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Ross is an artist, author, educator and entrepreneur whose every
career move has involved kids. His first serious employment began
in 1970 when he was hired by a prestigious art museum (the Albright
Knox) to drive an old converted book mobile. Some otherwise well
intentioned members of the museum thought it would be a great
idea to bring art to inner city children out of a mobile classroom.
Apparently Dave was the only art teacher they could find willing
to drive this ten ton behemoth into the projects. For two years
Dave battled snow storms and gave curb side art lessons in Buffalo,
NY. Dave was also an art educator for Shenendehowa Central Schools
for eleven years (it took him nearly that long to learn how to
was while Dave was teaching at an elementary school that he wrote
and illustrated his first children's book (he was inspired during
a particularly boring faculty meeting). His first book (How
Many Frogs Make a Bunch) took just over a week to write and
collected enough rejection slips to wallpaper a bathroom wall
(it never did sell, but subsequent books did). An author and illustrator
of over thirty children's books, his published works include A
Book of Hugs, More Hugs and Baby Hugs
(HarperCollins), the Space Monster series (Walker),
How To Prevent Monster Attacks, Baby Bear's Christmas,
and Is It Bedtime? (HarperCollins). Two of his books,
Space Monster and Mr. Terwilligar's Secret,
were International Reading Association's and Children's Book Council's
1982 Children's Choice selections.
his spare time he helped his wife, Kathleen, found several preschools.
One of them, Helping Hands School, is for children with special
needs from birth to age 5. Today the school serves over 200 families
in the Capital District area of NY. The other is Shannon's Rainbow
Daycare Center which, oddly enough, is a daycare center. Serving
as Chief Fiscal Officer and Head of Buildings & Grounds for
these preschools, he gets to chase snapping turtles across the
parking lot, unplug toilets and sign checks. He used to get to
yell at bus drivers but he gave up that part of the job when he
found out they yell back.
Ross is a frequent children's literature and creative writing
lecturer (it's hard to get him to shut up). He has spoken in many
educational settings (including drafty old auditoriums and noisy
cafeterias) with audiences ranging from fidgeting elementary students
to grad school teacher wannabes. In addition, he has conducted
workshops and seminars for many groups and organizations including
Parents as Reading Partners, the New York State Reading Association,
the annual New York State Education Dept. Humanities Conference
and just about anyone else who would pay him. He has served as
a consultant to the NY State Education Dept. and the Office of
Mental Retardation and Developmental Delays. In 1992, in recognition
of his work on behalf of young people, he was awarded an Honorary
Lifetime Membership in the Parent-Teacher-Student Association
of NY State. He was only slightly disappointed to learn he still
had to pay dues.
has several yellowing diplomas hanging in his cluttered studio.
They include a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the State
University College at Buffalo and a Masters of Science in Educational
Communication from the State University of New York at Albany.
He also has taken enough graduate work in Curriculum and Instruction
to know that he didn't want a Doctorate.
father of four, he is thankful that his two older sons, Ed and
Joel, are finished with college and working. He resides in Ballston
Lake, NY with his very beautiful and patient wife, Kathleen, his
lovely but incredibly active teenage daughters, Kaitlyn and Tara,
and a small, overfed, rat-like dog named Jackie.
is a member of the Author's Guild and The Society of Children's
Book Writers and Illustrators.