CFE students were treated to a visit from local children’s book author and illustrator, Daniel Jude Miller during the annual PARP (Pick A Reading Partner) event.
Miller, a Chenango Forks district resident, talked about his childhood in Queens, NY, early artistic aspirations, college education and careers in art and writing. The catalyst for his artistic career was a custom airbrushed t-shirt Miller purchased when he was a child. “That shirt proved to me that you can make a living doing art,” said Miller during his presentation.
Miller graduated from The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and started a career in editorial illustration. From there, Miller let go of the New York City lifestyle, moved to Binghamton and began a career as a children’s book author and illustrator.
Many of Miller’s books draw on his life experiences or people he knows. His book “Monsters in Manhattan” is about an average kid named Mike from Queens who is looking forward to the start of winter vacation, when his obnoxious cousin from Kalamazoo arrives for a visit. To try and scare her away, Mike gives her a tour of the city’s terrifying monsters that call Manhattan home.
The PARP event started at the beginning of February and concluded on February 10, with singing, dancing and a visit from Max, the Binghamton Senators’ mascot.