in December, called “Oh Valentine, We’ve Lost our Minds.”

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Gutman also presented a slideshow entitled, “A Day in the Life of an Author,” which featured humorous photos of himself partaking in his daily routine.

Also, illustrations for popular titles, “Miss Daisy is Crazy,” “Mr. Klutz is Nuts,” and “Ms. Hannah is Bananas,” part of a series entitled, “My Weird School,” were shown to the children. Currently, Gutman is writing a new series of books, called “My Weirdest School.”

Gutman, who has written 117 books said, “I feel a sense of accomplishment when I finish writing a book.”

Following the presentation, a question and answer session was opened up and the children asked Gutman questions such as, “What was the first book you wrote?”

Gutman said he wrote his first book in 1985, called “I Didn’t Know You Could Do That With a Computer.”

When asked by TAP into Livingston staff about the most meaningful aspect of writing children’s books, Gutman said, “I didn’t get into this to save the world. I got into this because I have a knack for writing. It’s amazing how I can write some silly words on a page and have a child become interested in reading.”

“It makes me feel good to have stumbled into this profession and be able to do something good for the world,” added Gutman.

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