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Bill Harley

Two-Time Grammy Winner, Storyteller, Author & Family Entertainer

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 Bill Harley Biography

Bill Harley is an American children's entertainer, musician, and author who has been called "the Mark Twain of contemporary children's music" by Entertainment Weekly. He uses a range of musical styles, and his audience includes both children and adults. Harley began singing and storytelling in 1975 while still in college. Much of his material is autobiographical, focusing on vignettes from childhood.

Harley has released over 30 recordings. He received two Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album For Children for his albums "'Blah Blah Blah: Stories About Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates & Dogs" and "Yes to Running, Bill Harley Live" in 2007 and 2009, and five additional Grammy nominations. He has also won Parents' Choice awards, ALA awards and the highest award from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio for his concert DVD Yes to Running.

Harley has also published numerous books. His first novel for elementary students, "The Amazing Flight of Darius Frobisher", was chosen by Bank Street School of Education as one of the best children's books of the year. His second novel for children, "Night of the Spadefoot Toads", was released in October 2008 and won a Green Earth Book Award. His picture books include "Sitting Down To Eat", which was selected as an American Booksellers Association Pick of the List. A book from his most recent series, "Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year", won the 2016 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice award and is part of the One School One Book programming from Read to Them.

Harley has performed in more than 2500 schools over the years. In addition to children's music, he performs at storytelling festivals around the country, including appearances at the National Storytelling Festival.

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Speaking Topics
  • Story is the Best Teacher

    A teacher is someone who gives stories to others so they can make their own. Regardless of the subject or audience, story is central to how people make sense of the world and build a community with others. In this talk, master storyteller, Bill Harley, will look at how stories work in people's lives, what stories define their own lives, and how to use story in an educational setting. Inspiring, entertaining, affirming and moving, educators will leave with a deeper understanding of their work.

  • How to Think Like a Kid

    Are adults and children the same species? Sometimes it seems they have nothing in common, but with a little effort, adults can find a way to reach kids just where they are. In this talk, master storyteller Bill Harley will share the philosophical underpinnings of his work with children, which involves affirming their emotional lives. He will use some of his stories, songs and books as a jumping off point. Appropriate for writers, parents, teachers or librarians
    • anyone who wants to find a creative way to connect with children
    • reaching them on their level
    • directly and with compassion.

  • Storytelling for Work & Play

    Stories are at the heart of being human. We all need stories, we all use stories. Educators of all stripes, clergy, social workers, business leaders, doctors, lawyers and entertainers use this ancient art form to inspire, motivate and educate. While much advice about the importance of narrative comes from psychologists and communication consultants, Bill Harley is a master storyteller. With over thirty years of sharing his stories on stages around the world, Bill offers insights into the nature of story and its ability to transform. Whether you’re in the classroom, the courtroom, the boardroom or when you're pulled over by a friendly neighborhood constable, it’s the story that people will remember long after the moment has passed.

  • You’re Driving Me Crazy: A Concert for Families

    Intergenerational entertainment at its best, Bill Harley’s songs and stories paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Family Fun Magazine calls Bill “the finest, funniest children’s songwriter around.” Masterful storytelling and comic narrative songs will have listeners young and old laughing out loud. With slice-of-life vignettes about big trouble and simple pleasures, Bill’s rubber-faced abandon and keen memory will delight the entire family.

  • Bears & Beanstalks: The Orchestra Tells a Story

    Bill Harley brings his consummate skills as a storyteller and musician to the concert stage with a show for all ages – a performance that introduces the orchestral world to young people while happily entertaining the older ones who brought them. Joining forces with award-winning composer and arranger Paul Phillips, Bill has a full fifty minutes of his original work arranged for orchestras. The program includes two of his most popular songs There’s a Pea On My Plate and You’re in Trouble, a new setting of the traditional folktale Jack and the Beanstalk, which draws on traditional American music and, a hilarious and moving arrangement of one of Bill’s most popular stories, Come On Out and Play – the story of a bear whose belief in what is possible makes for a very magical night. In addition, Bill offers a primer in orchestral music in his piece What’s Music Made Of?, which takes a close look at the last movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. The exploration of this classic of orchestral music is educational, interactive and very entertaining. In working with an orchestra, Bill draws on his long experience of working with all genres of music and especially his experience as host for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Family Series. Available pieces: There’s a Pea On My Plate
    • 3:45 Jack and the Beanstalk
    • 16:30 Come On Out and Play
    • 15:30 You’re in Trouble
    • 4:45 What’s Music Made Of? (an exploration of Beethoven Symphony No. 1, IV. Adagio)

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bill Harley for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Bill Harley, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bill Harley or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Bill Harley?

    Booking fees for Bill Harley, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bill Harley, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Bill Harley?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bill Harley for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bill Harley for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bill Harley or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bill Harley or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Two-Time Grammy Winner, Storyteller, Author & Family Entertainer

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Bill Harley Biography

Bill Harley is an American children's entertainer, musician, and author who has been called "the Mark Twain of contemporary children's music" by Entertainment Weekly. He uses a range of musical styles, and his audience includes both children and adults. Harley began singing and storytelling in 1975 while still in college. Much of his material is autobiographical, focusing on vignettes from childhood.

Harley has released over 30 recordings. He received two Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album For Children for his albums "'Blah Blah Blah: Stories About Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates & Dogs" and "Yes to Running, Bill Harley Live" in 2007 and 2009, and five additional Grammy nominations. He has also won Parents' Choice awards, ALA awards and the highest award from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio for his concert DVD Yes to Running.

Harley has also published numerous books. His first novel for elementary students, "The Amazing Flight of Darius Frobisher", was chosen by Bank Street School of Education as one of the best children's books of the year. His second novel for children, "Night of the Spadefoot Toads", was released in October 2008 and won a Green Earth Book Award. His picture books include "Sitting Down To Eat", which was selected as an American Booksellers Association Pick of the List. A book from his most recent series, "Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year", won the 2016 Beverly Cleary Children's Choice award and is part of the One School One Book programming from Read to Them.

Harley has performed in more than 2500 schools over the years. In addition to children's music, he performs at storytelling festivals around the country, including appearances at the National Storytelling Festival.

Bill Harley Speaking Topics

  • Story is the Best Teacher

    A teacher is someone who gives stories to others so they can make their own. Regardless of the subject or audience, story is central to how people make sense of the world and build a community with others. In this talk, master storyteller, Bill Harley, will look at how stories work in people's lives, what stories define their own lives, and how to use story in an educational setting. Inspiring, entertaining, affirming and moving, educators will leave with a deeper understanding of their work.

  • How to Think Like a Kid

    Are adults and children the same species? Sometimes it seems they have nothing in common, but with a little effort, adults can find a way to reach kids just where they are. In this talk, master storyteller Bill Harley will share the philosophical underpinnings of his work with children, which involves affirming their emotional lives. He will use some of his stories, songs and books as a jumping off point. Appropriate for writers, parents, teachers or librarians
    • anyone who wants to find a creative way to connect with children
    • reaching them on their level
    • directly and with compassion.

  • Storytelling for Work & Play

    Stories are at the heart of being human. We all need stories, we all use stories. Educators of all stripes, clergy, social workers, business leaders, doctors, lawyers and entertainers use this ancient art form to inspire, motivate and educate. While much advice about the importance of narrative comes from psychologists and communication consultants, Bill Harley is a master storyteller. With over thirty years of sharing his stories on stages around the world, Bill offers insights into the nature of story and its ability to transform. Whether you’re in the classroom, the courtroom, the boardroom or when you're pulled over by a friendly neighborhood constable, it’s the story that people will remember long after the moment has passed.

  • You’re Driving Me Crazy: A Concert for Families

    Intergenerational entertainment at its best, Bill Harley’s songs and stories paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Family Fun Magazine calls Bill “the finest, funniest children’s songwriter around.” Masterful storytelling and comic narrative songs will have listeners young and old laughing out loud. With slice-of-life vignettes about big trouble and simple pleasures, Bill’s rubber-faced abandon and keen memory will delight the entire family.

  • Bears & Beanstalks: The Orchestra Tells a Story

    Bill Harley brings his consummate skills as a storyteller and musician to the concert stage with a show for all ages – a performance that introduces the orchestral world to young people while happily entertaining the older ones who brought them. Joining forces with award-winning composer and arranger Paul Phillips, Bill has a full fifty minutes of his original work arranged for orchestras. The program includes two of his most popular songs There’s a Pea On My Plate and You’re in Trouble, a new setting of the traditional folktale Jack and the Beanstalk, which draws on traditional American music and, a hilarious and moving arrangement of one of Bill’s most popular stories, Come On Out and Play – the story of a bear whose belief in what is possible makes for a very magical night. In addition, Bill offers a primer in orchestral music in his piece What’s Music Made Of?, which takes a close look at the last movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. The exploration of this classic of orchestral music is educational, interactive and very entertaining. In working with an orchestra, Bill draws on his long experience of working with all genres of music and especially his experience as host for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Family Series. Available pieces: There’s a Pea On My Plate
    • 3:45 Jack and the Beanstalk
    • 16:30 Come On Out and Play
    • 15:30 You’re in Trouble
    • 4:45 What’s Music Made Of? (an exploration of Beethoven Symphony No. 1, IV. Adagio)

FAQs on booking Bill Harley

  • How to book Bill Harley?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bill Harley for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Bill Harley, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bill Harley or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bill Harley?

    Booking fees for Bill Harley, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bill Harley, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bill Harley?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bill Harley for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bill Harley for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bill Harley or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bill Harley or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Bill Harley is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Bill Harley for your event is available upon request. Bill Harley generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Sonia Manzano, Benjamin Zander, Tonya Lewis Lee, Marc Brown and Bethany Joy Lenz. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Bill Harley for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Bill Harley Speaking Topics

  • Story is the Best Teacher

    A teacher is someone who gives stories to others so they can make their own. Regardless of the subject or audience, story is central to how people make sense of the world and build a community with others. In this talk, master storyteller, Bill Harley, will look at how stories work in people's lives, what stories define their own lives, and how to use story in an educational setting. Inspiring, entertaining, affirming and moving, educators will leave with a deeper understanding of their work.

  • How to Think Like a Kid

    Are adults and children the same species? Sometimes it seems they have nothing in common, but with a little effort, adults can find a way to reach kids just where they are. In this talk, master storyteller Bill Harley will share the philosophical underpinnings of his work with children, which involves affirming their emotional lives. He will use some of his stories, songs and books as a jumping off point. Appropriate for writers, parents, teachers or librarians
    • anyone who wants to find a creative way to connect with children
    • reaching them on their level
    • directly and with compassion.

  • Storytelling for Work & Play

    Stories are at the heart of being human. We all need stories, we all use stories. Educators of all stripes, clergy, social workers, business leaders, doctors, lawyers and entertainers use this ancient art form to inspire, motivate and educate. While much advice about the importance of narrative comes from psychologists and communication consultants, Bill Harley is a master storyteller. With over thirty years of sharing his stories on stages around the world, Bill offers insights into the nature of story and its ability to transform. Whether you’re in the classroom, the courtroom, the boardroom or when you're pulled over by a friendly neighborhood constable, it’s the story that people will remember long after the moment has passed.

  • You’re Driving Me Crazy: A Concert for Families

    Intergenerational entertainment at its best, Bill Harley’s songs and stories paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Family Fun Magazine calls Bill “the finest, funniest children’s songwriter around.” Masterful storytelling and comic narrative songs will have listeners young and old laughing out loud. With slice-of-life vignettes about big trouble and simple pleasures, Bill’s rubber-faced abandon and keen memory will delight the entire family.

  • Bears & Beanstalks: The Orchestra Tells a Story

    Bill Harley brings his consummate skills as a storyteller and musician to the concert stage with a show for all ages – a performance that introduces the orchestral world to young people while happily entertaining the older ones who brought them. Joining forces with award-winning composer and arranger Paul Phillips, Bill has a full fifty minutes of his original work arranged for orchestras. The program includes two of his most popular songs There’s a Pea On My Plate and You’re in Trouble, a new setting of the traditional folktale Jack and the Beanstalk, which draws on traditional American music and, a hilarious and moving arrangement of one of Bill’s most popular stories, Come On Out and Play – the story of a bear whose belief in what is possible makes for a very magical night. In addition, Bill offers a primer in orchestral music in his piece What’s Music Made Of?, which takes a close look at the last movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. The exploration of this classic of orchestral music is educational, interactive and very entertaining. In working with an orchestra, Bill draws on his long experience of working with all genres of music and especially his experience as host for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Family Series. Available pieces: There’s a Pea On My Plate
    • 3:45 Jack and the Beanstalk
    • 16:30 Come On Out and Play
    • 15:30 You’re in Trouble
    • 4:45 What’s Music Made Of? (an exploration of Beethoven Symphony No. 1, IV. Adagio)

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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