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Bill Cotter
Bill Cotter

All About Bill Cotter

Bill Cotter is an American author and illustrator that grew up in Cleveland; a city next to a lake that is known for cold weather and warm people.

Bill has loved art since he was a very small child. Every time he touched the pencil or paintbrush to the page, his heart would fill with love. He followed this feeling to the oldest art university in America, where he learned how to make all kinds of things.

After he graduated, Bill moved to New York City where he found work as an art and music teacher for children. One day, Bill decided that he wanted to make a book that he thought would make his students laugh. That book eventually became “Don’t Push the Button!” now an international best-seller.

Bill has gone on to write and illustrate 7 other books and now enjoys traveling all over the world spreading his message of humor, creativity, and love.

Bill’s School Visits

Younger Presentation (ages 3-6)

Using his years of experience as a pre-K art and music teacher, Bill has put together a custom program that keeps in mind the interests and the attention spans of the littlest of readers.

– Music and Movement
The session starts with various music and movement games so that the kids can exert some energy before being asked to sit for stories.

– Bill’s Story
A brief presentation showing childhood art and the story of how Bill realized he wanted to be an artist when he was six years old.

– Books!
A reading of as many books as time allows (usually 4 titles due to the short nature of the books)

– Drawing Demo
Demonstration of how to draw the star of Don’t Push the Button, Larry the Monster!

– Art Project
A “Make Your Own Button” art project! This mess-free project involving just paper, stickers, and crayons allows the students to take something home with them to remember their experience. Once everyone is finished making their buttons, it turns into a creative writing exercise with Bill asking the question: “What does YOUR button do?” resulting in hilarious and often unexpected answers.

Older Presentation (7-11 year olds)

– Bill’s Story
Bill tells the students about his journey from making art as a kid to having books published around the world.

– How a Book is Made
Bill walks the students through the process of making a book. From initial concept to sketch, and from sketch to final product, Bill talks about taking an idea and bringing it into the real world.

– Beard in a Box
Bill reads his book Beard in a Box (ages 6-11)

– Art Project
Bill encourages students to create their own character and then share them with the audience.

– Q&A
Bill answers any questions that the kids or teachers might have about being an author/illustrator.

Bill’s Books

Don’t Push The Button

“There’s only one rule in Larry’s book: don’t push the button.

(Seriously, don’t even think about it!)

Even if it does look kind of nice, you must never push the button. Who knows what would happen?

Okay, quick. No one is looking… push the button.

Uh, oh.

A hilarious and interactive book that your young reader will love!”

Don’t Touch This Book!

“Larry the lovable monster from Don’t Push the Button! is back with another hilarious, interactive adventure!

I know what you’re thinking: this is a pretty cool-looking book. But… 

DON’T TOUCH THIS BOOK! (Don’t even try it, bub.)

Okay, okay. You can touch, but you can only use ONE finger.

Whoa. How’d you do that?”

Hello Airplane

“Say hello to the airplane as it takes off on an exciting adventure: gliding through the night

sky, skimming above the clouds, and soaring into a bright new morning. This is a calming

book that is perfect for bedtime or a child’s first flight.”

Beard in a Box

“A young boy longs for a beard like Dad’s, and when he discovers a hair-growth product called Beard in a Box, he must have it! He rips open the package, plants the beard seeds, and waits . . .

And waits . . .

And waits.

Hilarious art and a feel-good ending make this the perfect Father’s Day gift for bearded and clean-shaven readers alike!

“From the boy’s imaginings of what his beard will look like (and each beard’s accompanying attribute) to the hysterical vignettes showing him waiting for the mail, exercising his face, and expressing his frustration, the facial expressions are spot-on. Yes, dads are awesome, and if you hang out with them, they’ll teach you to be awesome too.” —Kirkus, starred review”

Don’t Push the Button: A Christmas Adventure
“A holiday companion to Don’t Push the Button!

It’s almost Christmas and Santa is coming, so whatever you do—DON’T PUSH THE BUTTON!!

Well, maybe just once can’t hurt…uh oh!”

Little Face Big Face

“Little face, big face
Chewing on a twig face!
Short face, long face
Super-duper STRONG face!

Faces can communicate a lot of things! Introduce little listeners to what different animal traits and emotions can look like, how widely they range, and what else can be learned from an expression in this fun, interactive board book.”

Happy Face Sad Face

“Happy face, sad face
Getting really mad face!
Cold face, hot face
Hidden in a pot face!

Faces can communicate a lot of things! Introduce little listeners to what different human emotions can look like, how widely they range, and what else can be learned from an expression in this fun, interactive board book.”

Don’t Push the Button: A Halloween Treat
“Don’t miss this delightfully spooky holiday companion to Don’t Push the Button!
Everyone knows that trick-or-treating is the best part of Halloween. But that one house looks kind of scary…wait, why are you walking toward the creepy house?! Whatever you do, do NOT ring that doorbell! “

Testimonials and Reviews

“A school visit involving a week of presenting to our youngest readers during Book Week is no small feat, but Bill did a fantastic job. He drew upon his experience teaching art and music and shared his work with the children through read alouds, personal stories, music/movement, and hands-on art experiences. Bill’s fun and interactive books were also perfectly suited to our Kindergarten community. The children adored having a real-life author around the school for a whole week, and excited acknowledgements of “Bill Cotter” in the hallways became a common occurrence. He also presented a family session where he was able to share his work and creative journey with the children and their parents together. Bill is flexible, open-minded, and super easy to work with as well!”
    – Candace T. Taylor-Weber
      Librarian, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Saudi Arabia 
“Bill Cotter’s presentation at the Lakewood Public Library was engaging and hilarious; it was a fun time for both young students and adults. Animated participation was encouraged and Bill’s program illustrated just how enjoyable books can be. Young students with a lack of interest in books will change their minds because of Bill’s influence.”
– Julie Strunk
      Librarian, Lakwood Library in Lakewood, OH, USA
“Bill is a wonderful role model for our young kids!  His visit was full of energy and the kids talked about it for weeks, recalling the songs and stories that Bill had introduced to them.  Larry [the Monster] has become a mascot amongst our students as they are constantly reading and acting out Bill’s stories in class. Bill Cotter is an inspiration for all kids!”
– Megan Sopko
Teacher, Madison Public School, Madison, OH, USA

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Bill Cotter, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at