Bill Harley
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Bill Harley

Born in Greenville, Ohio, Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy® award-winning artist who uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Recipient of the lifetime achievement award from RI Council for the Humanities "for building community; promoting our common humanity; and encouraging lifelong learning, exploring and growing", Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker.

Bill began singing and storytelling in 1975 while still in college. His work has influenced a generation of children, parents, performing artists and educators. Bill's songs are joyous, direct and honest, his stories are filled with the details of daily life - all told, written and sung from his slightly off-center point of view.

"Humor is my weapon," says Harley of his work. Award-winning books and recordings are filled with his trademark wit and wisdom. Dubbed "the Mark Twain of contemporary children's music" by Entertainment Weekly, his recordings have won numerous prestigious awards including NARAS (Grammy), Parents' Choice, Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio and NAPPA (National Parenting Publications). His books - both picture books and novels, have won similar recognition with awards from: Bank Street School of Education, Children's Choice Awards, Green Earth Book Award and pick of the list from ABA. His latest book, a new series, Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year is a Junior Library Guild selection. Kirkus reviews says of the book "In this series opener, Harley magically weaves the simple lesson that people, even teachers, can surprise you."

Appearing nationally in theaters, schools, libraries, festivals and conferences, as a workshop leader, keynote and inspirational speaker, Bill's work affirms our commonality and reminds us to laugh out loud. In the car, the classroom, at home or on stage, "Harley's witty ebullient performance will have listeners young and old laughing out loud." Publishers Weekly

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Best Sellers

    • Charlie Bumpers vs. the Puny Pirates

    • By: Bill Harley
    • Narrated by: Bill Harley
    • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Charlie, Tommy, and Hector have high hopes for their soccer team this season....

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Grownups Are Strange

    • By: Bill Harley
    • Narrated by: Bill Harley
    • Length: 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    These wacky, but true, stories from growing up are about trying to figure out how the adult world works...

    Regular price: $10.46

    • The Town Around the Bend

    • Bedtime Stories and Songs
    • By: Bill Harley
    • Narrated by: Bill Harley
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 52

    Bill Harley's newest recording is a very special collection of songs and stories for bedtime about a wonderful and wacky imaginary place....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nighty Noodles...

    • By Kimberly on 10-14-04

    Regular price: $10.46

    • Dinosaurs Never Say Please and Other Stories

    • By: Bill Harley
    • Narrated by: Bill Harley
    • Length: 40 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    If you were big and ugly, had a ton of sharp teeth, and a truly enormous appetite, you wouldn't need the...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mrs Jones 1st grade class loved it!

    • By Dan on 04-10-03

    Regular price: $10.46

    • Weezie and the Moon Pies

    • By: Bill Harley
    • Narrated by: Bill Harley
    • Length: 44 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    Audiences often ask Bill Harley if his stories are true. The answer is both "yes" and "no"...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best Bill Harley we've got

    • By Josh Flowers on 11-30-03

    Regular price: $10.46

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    • Stories About Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates & Dogs
    • By: Bill Harley
    • Narrated by: Bill Harley
    • Length: 1 hr
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Here it is! The recording fans have been asking for! A recording that contains the hilarious and completely captivating tale of Dirty Joe....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun for kids and adults

    • By Tracie on 03-04-07

    Regular price: $7.95

    • Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year

    • By: Bill Harley
    • Narrated by: Bill Harley
    • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Shortly before school starts, Charlie Bumpers learns that he will have the strictest teacher in the whole school for fourth grade....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great for kids

    • By Besendorfer Books LLC on 10-27-14

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome

    • By: Bill Harley
    • Narrated by: Bill Harley
    • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Charlie Bumpers has his heart set on playing the role of the evil Sorcerer in the fourth grade play. He's even got the laugh down pat: Mwa-ha-ha-ha!...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lots of fun!!

    • By Leslie on 08-04-16

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Wacka Wacka Woo and Other Stuff

    • By: Bill Harley
    • Narrated by: Bill Harley
    • Length: 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Everybody knows an Aunt Edith - picky, disagreeable, animal-hating, who couldn't possibly ever...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of our Favorites

    • By D. Sidwell on 02-10-04

    Regular price: $10.46

    • Charlie Bumpers vs. the Perfect Little Turkey

    • By: Bill Harley
    • Narrated by: Bill Harley
    • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    Charlie is looking forward to the big Thanksgiving gathering at his house this year, but he's having trouble being a polite host to his super-annoying little cousin, Chip....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By C Jones on 07-03-18

    Regular price: $6.95

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