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“I will never forget your visit.”
—4th grader, PA

“I love all your advice, stories, and cheerful attitude!”
—4th grader, PA

“I loved the assembly. It was one of the best assemblies I've ever been to! You are so hilarious! I think you are a great person and inspire a lot of kids. Thank you!”
—4th grader, PA

“I really enjoyed the assembly. It was the best assembly I have been to out of Kindergarten and First and Second grade. You made me want to become an author and illustrator.”
—3rd Grader, PA

“Thank you for coming to our school Henry Cole. You were the best and funniest one there.”
—3rd Grader, PA

“I was speechless you did so good.”
—4th grader, PA

“You went with the flow like a waterfall.”
—4th grader, PA

“I really hope you can keep your career going.”
—4th grader, PA

“I've heard from EVERYONE how much they enjoyed the visit. I had parents stopping me as they went through the Kiss and Ride line. I also had kids shouting Henry Cole quotes all week in the library....it was HYSTERICAL! Thank you for... a truly memorable day!”
—Media Specialist, VA

“Thanks for being the best person in the whole entire world.”
—2nd grader, NC

“Your love of literature is infectious and refreshing. We love that you encouraged our students to create their own stories.”
—Elementary Teacher, VA

“It was so wonderful to have a library full of laughter and joy!”
—Media Specialist, VA

“You made my life as great as it can be.”
—4th grader, VA

“You passion for illustration and sharing it is incredibly fun to be around. I know our students loved your visit!”
—Music Teacher, NC

“You seem like the best author ever. The reason of that is because you give lots of details including funny ones. As an author your facial expressions are as good as an actor. You're so funny and I am glad you came. ”
—4th grader, VA

“I love your silliness and all the pictures you draw. I am an artist too so it was a compliment, artist to artist.”
—4th grader, VA

“Thank you for the awesome assembly. You inspired me to work had with sports and drawing. Now I can draw anything.”
—2nd grader, VA

“I am still hearing rave reviews of your presentations from students and faculty! One fifth grader even asked me, "What are you going to do next year to top that?!" Good question! ”
—Media Specialist, GA

“Henry, parents, teachers, and students are still talking about your visit to our school. It truly was the best author/illustrator visit we have ever had, and we've had many in my 20 years here. You are such a gifted communicator. When teachers were cackling as well as the students, who didn't even realize they were learning while laughing, I knew that the visit was all that I was hoping for and more. Many, many thanks for arranging to be with us last week. ”
—Librarian, GA

“Thank you for sharing your time and talent with us. Our learners and learning leaders raved about your visit, and it was a great way to kick off a brilliant week of Literacy celebration!”
—Media Specialist, FL

“Thank you for coming to our school. We had a really fun time with you and I hope you did too! You were really funny, a really good actor and a good character and you always made us laugh! I will never forget you. You have inspired me to love writing and to make a book called Journey.”
—3rd grader, VA

“Your visit was the highlight of the year! Thank you for encouraging our students and for your captivating presentations!”
—Media Specialist, VA

“We all want you to come back. Can you maybe visit every now and then.”
—3rd grader, VA

“I told my brother your stories and he bursted out laughing and laughed so hard that his face turned really red.”
—3rd Grader, VA

“I think you're the funniest author I ever met. You're also the only author I've ever met.”
—3rd grader, VA

“You are so super silly. I bet the whole entire school loved you! I know I did. You could probably make a million people laugh at once. That's how funny you are.”
—3rd Grader, VA

“Thank you again! The kids have been talking about you all week and asking for your books. One youngster told me he had never known an adult could be so funny. The teachers are excited about the enthusiasm of all the students.”
—Media Specialist, MD

“I wish I had a life like you.”
—Third grader, VA

“You made me laugh like I never had before.”
—Third grader, VA

“I am not entirely certain that I can adequately convey the full impact of Henry Cole's visit to our school! Each presentation fully engaged our students and faculty, regardless of age. We laughed at his real life stories. We learned how books are made. We sat in wonderment watching Henry create illustrations right in front of our eyes. The day after the visit numerous parents contacted me to describe the excitement their children shared upon returning home. Students and faculty alike were entranced by the magic that is Henry!”
—Elementary School, FL

“I simply enjoyed his "joy" : > )”
—High School Faculty, VA

“Thanks for keeping us entertained for a while.”
—4th grader, MD

“You are funny, smart, hilarious, and a great drawer.”
—4th grader, MD

“This was my favorite assembly!”
—4th grader, MD

“I thought you were AMAZING!!!! You're so funny and hilarious!”
—4th grader, MD

“You were the Best.”
—4th grader, MD

“Thank you a bunch for spending your time making us laugh, telling us stories, and teaching us. Your silliness made your presentation wonderful. Please come again soon!”
—4th grader, MD

“Thank you for coming. I think you were so funny and I also think all of the other people thought you were really funny too! You should become a comedy show person.”
—4th grader, MD

“I don't laugh but you made me laugh.”
—4th grader, MD

“A great treat for the student body. How refreshing and inspiring to hear someone present who was able to take his lifelong passion and turn it into a true occupation and profession!! His work is clearly not "his Job" and I really hope our students were able to pick up on that part of his message. For those who might have missed that message, surely Mr. Cole's humor alone was good for them. Human entertainment, NOT on a screen and NOT involving buttons or keys...wonderful!!!!!”
—High School Faculty, VA

“What a clever way to talk about perseverance, resilience, and quality work.”
—High School Faculty, VA

“(Mr. Cole) proved that we cannot assume that high school students are not interested in storytelling. What they learned in elementary school and what they are learning in high school all go hand-in-hand!!!”
—High School Faculty, VA

“The experience for our students was immeasurably valuable. Mr. Cole validated the work of the artist and writer in a time when our society is almost singularly focused on math, science, industry and technology.”
—High School Faculty, VA

“Passion + hard work = a meaningful life of contribution. What a valuable message he demonstrated for our students. Thanks for bringing him and his positive light to our school!”
—High School Faculty, VA

“One thing I thought about yesterday's visit was how utterly spellbinding Mr. Cole was for a large group of teenagers. The majority of those present were completely captivated by his presentation. I described his presentation to my wife over dinner and she was smiling from ear to ear. ”
—High School Faculty, VA

“I cannot tell you all of the incredible comments from students about the visit. One I remember in particular said..."It made me feel so like a little kid again...it was great!" Another one said..."OH my gosh he was so incredible...I really enjoyed that!"”
—High School Faculty, VA

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for such an incredible new experience for our students and staff!”
—High School Faculty, VA

“I wanted you to know that you were the talk of the school today! I heard so many wonderful comments about your presentation. "Hilarious!" was the consensus from students and my colleagues alike. Thanks again for making our students want to have assemblies again! I walked into a 5th grade classroom that had just returned from their time with you and they had an impromptu 20 minute discussion about your presentation...those kids couldn't stop smiling. As always, WELL DONE!”
—2nd Grade Teacher, VA

“You have a very intelligent brain and you are very hilarious.”
—Third grader, GA

“You are awesome! You are the funniest person in the world. You will be the funniest person I will ever meet. You are my favorite author in the world! Everyone loves you!”
—Third grader, GA

“You have inspired me to be an artist and an author. You are my favorite person that came to our school. You're the funniest, greatest and smartest person I know. I want to be exactly like you. I want you to come back to our school. When that day comes that would be the happiest day of my life! I can't wait!”
—Third grader, GA

“You are such an amazing author and illustrator, even if you got all those sticky notes! I have never got to meet someone as hilarious and talented as you are.”
—Third grader, GA

“You made me LAUGH so hard.”
—Third grader, GA

“When you came into the library and saw us sit down you looked ready.”
—Third grader, GA

“You are so hilarious and bright. I think that you are the best author that has ever come to our school.”
—Third grader, GA

“You were so amazing and funny. I loved the way you used lots of expression.”
—Third grader, GA

“I liked your imagination. You are the funniest person I have ever met. Some authors are funny but you are hilarious.”
—Third grader, GA

“You are the most coolest and most funniest person I've ever met!”
—Third grader, GA

“You are so so so so so so so funny.”
—Third grader, GA

“You taught me that you can make a masterpiece with a piece of broken crayon!”
—3rd grader, GA

“I loved the way you entertained me. It was so funny, like sitting next to a comedian.”
—3rd grader, GA

“Thank you for coming! Thank you for taking the time to come to our school! I love your books! You are so funny! Thank you for everything! I was very happy to meet you!”
—4th grader, GA

“What an inspiration you are, to all ages. Thank you for an afternoon of fun!”
—Preschool teacher, VA

“You will never be forgotten! The smiles and giggles continue!”
—Preschool teacher, OH

“Thank you for coming to our school! You were simply amazing! The children and teachers truly enjoyed your presentation. You let "your light" shine brightly to inspire us all to tap into our creative side. God bless you!”
—2nd Grade Teacher, OH

“Thank you for coming to our school. I wish I was there but I was not. My dad went to this school on the app safari and looked it up and there you were. You were wonderful.”
—2nd grader, OH

“You made me laugh all the way to my house. Can you please come back again?”
—2nd Grader, OH

“I never got bored.”
—2nd Grader, MD

“You are the most awesome person ever.”
—2nd Grader, MD

“I go very crazy too sometimes. You were awesome.”
—2nd Grader, MD

“You were so so so so so soooo funny!”
—2nd Grader, MD

“My favorite part was when you were a fish.”
—4th grader, VA

“You are a great person.”
—4th grader, VA

“I don't know where to begin in thanking you for a most memorable visit. Our students are still talking about your great presentations and your wonderful books! Our parents have shared that you have been the topic of discussion at the dinner table...I am hearing from parents that their children are writing and illustrating like never before. Thank you for a spectacular afternoon! You are the best!”
—Media Specialist, MD

“I hope you know I am your biggest fan and I wish I could buy a book from you but my mom and dad didn't want any.”
—4th grader, VA

“Thank you for coming to our school. You were very funny and I enjoyed listening to your story and I don't have a favorite part because I liked the hole thing. You do things that other people don't.”
—5th grader, VA

“Thank you for visiting us because you made our day a whole lot funner!”
—5th grader, VA

“You made me and my friends giggle and laugh and smile!”
—2nd grader, VA

“I am 10 years old and I thought you were hilarious. I don't really like to read so I assumed that the meeting with you would be boring. I thought that you would just read kiddie books. Turns out I was terribly wrong. You told all these funny stories, your journey to becoming an author and illustrator and your childhood. Thanks for everything. You're the best.”
—5th grader, VA

“You are a super star!”
—Media Specialist, VA

“It was amazing excellent fabulouse!”
—3rd Grader, VA

“I am writing to you to say thank you for a good laff. I was feeling alitol sad that day so thank you. ”
—3rd grader, VA

“I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for your visit to our school yesterday. I have heard such amazing feedback today about your presentation! Kids loved it, teachers loved it, and most importantly, the kids were inspired. I have had countless kids tell me today that they are writing a book now. Many of them have plans to write their book and then illustrate it over spring break! There were several kids who checked out drawing books today because now, they want to practice drawing. I've even heard from several parents who have told me that their child doesn't usually get excited about things that happen during school, but they came home yesterday talking about your visit and now they want to read more of your books, or write their own book, or illustrate a friend's book. So, please know that you made a difference yesterday in the lives of many people. Thank you again and I hope to have the opportunity to meet you again in the future!”
—Media Specialist, VA

“I would like to take a moment to thank you for coming to (our school) today. I am a parent of a student and we really enjoyed your presentation. Your overall giddiness for what you do really shows and you had us laughing non stop. We appreciate you taking time to visit our school. ”
—Parent, Elementary School

“Thank you for coming to our school. I really enjoyed the awesome hour I got to spend in my day.”
—5th grader, FL

“You are so funny that my heart starting beating slowly for 20 seconds.”
—5th grader, FL

“I was laughing so hard I almost forgot to breathe. It was so interesting when you were drawing to the beat of the music. I learned you can do anything you want with practice.”
—5th grader, FL

“I like when you make me laugh so hard I almost fall over.”
—5th grader, FL

“You made me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe.”
—5th grader, FL

“I liked the picture you drew. It inspired me to draw more often. The more you practice the better you get, so I better get busy and practice.”
—5th grader, FL

“I enjoyed your time to come to my school (heehee) you are very funny to the fact that I had the giggles all day (heehee).”
—4th Grader, FL

“Just wanted you to know the students and teachers cannot stop talking about how much then enjoyed your presentations. The teachers keep telling me how meaningful and inspirational you were...thanks again for your impact on our students.”
—Media Specialist, FL

“You are a VERY funny person and you have a great life and you are very creative. I just want to say thank you for inspiring me to get back to drawing for the longest time I stopped drawing because I stunk but I'll keep trying now.”
—4th Grader, FL

“Loved your voice.”
—4th Grader, FL

“You made me understand everything you were talking about.”
—4th Grader, FL

“You inspire people to do great things.”
—4th Grader, FL

“I was so inspired with your visit I wanted to go dig a pond, but my mom told me not to. Poopy.”
—5th grader, FL

“I loved when you were drawing to the music so I went home and did it myself.”
—5th grader, FL

“You made me laugh so hard I started to cry.”
—5th grader, FL

“Dear Henry Cole thanks for that action packed presentation in the Media Center. You made an excellent presentation. You are the funniest person in the school that I have met. Don't destroy the world please you funny knucklehead!”
—4th Grader, FL

“What a wonderful way to begin our week! Thank you for inspiring my 2nd grade class to become 'great' writers and illustrators. I know this will always be a wonderful memory for all of us.”
—2nd Grade Teacher, FL

“You were so funny I had to lay on my friends shoulder to breath.”
—5th grader, FL

“You made me laugh my heart out.”
—5th grader, FL

“You were so, so, so, so, so funny and I liked it.”
—1st grader, FL

“Thank you for coming to our school you so so so funny. You are out of this world. I love your job it's so Fun!!!”
—1st grader, FL

“You are so good at drawing! You just start out with something weird looking, then it turns into a magical picture! Thank you for coming to our school. You really made me laugh!”
—5th grader, FL

“I had fun fun and fun.”
—1st grader, FL

“Thank you for visiting my school! My whole class kept mentioning all the funny parts. Even my Girl Scout Troop talks about you!”
—5th grader, FL

“It was very nice when you came. You must practice a lot to draw so quick and so good. When I got home I drew pictures too.”
—5th grader, FL

“You were so funny I almost peed in my pants! Actually you inspired me to take a picture of my dog and draw him.”
—5th grader, FL

“I learned a lot from you. I laughed so hard I felt like would fall over on the floor.”
—5th grader, FL

“I almost died at one part, because it was so funny!”
—3rd grader, KY

“I wish I was your parner. It would be fun working with you.”
—3rd grader, KY

“Many illustrators that come to my school have inspired me, but you have inspired me the most.”
—4th grader, KY

“Sometimes you'll mess up but we all make mistakes.”
—3rd grader, KY

“You inspired me to make my own book so I'm making my own chapter book! And you made me laugh so hard I knocked over my friend!”
—4th grader, KY

“I love you!!!!! I'm going to explode.”
—3rd grader, KY

“I love how funny you are! You are just like me!”
—3rd grader, KY

“Thank you very much for visiting (our school). Unfortunately, I had bad allergies that day ad was not able to attend.”
—5th grader, KY

“I must say that you are a truly amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed your visit.”
—4th grader, KY

“You even made the boys behind me laugh!”
—3rd grader, KY

“My favorite part was you.”
—4th grader, KY

“You were the best visitor we have ever had.”
—3rd grader, KY

“I love your drawings. You're very funny. I even loved your actions.”
—1st grader, KY

“You were so funny it made me laugh until I thought my head was going to explode!”
—4th grader, KY

“Thank you for making us laugh. Thank you for making it enjoyable. You are the best author that has come to our school.”
—5th grader, KY

“Thank you for coming. I loved your funny stories. And I love love love your drawing to music. And your books.”
—3rd grader, KY

“You are hilarious. I don't know how you do it. Everything you said was interesting. You are awesome. You inspired me to do better and take my time. I would love for you to come again!”
—2nd grader, KY

“I really enjoyed your wonderful, awesome, amazing visit and I hope your wonderful, awesome, amazing self comes to visit again!”
—3rd grader, KY

“My favorite part was you, because you were so hysterical and funny.”
—3rd grader, KY

“You are funny. And you made me want to be an author too. ”
—2nd grader, KY

“It was hard to breathe because of all your funny jokes and faces.”
—4th grader, KY

“I love your sense of humor that made everyone go crazy.”
—3rd grader, KY

“Thank you for just making us laugh.”
—4th grader, KY

“Good job.”
—4th grader, KY

“You've made me strong about books.”
—2nd grader, KY

“I loved Henry Cole! When I saw Henry Cole acting my imagination blasted by 100%. He told stories with a lot of exageration and detail. It really made me feel like I was there.”
—3rd grader, NJ

“I've never seen a person like you.”
—3rd grader, KY

“You are the funnyest man ever!”
—3rd grader, NJ

“Henry Cole was very imaginative by the way he would describe stories. A 5 minute story for one person was a 30 minute story for him. I hope I can see him again. Henry Cole's visit was as precious as gold.”
—3rd grader, NJ

“Henry Cole was like no other person that ever visited (our school).”
—4th grader, NJ

“It’s been a week since you visited us & the teachers & kids cannot stop talking about how much they enjoyed you. Thank you for leaving behind such great drawings & your contagious inspiration to write & draw!”
—Media Specialist, NJ

“Please, please, please come back again.”
—3rd grader, KY

“Not only a smart, dynamic, funny presenter but a great story.”
—Parent, Elementary School, Maryland

“The presentation was great. In my opinion it was funny and inspiring. I think you gave me something because as soon as I got home I got paper and pencil. ”
—Elementary Student, VA

“I think you are a good roll motel for young writers all around the world.”
—Elementary Student, ND

“You made it so I laughed all day.”
—Elementary Student, VA

“I was very happy and I never laugh at school so hard.”
—Elementary Student, VA

“You were the opposite of what I thought you'd be like.”
—Elementary Student, VA

“I don't know if I could ever be as happy as the day I met you.”
—Elementary Student, VA

“You are my friend. And you are the best.”
—Elementary Student, VA

“What an amazing presentation this morning! Your energy and positive attitude are infectious. Thank you for taking the time to come and visit us.”
—Elementary Teacher, PA

“I am glad you came you got me out of doing work.”
—Elementary Student, VA

“Well, I for one have heard nothing but rave reviews from staff, students, and parents!”
—Media Specialist, VA

“When I get home I'm going to plant some trees.”
—Elementary Student, ND

“All the kids that get to watch you are so lucky!”
—Elementary Student, VA

“I loved your presentation you were so hilarious I laughed my pants off. It was the best presentation I have ever seen in my hole entire life.”
—Elementary Student, VA

“You are like a writing clown.”
—Elementary Student, ND

“My daughter got to hear you talk today and she has done nothing but talk about you since she's been home. She has giggled ever since she has been home about how funny you were. I couldn't ever thank you enough for taking time out of your busy life to come talk to these children. You have brought my daughters spark back at home and that is what I needed to see. ”
—Parent, IA

“I loved your presentation...all of it was sooooo cool, I think you've been my favorite author that we've ever had at our school through all of the years we have done it, you were sooooooooooooooo funny. I hope you will come again sometime.”
—4th grader, IA

“I loved your presentation because you were funny and I learned a lot I did not know.”
—Elementary Student, VA

“Thank you for the best presentation I have ever seen.”
—Elementary Student, VA

“You are fabulous...my first graders are still talking about you! You touch so many lives. Thanks for touching ours!”
—Elementary Teacher, VA

“When I first heard an author was coming to our school I was thinking it would be boring. But when the first word came out of your mouth I was like going crazy. I think you were the best speaker who ever came to our school and let me tell you I have been here since kindergarten.”
—Elementary Student, VA

“I could watch you every day, minute, hour, second, milisecond you name it and I will be there.”
—Elementary Student, VA

“The teachers and students loved you! What a great choice I made in booking you!”
—Media Specialist, FL

“What a perfect day. You are the perfect illustrator.”
—2nd grader, FL

“You had us from your first word---what an engaging and inspiring talk! Thank you so very much.”
—Media Specialist, VA

“My children loved love loved your talk! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us!”
—Elementary Teacher, VA

“What a wonderful, informative presentation! Thank you for your inspiration!”
—Kindergarten Teacher, VA

“We enjoyed your presentation so much! Thank you for your beautiful books and for inspiring my 2nd graders!”
—Elementary Teacher, VA

“We love you, Henry!!!”
—Media Specialist, FL

“You are like a writing clown.”
—3rd grade student, ND

“I want to thank you again for sharing your many talents and humor with our students. Your passion and enthusiasm for your work shone through with every word and stroke of your crayon. The kids thoroughly enjoyed every moment, and are still ordering copies of your books! You even inspired me to take my own book project off the back burner:) ”
—Media Specialist, FL

“You are like the funniest person ever besides me.”
—3rd grade student, FL

“Thank you for all the addvis about writing and drawing I think it will help me in the future I think you are a good roll motel for young writers all around the world. PS I think you are really funny.”
—3rd grade student, ND

“I saw you today...and wanted you to know just how much I enjoyed your visit and passion for drawing and your incredible skills with humor.”
—Parent, Elementary School, FL

“I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you what an amazing morning I had with my daughter and her classmates at the Click Conference. Your presentation was simply awesome! I think every person in that audience was completely entranced! Thank you thank you thank you for inspiring our children and for sharing your terrific stories and art. ”
—Tampa, FL

“Oh, I must thank you- for a wonderful day. You are amazing and the best presenter to children I have seen...Thank you for everything.”
—University Professor, FL

“You are a nice man and you are sweet.”
—second grader, FL

“I loved when you talked today. It was amazing! You made me laugh the whole time.”
—Fourth grader, ND

“You are the greatest illustrator in the whole world. Also you are the funnyest person in the whole world. I think that you're the greatest book maker in the whole world!”
—fourth grader, ND

“You are the beast!”
—Second grader, ND

“Your presentation was the best in more than six years here at (my school)!”
—4th grade student, FL

“I didn't have a favorite part because the whole thing was favorite!”
—3rd grade student, FL

“You are the best, Henry Cole!”
—4th grade student, FL

“Thank you Mr. Cole to do awesome stuff.”
—Kindergartener, IA

“Thank you for taking the time out of your day to make us happy.”
—4th grade student, FL

“I don't think one person didn't laugh. You made my day in fact you made my month!”
—4th grade student, FL

“I was laughing so hard i couldn't breathe!”
—4th grade student, FL

“The school laughed its head off!”
—4th grade student, FL

“It was such a delight having you here! The students and teachers are still buzzing about your visit. We all thoroughly enjoyed your presentations (Wow!!)”
—Media Specialist, GA

“I want to be just like you. I just want to see you again. I want my brother to see you! And my cousin! And my family!”
—Second grader, FL

“Keep on doing what you do because that's what you're good at.”
—Fourth grader, FL

“Still getting fabo feed back from your visit...my favorite story was the mom who told me she had to make her kids take timed turns to re-enact your story telling because they were yelling and flailing over each other to show their imitations of you. Darling!!! ”
—Media Specialist, GA

“Can I just tell you that today has been so wonderful! I wish you were a fly on the wall to hear all the amazing positive feedback from your visit. The kids are completely abuzzzzzzzz, especially with the bee story! I am pretty sure you could move in tomorrow. Thank you again for your presence here yesterday. It was so much fun and a great change of pace. ”
—Faculty Member, GA

“A truly amazing, inspirational, entertaining, and insightful presentation today! Thank you so much!”
—Parent, Elementary School, CA

“You have gifts for not just writing and illustrating, but also for speaking and engaging children! I am so grateful that my children got to hear you speak, watch you work, and read your books!”
—Parent, Elementary School Faculty, CA

“ While you are entertaining yet another audience, we are still basking in the magic of this past weekend and remembering how much fun we had during the Children’s Festival. Just want to say thank you, AGAIN, for all you do.”
—Supervisor, Public Library, MT

“The day Henry Cole visited our school the excitement was palpable. His childhood stories came alive with drama, expression, and above all, a sense of humor that all ages related to. Henry's ability to draw his characters with such speed and artistic style was truly the icing on the cake.His message was that everyone has a story to tell and he inspired our students to tell theirs.”
—Art Teacher, Elementary School, MA

“If anyone embodies passion and creativity, it is Henry Cole. He came into our school and shattered the notions of what an author visit was supposed to look and sound like. He inspired with laughter and tears. He was the powerful speaker for both teachers and students.”
—5th grade teacher, MA

“As I look back upon Mr. Cole's visit I am still astonished at the personal connection he established in such a brief stay. His personal disclosure was so vivid and touching I think we all felt his sincerity. At one point we both had tears in our eyes as no doubt did many others. It was a remarkable event for the entire community. ”
—3rd grade teacher, MA

“Everyone is still laughing...'til it hurts... about all the fun and inspiration you brought to our school. Your outstanding presentations will keep us reading, learning, drawing, caring, and imagining for years to come. For me, although it's been years, you certainly reconfirmed the reason I've loved and shared your books for so long.”
—Administrator, MA

“Thank you ever so much for regaling us with stories, positive solutions to our environmental concerns, and... your shrieks! You touched so many lives!”
—Faculty, Elementary School, MA

“We loved Henry Cole. Can we have him back every other year? It was an extraordinary good day. ”
—Faculty, Elementary School, MA

“(Our school )was fortunate to host this eloquent, hilarious and most prolific storyteller at its annual Authorfest this year. His presentations dazzled audiences of all ages. Using his remarkable ability for drawing, Cole captured and held students’ interest as he wove his own personal story through a narrative that celebrated storytelling and ultimately encouraged students to develop their own individual talents and tales. ”
—Faculty, Elementary School, MA

“Mr. Cole is a vivid storyteller...his humor is a delight and his artistry inspiring!”
—Faculty, Elementary School, MA

“Thank you for coming to our school. It really expired alot of people at our school.”
—4th Grader, NE

“Everybody was really happy that you came to our school. I was laughing really hard. Everybody was laughing. How can you do that at every school it must be really hard for you to go to school to school. I bet by the time you read this you will probably be running dry.”
—4th grade student, NE

“I want to tell you that you just walked in and lit up that entire room today. Folks were so energized and inspired by your presence that they were absolutely buzzing with positive energy. Thank you, Henry. ”
—Writer's Group Coordinator, VA

“We have quite a few new media specialists in (our county) this year. I've already told them all about what your magical, mesmerizing performances did for our entire school community. We still reminisce about your visit and hope you'll be willing and able to come back next year!”
—Media Specialist, FL

“Dear Henry the Magnificent, You were beyond fantastic. Thank you so much for coming. ”
—Event Coordinator, NJ

“We knew Henry was going to be good, but he exceeded all our expectations at the Children's Festival of the Book in the Bozeman Public Library. His instant connection with kids -- and adults -- was like watching magic unfold before my very eyes. There was uproarious laughter, poignant tears, and a shared love of children's literature. Henry changes lives. ”
—Media Specialist, MT

“We knew Henry was going to be good, but he exceeded all our expectations at the Children's Festival of the Book in the Bozeman Public Library. His instant connection with kids -- and adults -- was like watching magic unfold before my very eyes. There was uproarious laughter, poignant tears, and a shared love of children's literature. Henry changes lives. ”
—Library Staff Member, MT

“I have never seen large groups like that so rapt with attention! I received incredibly positive feedback from teachers, students AND parents whose students shared with excitement at home. Thank you!”
—Principal, Elementary School, CA

“Your story and heartwarming approach to children's literature is inspiring beyond words! I wanted you to know what a lasting impression you made on me during your time with us. ”
—University Student, CA

“Oh my gosh!!! Everyone just loved you. It is so wonderful so see everyone so happy and laughing. The kids and adults could not stop talking about you today.”
—Librarian, VA

“On the last day of (our Children's Lit)conference we always ask the group to tell us something that made them smile during the week. One woman stood up and said, "Henry Cole makes me smile." In fact she continued with..."If Brad Pitt had walked into this auditorium, I would have still stayed to listen to Henry."”
—Conference Coordinator, VA

“You taught me how to transform my life.”
—3rd grade student, FL

“OMG! I loved how Henry Cole is so AWESOME!!!!!!”
—4th grade student, MD

“It's nice to walk in the hallway of our school and still hear people talking about how much they enjoyed your company. Oh boy you make me laugh. It was awesome. Please come back.”
—4th grade student, MD

“Have you thought about being a comedian? If you have then you should because you're really funny. You would be the best in the business no doubt about it. The whole time I was in the crowd I was laughing.”
—4th grade student, MD

“I've never seen anyone as talented as you. I love the way you sketched and animated your self. ”
—3rd grade student, FL

“You make people say "WOW"”
—4th grade student, FL

“We dote on you a lot. And we really relished your visit.”
—4th grade student, MD

“I love how funny you are. Thank you for not making us want to fall asleep.”
—4th grade student, MD

“I personally think that you are the best author in the world. If they had a vote of who was the best author I would choose you. And i think you are a funny man. And your drawings are spectacular. But mostly I want to say that you're an amazing man and I admire you.”
—4th grade student, FL

“You should be a comedian because you are so funny. You would make more money. Then make more people laugh. Also you could be on TV. Also would people would love you.”
—4th grade student, MD

“Thank you for the marvelous presentations you gave our students. They were so inspired by your words. As a teacher, you encouraged me to foster creativity as well. You are truly the best speaker we have had, and we hope to have you again!”
—Teacher, MD

“Your visit was definitely a high spot in the school year for our students and teachers. I have received nothing but rave reviews from all who attended one of your presentations. But thank you, mostly, for your continuing contribution to children's literature.”
—Media Specialist, MD

“You were super duper really really really ultra super funny!!!!!!!”
—4th grade student, FL

“You are the most funniest person I have ever met in my whole life. I hope I see you again. I was the girl who asked you to sign my face.”
—4th grade student, FL

“You are very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very funny. You are also very interesting, and not really boring.”
—4th grade student, FL

“Thank you for the marvelous presentation you gave our students. They were so inspired by your words. As a teacher, you encouraged me to foster creativity in my students as well. You are the best speaker we have ever had, and we hope to have you again!”
—Elementary Teacher, FL

“Thank you for being the funniest person I have ever met! Also for coming to our school.”
—4th grade student, FL

“Your visit was definitely the high spot in the school year for our students and teachers. I have received nothing but rave reviews from all who attended one of your presentations. Thank you for your continuing contribution to children's literature.”
—Media Specialist, FL

“Thank you for coming to (our school). I purely, joyfully loved your presentation! You were soooooooooooooooooooooo funny!”
—5th grade student, FL

“When you were talking it sounded like you had sugar for breakfast (that's a good thing)!”
—5th grade student, FL

“You've inspired the whole elementary school! You've made them laugh, too.”
—5th grade student, FL

“I really enjoyed the picture that you drew. Now every time I see a piece of paper I think of you.”
—5th grade student, FL

“You are AWESOME! We have had a lot of author visits but yours was by far the best.”
—5th grade student, FL

“You seem like a well rounded man. Thank you.”
—5th grade student, FL

“I liked your stories. Later today I'm going to swing the kitty back and forth.”
—5th grade student, FL

“You made my day great!”
—5th grade student, FL

“I thought that this would be a boring normal visit like other ones. This one was not normal this one was super fun. Thank you!”
—5th grade student, FL

“You inspired me to not give up. ”
—5th grade student, FL

“I'm thinking of writing a chapter book.”
—5th grade student, FL

“What a wonderful presentation you gave! You are an author, an illustrator, and presenter, but most importantly you are a storyteller! You can tell a story by writing, by drawing and by presenting it complete with sound effects, facial expressions, and movement! My granddaughter and I won't soon forget having met you! Thank you for such a fun and informative time.”
—Grandparent, MO

“Thank you for making my life feel like a new place.”
—4th grader, MO

“All I can say is I can't say one bad thing about your writing. ”
—4th grade student, MO

“Thank you for coming to our district. I love and I mean love your funny personality.”
—4th grade student, MO

“I thought you would be younger, I guess i thought wrong.”
—4th grader, MO

“Thank you for all the energy you gave us. It was the funnest time ever.”
—4th grade student, MO

“My school loves you.”
—4th grade student, FL

“Thank you so much for visiting our school. We all loved your energetic, animated presentation, teachers and students alike. My class was so inspired after your visit that they wanted to write to you and share some of their illustrations. This is huge for my particular group because they are in a remedial setting. All of my students have repeated one or more grade and are in a special, early, drop-out prevention program. So, to motivate students who typically struggle with reading and writing is uplifting (for them, and for me). Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
—Teacher, MD

“Thank you for your wonderful visit. I liked how you were funny but you told many important lessons that kids could use someday.”
—4th grade student, MD

“Before I met you I thought there were no authors or illustrators that are silly billy. My favorite part of your visit was when you acted like a fish.”
—3rd grade student, FL

“After I got home I told my mom that I want to be Henry Cole when I grow up!”
—4th grade student, MD

“Your talk was filled with inspirational messages that we ALL enjoyed. Your talent is amazing and we feel so fortunate to have had the "Henry Cole Experience"!”
—4th grade Teacher, MD

“I loved your thrilling stories. I'd also like to comment on your timing. It was how you acted like a fish and scared us all in the end, and how you finished your picture just when the music stopped. Thanks, Mr. Cole!”
—4th Grader, MD

“I wanted to thank you for your visit because it was stupendous and informational! I loved the way you gave messages from your stories.”
—4th Grader, MD

“You're just like my Uncle Paul. He died.”
—Second grader, MD

“I laught so hard i fell over.”
—Second grader, MD

“I am so happy you came here. You are a really good guy. I wish you could come here every single day and draw.”
—4th grade student, FL

“You were so funny I cried.”
—4th grade student, FL

“I loved your sound effects! They took my breath away.”
—4th grade student, FL

“My favorite part was all of it. You made me laugh the whole entire time.”
—4th grade student, FL

“We LOOOOVVVVEEEDDD you being here!!! You were all anyone could talk about! I even had parents come and ask me who you were because their children just went on and on!!!”
—Principal, Elementary School, FL

“We love how funny you are. Do you do anything else except make people laugh?”
—Second grader, MD

“Please don’t read this if gushing bores you or offends you. Okay, you’re still here, so let me begin. Words cannot adequately express how much the students, staff and parents of Roberts Elementary enjoyed your presentation(s) yesterday. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, has talked of little else today. You made memories that will last a lifetime. You entertained us…you inspired us…you motivated us…you encouraged us…you touched us…you WOWED us! I would have written you last night, but I was too busy reading and responding to emails from parents, telling me how much your visit meant to their children. ”
—Media Specialist, FL

“Start saving your money right now. Next year you MUST bring illustrator/author Henry Cole to your school. I have never in my 39 years as a media specialist had a more mesmerizing, entertaining, informational, inspirational speaker/presenter…whatever you want to call it. He was AMAZING!!! I can’t even begin to tell you what this day was like. Let me put it this way. Our second grade teachers were supposed to be “relieved” 15 minutes into his presentation by our special area teachers. When it was time, though, the second grade teachers didn’t leave…they skipped their planning time to stay and listen to him! Our first grade teachers were supposed to meet with our principal during their planning time. They begged her to postpone the meeting until tomorrow so they could come back and see his presentation a second time! I could go on and on, but exuberant gushing just doesn’t do it justice. I’ll leave it at this. I was expecting something good. What I got was something GREAT!!!!!! ”
—Media Specialist, FL

“Henry Cole did a remarkable job with the kids, and his message was ever so important to this generation. He let them know about perseverance, never giving up, and unplugging from video games to live and enjoy life. I found him wonderfully entertaining and I learned a lot from him. Both of my kids were excited to share about the visit and it was nice to be able to talk to them about his message. What a talented man and what a treat for all!”
—Teacher, FL

“(My son) really enjoyed the author visit today. He doesn't show enthusiasm that often so I was surprised how much he talked about it! ”
—Parent, Elementary School, FL

“I’m sorry I missed the show today, but I feel like I was there! My children have talked of nothing else.”
—Parent, Elementary School, FL

“I love to see learning turn into so much fun. It was wonderful to stand back this morning and watch so many smiles creep up on the faces of little ones. I felt like I was watching stories begin :)”
—First Grade Teacher, FL

“When my daughter came home, she began sketching stories out on post-it notes and placing them all over her room. It is so great to see her excited about writing and creating.”
—Parent, Elementary School, FL

“Thank you so much for coming and sharing your story with us. You were no only very entertaining, but inspirational as well. Everyone that heard your presentation, walked away with piece of incredible wisdom. Practice makes you better and better...simple tools are all that is needed to succeed - paper and pencil...stop and notice the outdoors, the wildlife, the trees...you were fabulous. ”
—Elementary Faculty Member, TX

“Thank you for introducing Henry Cole to (our school)! His stories and delivery were most impressive and his ability to captivate an audience and take them to new places was priceless. I had as much fun listening to him as I did hearing the children laugh and seeing their faces light up with every animated punch-line. ”
—Division Head, Washington DC

“I wasn’t kidding when I said “everyone loved you”! You got rave reviews from kids and teachers alike. ”
—Faculty Member, Washington DC

“You inspired my heart. You made funny faces. You were moving around and I thought you were going crazy. I loved your deep deep voice and you made me cry but I laughed so hard I almost threw up. We will meet again.”
—Elementary Student, TX

“I wish you were my uncle.”
—Elementary Student, TX

“Your presentation was fabulous! I do believe you are the most interesting author I have ever heard. Your enthusiasm for your craft made my day! The kids came back to the class so excited. I especially loved your "practice, practice" message and your pictures of teachers from your past.”
—Elementary Faculty Member, TX

“You are a great person I met. I love your books because you are funny, cool and awesome. I wish I can see you every day. I am happy I met you. You are so entertaining.”
—Elementary Student, TX

“You are all in for a TREAT!! This was so FABULOUS!!! You and your kids will LOVE IT!!! I am still smiling from ear to ear!!!”
—Elementary Faculty Member, TX

“He was awesome! He had my 3rd graders cracking up the entire time. I couldn't believe he presented for a solid hour! When the kids were leaving, I heard one boy say "I want to come live with you because you're funny!"”
—Elementary Faculty Member, TX

“130 third graders TOTALLY engaged for a whole hour. Wonderful! Thank you ALLen Reads!”
—Elementary Faculty Member, TX

“Our fourth graders have raved and raved about him! I have already gotten 2 calls from parents who said their fourth graders came home so excited about his visit. The visit was perfect!”
—Elementary Faculty Member, TX

“Our kids and teachers absolutely loved him!! I saw several kids in the library this afternoon that were all very busy illustrating! Thanks ALLen Reads!!!”
—Elementary Faculty Member, TX

“I think I want to cry, I'm so happy!”
—Elementary Student, TX

“Your visit to our school was such an inspiration to our young fourth grade writers! Our class was just at the point of revising our first personal narrative, so it was great to hear from a published author regarding revision. Your beautiful illustrations captured their attention. We went back to our rooms and our next lesson was drawing to music. My class thoroughly enjoyed A Nest for Celeste. They could really relate to the themes of home and friendship. Thank you for coming to our school, and truly making a difference in our writers. ”
—4th Grade Team Teachers, TX

“Thank you for the visit to our school. Many of the 6th graders were tired that day. When you spoke to us you made us bright eyed and awake! You were outstanding with your enthusiasm. You were incomparable to any author/illustrator in the universe. Mr. Cole you topped the top at my school!”
—6th grade student, FL

“I adore how you are so very imaginative, good-natured, and absolutely amusing.”
—6th grade student, FL

“In your speech all the animals and nature you talked about really inspired me and I went home that night and drew my cat sleeping and I saw the true beauty and I wouldn't have it weren't for you. So thank you for not just the speech and drawings but for the inspiration.”
—6th grade student, FL

“I've heard that most of the other authors are very monotone and boring, but you are so energetic. Actually, you were so energetic that right when I got home I said everything you said in your speech to us. Thank you for giving me a new "light" on something new to share.”
—6th grade student, FL

“When I first heard you were coming to our school, I wasn't too excited at first. But I was wrong. You are by far the most hilarious man I have ever met! you kept surprising us the whole time! Please visit again soon!”
—6th grade student, FL

“Our students and teachers ADORE you! One of our second grade teachers pronounced you "the best thing ever!" What a GREAT day! I had two texts from parents just while I was sitting here writing--both parents talked about how much their kids love you! ”
—Elementary School Faculty, FL

“Thank you for this wonderful day!”
—3rd grade student, FL

“The author’s visit today at the Lower School was an AMAZING experience for our students! I am so thankful to (our Media Specialist) for her vision in bringing programs like this to our students. As you know, it takes tons of hours behind the scenes to make something like this happen. I believe for some of our students this will be a transformational experience they will remember for a lifetime. (Mr. Cole) inspired students to believe in themselves and think differently about writing, drawing and reading. I can’t wait to talk to my girls about it tonight! ”
—Lower School Head, FL

“Mr. Cole was great, he made me laugh until my stomach hurt and the kids were really engaged. I wish I could keep their attention like that all day long!”
—Teacher, MD

“That was so much fun! I wish we could have programs like that one every day. He was hilarious!”
—5th grade student, MD

“I just wish we had more time with Mr. Cole. Any chance he needs someone to feed him dinner this evening?”
—Teacher, MD

“Mr. Cole grabbed the attention of the students from the moment the program began. He used imagery, humor, and story telling to make us laugh, snicker, and cry. His ability to incorporate the importance of setting goals and writing down ideas was powerful. The pictures of his manuscript and the stories of it's numerous edits sent a clear message to the students. Hard work pays off! He challenged the students to follow their dreams with great desire and that was inspiring.”
—Teacher, MD

“I just wanted to thank you again for visiting our school. In the twenty-three years that I have been here, I have never witnessed an event that truly touched the hearts of everyone-students, faculty and staff. It was a day that I will never forget.”
—Media Specialist, PA

“What a joy to meet and get to know you in person. Teachers kept coming in all day and hugging me or shaking my hand. They spoke of their children who NEVER sit still, sitting mesmerized by your wonderful repartee. Thank you Henry. What a gift you are.”
—Media Specialist, NY

“I have been talking to my students about your amazing presentation and asked them if it made them laugh, made them cry, made them giggle and made them sigh. They all say YES! Then, they would reenact their favorite parts...fun stuff! They had them down pretty good, too! But one little girl spoke up and said..."It made me so I couldn't breathe!" I asked her why and she replied, "He was so funny and I was laughing so hard that I couldn't breathe!" Obviously...you were a smashing hit! You took our breath away! ”
—Media Specialist, KS

“Your presentation in Kirksville, Missouri on April 20 was outstanding! Your humor, body gestures, and illustrations absolutely captivated the audience. You are a very talented, genuine man. Thanks for the entertainment and the inspiration! ”
—Author Fest Attendee, MO

“I wanted to tell you how wonderful it was to have you visit us at (our school). The students and teachers all LOVED you and gave you rave reviews, congratulating me on my choice of author (you made me look good!) When you shared your childhood stories about what inspired you to be an artist, your humor and excitement and honesty really captivated your audience from the kindergartners on up to the 5th graders (and the teachers too!) And I loved the way you were able to show how your personal inspirations like your love of nature and your admiration for Audubon led you to the choices you made as an illustrator and a writer. I think it's important for students to see that their interests and passions can and should shape their lives. I know our school will be talking about you for a long time! ”
—Media Specialist, NC

“If you remember me I'm the kid who saved the ladybug at the dairy farm in Hot Springs. When you were a kid you loved nature, I love nature too. I go out in the woods every day. There ain't a stick back there I don't know. It was great to meet you.”
—Elementary Student, VA

“All day yesterday, kids came up to me saying how much they liked you, how great you are, how funny you are, and when can you come to (our school) again. A first grader even said "Mr. Cole's gonna be here again tomorrow, right?" Too cute... I even had staff tell me that you're the best assembly we've ever had ever... your visit here was a great success - Thanks for inspiring us! ”
—Media Specialist, VA

“I give you a A! You came to your school today and EVERYONE LOVED YOU”
—Elementary Student, VA

“Dear Mr. Cole I love your books. Mr. Cole you are the funniest illustrator I have ever seen or heard. In fact you are the only illustrator I have ever seen or heard.”
—Elementary Student, VA

“My son saw you at Valley Elementary. From the time I picked him up from school to the time he fell asleep he talked about you. He told me details that I couldn't have imagined an 8 year old would have remembered. He has always enjoyed journal writing and has discussed being an author. And after your presentation his passion for writing was renewed. I'll have to pay attention to your website and see if my son can watch your presentation again with me!”
—Parent, Elementary School, VA

“I do believe you have been the best author that we have ever had come and do a presentation!”
—Parent, Elementary School, VA

“Thank you for visiting our school. We had an awesome time! We have fun people come to our school but I think you were the most fun.”
—Elementary Student, VA

“Mr. Cole, thank you very much for coming to my daughter's school yesterday. My (two daughters) couldn't stop talking about how funny and entertaining you were. You made their day which made my wife and myself have a great day yesterday. ”
—Elementary School, Nebraska

“I just wanted to pass along that never in my daughter's impressive 9 years has she gotten into the car after school so excited to share something with me, as she was after your visit to her school. She loved, loved, loved your visit! Thanks! ”
—Elementary School, Nebraska

“Thank you so much for sharing your talent with the students at (our school). My son (who rarely says more than a few words about his day - without prodding) came home so excited about your visit. He had so much to tell me about all of the wonderful illustrations you create, and had so much enthusiasm about it that he could hardly sit still to tell me about it! He has spent the last several days creating illustrations of his favorite animals. Thanks so much for inspiring creativity in this younger generation of ducklings! ”
—Parent, Elementary School, NE

“I wanted to write and tell you how much my children and I enjoyed your presentations - what a gift to be able to entertain and inspire groups with such different ages. I, in particular, enjoyed hearing about your wonderful childhood and have been inspired by hearing the stories about it and your mother. So much fun and creativity! Thank you so much for sharing your many talents. Susan (mom to Jake and Caroline) ”
—Parent, IL

“My daughter, in third grade, remembered a quote that goes something like this: "Every time you laugh, it adds five seconds to your life." Julia laughed so much during your presentation she said she thought you added a whole day to her life. ”
—Parent, Elementary School, IL

“I loved his message and as one of my students said, “I haven’t laughed that hard in an hour in my whole life.””
—4th grade teacher, FL

“I must say that the level of excitement during the car ride home from school was very high yesterday… Both of my children could not stop talking about Henry Cole's visit. He must be a very animated and engaging author. I learned quite a bit about Mr. Cole…and enjoyed watching my son imitate how Mr. Cole shared his stories. Thank you for providing these opportunities to our children…I love their enthusiasm for good books! My daughter is already buried in her new book by the author…A Nest for Celeste. ”
—Parent, Elementary School, FL

“I am enjoying watching the children walk through the doors this morning as they stop and gaze at Henry’s drawing of Celeste. They are sharing memories of yesterday’s visit with Henry Cole with each other and with the library staff. I had a story planned for our story time this morning but changed the plan so that we could continue to share our stories and savor our time with Henry. It is amazing how many car conversations between younger and older siblings revolved around Henry’s visit on the drive home yesterday. I have never seen the children so excited after an author visit. Thank you Henry for such a joyful and enchanting day! ”
—Librarian, FL

“I truly enjoyed your presentation at (my school) last week. I love how you made it funny but very informational at the same time. I thought you would like to know that your book A Nest for Celeste, has four people on hold to read it in the library! I'm one of those people on that list dying to read it. Thank you so much again for coming in and putting smiles on our faces. Hope to see you again with a few more books out, because if you keep writing like you have been you will be the next George Washington of writing. Just wanted to say thanks again and hope to see you again some day. ”
—Elementary Student, FL

“Henry Cole is such an inspiration to our children. What an incredible story teller.”
—3rd grade teacher, FL

“Henry you are the most hilarious person i have ever met. You have also inspired me to write my own story called Lost in Paradise. ”
—Elementary Student, VA

“Thank you for your visit to (our school). I am a second grade teacher who absolutely adores your books and illustrations. My son is a third grader here and when school was over I asked him about your visit. He said, "That was the best assembly EVER! Now I know why you like him so much!" He still brings up your stories. You certainly know how to entertain children (and adults too)! When you were drawing Celeste with the music playing I had to keep my tears in check. It was emotional for me... not sure why. Thank you for a great time and I look forward to seeing you again in the future. ”
—Teacher/Parent, VA

“Thanks again for a GREAT event! You were a huge hit.”
—Media Specialist, VA

“Thank you, everyone students and teachers have gone out of their way to tell us how much they enjoyed your visit. Most comments were, "The best author visit ever!" and then they tell the librarians how smart we were to ask you to come! We can nod and say, " Yes, we were!" Most of my teachers are reading A Nest for Celeste to their classes and I've read all the picture books that you authored and many of the illustrated books to the students. Perfection, they are a joy to share. They make me want to find a child to read with! ”
—Media Specialist, VA

“Thank you so much for a MOST delightful day. Your presentations were amazing and the students ABSOLUTELY loved you!! We had a family restaurant night after you left and the children were all excitedly telling their parents all about you. You really know how to connect with children and the differentiation you planned in for the first grade as opposed to the older students was SPOT ON!! We already look forward to your next visit and hope you'll consider our school your home when you are in the area. ”
—Media Specialist, VA

“Just a quick thank you for such an amazing day yesterday. You have brought writing and drawing alive for our students. The teachers and children are still “a buzz” from your visit. We thought we were all Henry Cole fans before, but now we are your greatest fans!!! We LOVE Henry Cole!!! ”
—Principal, Elementary School, VA

“Thank you so much for today's presentations! The students and faculty were just raving about you for the rest of the day and many requests were made for your books! I will pass along you contact info to all the local independent school librarians with the highest recommendations. ”
—Elementary School faculty member, Bethesda, MD

“I have seen many author presentations and Henry’s by far is the most energizing and engaging.”
—1st grade teacher, FL

“What a fabulous day! We have had so many staff members come in to us this morning to tell us you were the best author visit we've had! My third grade classes this morning went on and on about their favorite parts from yesterday's presentation. Thanks again for such a memorable experience.”
—Media Specialist, Maryland

“ I cannot say enough what a success you were.”
—Librarian, DC

“Thank you for coming to (my school). You are the funniest guy I know. Not to be mean but you almost gave me a heart attack there. You are the best illustrator I have ever seen. You know what? Your (sic) not the best illustrator in town. Your (sic) the best in the whole world! Hey maybe even bigger than that, maybe your (sic) the best in space.”
—4th grade student, NC

“You're my art hero.”
—5th grade student, NC

“A for the day!!”
—4th grade student, VA

“I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation to our students at (our school) this morning. You highlighted aspects of the writing process that we teach our children all year. The kids were repeating many of your funny lines the rest of the day. ”
—Teacher, NC

“Dear Mr. Cole, To me you are the funniest author who is living right now. I used to want to be in the NBA but you really turned my mind around. Thank you for coming to our school. You are my favorite author ever and how you did Celeste was so efertless.”
—Elementary Student, Maryland

“I love your books! Especially Big Chickens Fly the Coop. It looks like you took pictures and glued the pictures in the book. It's fantastic, marvelous, butiful. I'm about to cry! Really.”
—3rd grade student, VA

“Your expression was breathtaking.”
—4th grade student, VA

“I just wanted to let you know that our entire staff and student body are still talking about your visit! You truly brought down the house! Our four year olds were in library with me today and they remembered absolutely every story you told. I also received calls from parents whose children could not stop talking about you, about buying sketch pads and about illustrations. When I was told your were amazing, what people say didn't even begin to do justice to how riveting, exciting and informative you are in person. I could not let a single moment pass without telling you how appreciative and fortunate we are to have experienced "Henry Cole" at his finest. ”
—Media Specialist, VA

“I was so inspired by your recent visit, I had to write you a note of thanks. Thank you for visiting the students at our school... and for insisting that more students join the group for your presentation. Two of my sons were in attendance, one in 5th and one in 3rd. And as Library Aide, I was fortunate to enjoy your talk as well. I think I speak for all of us in saying that it is a joy to hear you speak. Your enthusiasm is contagious and your personality is genuine and endearing. Listening to you was entertaining and inspirational. I'm falling in love with "Celeste" and as I read I'm getting swept up into her world with your illustrations. Simply lovely. Thank you again. ”
—Parent and Library Aide, IL

“Thank you so much for coming to my school to talk to us about yourself and your books. When you were talking I noticed something: you are the most HILARIOUS people I've ever heard. Your back up plan should be a comedian. I've never ever wanted or ever was a good artist but after you talked to us I might start drawing... ”
—Fifth grader, MO

“You visited our kids this week, and inspired one of my special needs students like CRAZY! Since you left, he's been carrying around a clipboard and paper, sketching animals. Thank you, we all really enjoyed your visit!! ”
—5th grade Teacher, MO

“(My girls) have seen numerous visiting authors and it is like pulling teeth to get them to give any information on the author. However, they have not stopped talking about you! They had a fabulous time and I have heard so many of their favorite things. My oldest loved the story about your long grass and gave me a demonstration of you cutting the grass! My youngest was thrilled to have you sign our Naughty Little Monkeys book, it has been a bedtime favorite for many years. Thank you for taking the time to encourage our children and instill a love of reading! It is appreciated very much! ”
—Parent, Elementary School, MO

“Thank you so much for coming to our school. You are hilarious! And you write some awesome books. You are the cooliest author I ever met. I mean, you don't try to be a snotty author who wants to leave as quick as they can, I mean you actually try to have fun with kids. ”
—Fifth grader, MO

“Thank you for coming to our school! I myself really enjoyed your hilarious presentation. I would recommend you to everyone I know. You really know how to make kids laugh. ”
—Fifth grader, MO

“I thought you were amazing! You are like a comedy wizard! To me all the other authors are like blah, blah, blah, blah and boring, but you make it fun!”
—Fourth grader, MO

“Thank you for visiting our school. I had a really good time. Thanks to you we are all a degree healthier! You were hilarious! ”
—Fifth grader, MO

“Henry Cole's recent visit to W.G. Coleman Elementary School garnered rave reviews from teachers, students, and parents. Using humor and personal stories of perseverance, Cole captured the attention of all students, and provided a very exciting day for everyone. Thank you for sharing your stories, illustrations, and love of nature, all of which inspired our students to write and illustrate their own stories. You encouraged our students and staff to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us, and we will never forget your visit and the very important lesson we learned that the path to greatness takes time and practice.”
—Reading Specialist, VA

“Everybody (both students and staff) loved your presentation. The fact that you managed to hold even the first-graders' attention for an hour was amazing. We hope to see you again. ”
—Learning Resource Faculty, IL

“What an amazing, fascinating, entertaining experience your visit was! Staff and children alike were spellbound by your storytelling ability. To be able to teach young children isn't easy and you did it! You would be amazed at the details the Early Childhood children remembered from our time with you. Thank you so much for helping the children understand the important work of an author and illustrator.”
—Early Childhood Teacher, MD

“I just wanted to write this to personally THANK YOU for a powerful presentation at my childrens' school. My first grader fell in love with Celeste and she HAD to have the book right away. I had to drive across the state (in Virginia) to find the book. And in my 4 year old class, they wrote their own version of the "Henry Cole" stories. (I would love to send the masterpieces out to you so you can see for yourself how you have affected their imagination.) You certainly have a way of captivating your audience, especially the 4 year olds. To have their complete attention for the whole presentation was magical! THANK YOU for spending that special day. My son can definitely answer the question who Mr. Henry Cole is. You are truly blessed with a GIFT and thank you again for sharing your gift with us! ”
—Parent, Elementary School, Maryland

“Henry Cole is much more than a book illustrator--he is a charismatic character come to life himself! The kids at our school couldn't stop laughing at his childhood stories and good-natured antics. Henry has a gift for relaying important life messages on hard work and creativity through hilarity and fun. His visit left a lasting impression on our students. Honestly, I wish we could have him back every year!”
—Librarian, The International School (Oregon)

“After seeing you at a Children's Literature Conference, I was really excited that you'd be visiting our school, and none of us were disappointed. The kids talked about you for days. You generated the most response I've ever seen at our school. Thank you!”
—Media Specialist, VA

“Thanks for coming! Everybody was talking about you after school. They were saying you were very funny and you were awesome!”
—Miriam, elementary student (Virginia)

“On behalf of the staff and students I would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the PTA for sponsoring Henry Cole, the author and illustrator who visited yesterday and spoke to all students in grades 3-5. His presentation was, without a doubt, the absolute best author visit I've ever witnessed, and it was obvious from the swarms of students surrounding him that they felt similarly. Thank you to the PTA and all of the families whose participation in the PTA helped bring such a fantastic author/illustrator to inspire our students. ”
—Media Specialist, Maryland

“You are my favorite person. ”
—Mason, elementary student

“You are even funnier than my friend's father, and he's a comedian. ”
—Paige, elementary student

“Yesterday was WONDERFUL! Thank you so much for giving our school your all. Your talent, wit and exquisite way with children is such a blessing to all of us and we're so very grateful for you! You touched everyone's heart, mind, and inner author and illustrator yesterday! ”
—Media Specialist, Alexandria VA

“You were the by far the best guest author/illustrator (our school) has EVER had. And trust me, I've been meeting authors and illustrators for 6 years. ”
— Jenna, elementary student

“It is impossible to put into words what a great experience our “Henry Cole Author Day” was this summer! Mr. Cole, you rock! It was such a pleasure having you during our Summer Reading Program. Our staff, crew of volunteers and patrons have not stopped talking about what an unforgettable day it was! With a crowd made up of preschoolers through senior citizens, fans to aspiring writers and artists, you were able to engage everyone with your great sense of humor, interesting family stories and enthusiasm for your work. Your passion for writing, illustrating and for the natural world is contagious. I cannot rave enough about what a delight it was to meet you and hear about what inspires you as an artist and author. Thanks again for being so accommodating, so excited to be with us and an overall enchanting guest. I have no idea how we will top this program next summer?!!!”
—Del Webb Library at Indian Land (South Carolina)

“I particularly enjoyed Henry Cole today. He shared his drawings, his past, and his present. When you feel like you know someone personally at the end of the presentation, I would call that successful. And the artwork he created right in front of us was amazing. I have it as my screensaver on my phone!”
—Attendee, Children's Literature Conference

“Henry Cole presented with a lot of energy and spunk, just like his illustrations do as they pop off the pages. I am very excited about his new book A Nest for Celeste and can't wait to share what I know about the story with my students this year. I can't wait to tell them how the artwork in the story was inspired by John James Audubon, an artist Henry admires. But I think I am most excited to say that I met Henry Cole!”
—Attendee, Children's Literature Conference

“Your presentation was a magnificent mix of humor and helpful information. It was the best presentation I have ever seen. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much!”
—Conference Attendee, (Michigan)

“It's been nearly two months and the children still can't help but talk about (your visit)... I can't sing your praises enough and hope other schools take the opportunity to host a visit. The journey to becoming lifelong readers begins with books that have interesting stories and engaging illustrations. Thank you for creating books that bring reading to life. The students of Mayport Elementary and I will forever treasure your role in their journey.”
—Media Specialist, Learning Leader (Florida)

“Thank you so much for sending Henry Cole our way. He was beyond wonderful. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face all day. The teachers are still singing his praises and I can't keep his books on the shelves. The library was NOT quiet during his presentations. He had them rolling in the aisles! He was hilarious, but it was his authenticity I most appreciated. He spoke to the students right at their level and they were riveted. He was spot on with 2nd and 3rd grade. And in a very natural (not-at-all-pedantic) fashion he worked in the lifelong reality and necessity of revision, revision, revision which our teachers work so hard to instill in our students. I have been bringing in authors and illustrators for more than 13 years now and I can truthfully say that Henry Cole was the best yet in presentation and message. Thank you again for sending him to us. I have a reserve list a mile long for A Nest for Celeste!”
—Elementary Media Specialist (North Carolina)

“Thank you!!! We enjoyed your visit so much. You will appreciate this.....A fourth grade teacher stopped in Friday to tell me about one of her students who shared that you had inspired her.....She talked her mom into going to Michael's (the craft shop) and they purchased a sketch pad and pencils....she had already turned out quite a few illustrations. My students were enthralled with your program and we have some who are not easily enthralled!”
—Elementary Media Specialist (North Carolina)

“This is my 17th year as a media specialist and I have had an author or illustrator visit each year. I can honestly say that no one has ever matched Henry's ability to entertain our children while educating them. His humor was engaging, but his ability to integrate his humor with serious lessons was outstanding. We never had to ask our children to pay attention; they were enthralled. Henry taught the children about Audubon, about respect for nature, about the fact that good writers don't get it perfect the first time or the second or the third, etc., about the elements of a good story, and about the actual process of creating a book. He was clear about having used his childhood interests to create the perfect career for himself, which I am sure will be food for thought for the 7- and 8- year-olds of our school. I doubt that they will ever forget this visit. Thank you all so much for making this possible.”
—Elementary Media Specialist (North Carolina)

“Your presentation was amazing—you had everyone involved and laughing and learning. The teachers are still praising you!”
—Elementary Media Specialist (California)

“Since your visit, the enthusiasm in this school for the art of creating books has been beyond my wildest dreams. Teachers and students have stopped me innumerable times to express how much they loved your presentation and even more powerful to talk about the writing that is happening since your visit. This alone leaves me in your debt, but my gratitude is double-fold as I’ve watched my first grade son create 2 of his own “dummy books” without any encouragement from his teacher or me this past week. Cooper had just begun finding books that he enjoys and choosing to read at moments that were not “mom created.” But writing of any kind would by far be at the bottom of his list of activities to choose and maybe more accurately at the top of any list of torture techniques! Your presentation truly turned a switch on in him to see the fun and beautiful relationship of words and pictures in a book and ignited something in him that could have been a very painful and long road for both him, his teachers, AND his mother. This is something I truly do not have words in which to express my appreciation and will be in debt to you for a lifetime. I truly hope every child has the opportunity to be sparked by your humor and love of the creative process.”
—Elementary Media Specialist (Virginia)

“I am very glad you got to come to our school. I thought you were really funny and I would've much of much rather listen to you than to go to math and sit there in complete boredom. ”
— Quincy, elementary student

“Outstanding! Henry Cole is a funny, entertaining and amazingly talented artist and speaker. His presentation kept all of our students (from Pre-K to 5th grade) engaged, and best of all learning about the process of writing and illustrating children's books from beginning to end. They even got to participate in creating an illustration for a story! This was one of our best author/illustrator visits yet!”
—Elementary Media Specialist (Virginia)

“I thought this was our best school performance yet! The kids loved being able to give input on a drawing he (Henry Cole) drew based on their thoughts and imagination.”
—First Grade Teacher

“My students thought Henry Cole was fabulous. They talked about his performance all day. They were particularly fascinated by his ability to take their ideas and incorporate them so perfectly into his drawing.”
—Third Grade Teacher

“We had a blast! ”
—Mary, elementary student

“Thank you for coming to our school. I wish I was there, but I was sick. ”
— Drew, elementary student

“Boy, were you a hit at Forest Grove! I’ve been chuckling over your stories of childhood and really do believe you could turn some of them into books. There isn’t a book left in the library with your name on it. They are ALL checked out. Both teachers and children raved about you. Thanks for a quality presentation. ”
—Media specialist, Sterling, VA

“Henry is not only a storyteller but a performer as well. The 3rd through 5th graders were mesmerized throughout Henry's presentation. One student, with developmental disabilities, was so excited that he was practically jumping out of his seat. His teacher said that, while he rarely connects with other students, he spent the rest of the day retelling Henry's stories to classmates. What a gift Henry gave to him! In the month since Henry came, parents are still letting me know how much their kids loved Henry. Sisters are negotiating who gets to read A Nest for Celeste first. A third grader wants to be an author like Henry and therefore decided that he needs to be a more serious student. My daughter has convinced her dad to leave a patch in the backyard for her own meadow. We were so fortunate to have Henry come to our school. The younger grades are looking forward to having Henry present for them! ”
—Parent, Elementary School, Maryland

“I think you are the best and most funniest author and illustrator that ever lived. ”
—Josep, elementary student

“You recently visited our school, and I was MORE than thoroughly impressed with your presentation. You had our audience captivated and you gave us a great back story for how you became an author and illustrator. I was impressed how much you love conservation of nature and how you share it in your books. My students were SO inspired by all that you shared that they are writing and creating their own stories. Thank you for inspiring my students to not only to be good writers, but to be good citizens and take care of the environment that is around them. I also need to thank you for being so inspiring to our staff. We were all buzzing around talking about how great you were at presenting and how inspiring you were for us too! We hope to continue to show our great appreciation for how inspiring you were for us!”
—Elementary School faculty member, Bethesda, MD

“A few things I like about you are that you are a funny, caring, creative, inspiring, nice person who loves life and is making it the funnest you can make it. Thank you for visiting me and my friends! ”
—Abby, elementary student

“Thank you for coming all the way to Missouri just to visit our school. You have a great personality and sense of humor. I have never, ever in my life seen an author/illustrator as fun as you. You made us all laugh. ”
—Geova, elementary student

“Your presentation was a magnificent mix of humor and helpful information. It was the best presentation I have ever seen. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much!”
—Oakland University presentation attendee

“You...are hysterical! And the very clear message you sent to the kids was try and try again... write and rewrite! I loved it! And I've had such great feedback from the students and teachers about your visit. Parents have told me that their kids were inspired and now want to become writers and illustrators! ”
—Media Specialist, VA

“Wish you could have seen the enthusiasm and joy the children brought to the classroom yesterday after seeing your presentation. Today they are choosing to write and illustrate during every free moment! Hooray!! Many thanks for being who you are! ”
—First Grade Teacher, GA

“No doubt you hear over and over again now students get excited about your books, following your visit. It is true. Our library does not have enough copies of your books to satisfy our students! With all the emphasis placed on tests, it is a pleasure to hear kids speaking the names of authors with the same familiarity as their favorite video games. You were a hit!”
—Media Specialist, VA

“Our students and teachers ADORE you! One of our second grade teachers pronounced you "the best thing ever!" I got two texts from parents ... both parents talked about how much their kids love you!”
—Elementary School faculty member, FL

“Henry Cole WE LOVE YOU in North Dakota! You entertained and educated our students with you memorable presentations! Thank you for getting a laugh out of every single student...and enduring our cold weather...!”
—Media Specialist, ND