AuthorFest Spotlight: Brian Lies

AuthorFest is pleased to feature acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Brian Lies at the Greenwood School. Brian will speak to the first and second grade classes on April 11.


Born in Princeton, NJ, Brian graduated from Brown University with a degree in British and American Literature and attended Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He began his career creating op/ed page illustrations for many magazines and newspapers, including the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, and Chicago Tribune.  

He illustrated his first children's book in 1989 and has since created more than two dozen books, including his New York Times bestselling series, Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, Bats at the Ballgame, and Bats in the Band. His most recent illustrated books are Gator Dad, a celebration of engaged fatherhood, and Malcolm Under the Stars and Malcolm at Midnight by W.H. Beck.  

Brian nearly stopped reading in the third grade, but was supported by his local librarians and rebounded, becoming an avid, lifelong reader. His own experiences, coupled with current brain studies which show the importance of reading in social and emotional growth in young people, sparked Brian’s passion to encourage children to read. Brian now travels throughout the United States and works with students to support them in reaching their goals. He lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts with his wife, daughter, and two cats. For more information on Brian Lies’ books, visit