THE WRITER & ILLUSTRATOR
Dr. David Knight is a newcomer to the children’s publishing world, but he is not new to teaching kids. He holds a master’s degree from University of Colorado at Boulder in Education, taught middle school science, social studies, reading and Spanish for eight years, and coached basketball early in his career. He continued his education to earn a PhD and is currently a well-loved professor at Colorado State University, a published researcher, and an accomplished public-speaker. David is also a decorated member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor’s Society recognized for his academic excellence during his time at Purdue University for his undergraduate studies in Spanish and Biology. Long before he entered the halls of academia and the classroom, David was writing his own unpublished collection of poetry and short stories for young readers. His sense of humor and wit weave together stories and poems that usually deliver a good-hearted message or a valuable life lesson, and they can almost always be counted on for a good laugh. David’s writing style with its oddities, sometimes made-up-words, and clever imagination are reminiscent of his childhood favorite, Shel Silverstein, and the lyrical genius of Walt Disney’s famed Sherman Brothers. If laugher, comedy, and positive messaging are traits that define David’s work, they are also traits that define David himself. Colleagues have dubbed him “Mr. Positivity” for good reason! He exudes a joy and love in all that he does, he’s a genuine people-person with a thirst for exploration, adventure and lifelong learning. He speaks English, Spanish and Chinese with aspirations to learn several other languages. He has traveled the world and lived overseas in Spain, the Philippines, Peru and China. He has also lived all across the United States. He was born in Massachusetts, moved to New York, then to Hawaii, California, Indiana and finally Colorado. He loves the hustle and bustle of city living but also recharges his proverbial batteries in the great outdoors, hiking and exploring national parks and coastal hideaways.