Praise for Bil:
Kirkus Starred Review
"Adults and children who read this delightful and imaginative book together will find lots to talk about."
"It's hard to miss the point of this fable about the kindly King of Little Things… Small, Lepp clearly feels, is beautiful. Brainy wordplay abounds... Lepp affirms living simply without sounding smarmy..." —
The Wall Street Journal
"Bil Lepp writes with cheery alliteration...No points for guessing which king prevails in this endearing and satisfying picture book for readers..."
The School Library Journal
"There are plenty of humorous details... The witty writing enlivens this fable about appreciating the small things in life."
Michael Feldman, Whad'ya Know
"He's terrific…fantastic. He's a good one."
National Geographic News
"He won the [WV Liars'] contest and has been honing his lying skills ever since."
Bil Lepp has been described as "Side-Splittingly Funny" by no less than the Smithsonian Center for Folklife. Bil has performed and prepared hilarious, custom programs for, among others, the Nature Conservancy, Red Tettemer Ad Agency, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Colonial Williamsburg, and West Virginia University. Bil is a nationally known humorist who performs over 200 clean, family friendly presentations a year. Bil creates stories, keynotes, workshops, and presentations that are insightful and motivate others to learn from their mistakes, and turn bad ideas into opportunities.
Bil has been enthralling audiences for over twenty years, and has been a main-stay at major festivals and events all around the country. Through his award winning books and recordings, as well as his live shows, and appearances on "Michael Feldman's Whad'ya Know," "All Things Considered," "Inside Appalachia," and Sirius Radio, Bil has proved he is versatile, and respected as a speaker. Magazines as far and wide as Guns & Gardens, The Christian Century, and Cooking With Paula Dean have seen fit to mention Bil Lepp's work in some form or fashion.
Whether you hire Bil to provide the keynote address at your next function, present a workshop on thinking creatively, or to be the evening's entertainment, you will not be disappointed. Here's what others, from National Geographic to US News, have had to say about Bil's work:
"He won the [WV Liars'] contest and has been honing his lying skills ever since." -John Roach- National Geographic News
"Lepp's [stories] make you laugh" -Jill Jordan Sieder- U.S. News
"Bil Lepp- think Jeff Foxworthy with the comedic patience of Bill Cosby…and Woody Allen's classic "I shot a moose once" tale." -Lou Harry- Indianapolis Business Journal
"The audience could barely stop laughing long enough to catch the next twist in the tale…" -Andrew Milman- Journal Sentinel, WI
Professional Achievements and Awards:
2014-National Book Festival- The King of Little Things selected by WV Library Comm. to represent all
books by WV authors
2014 Irma Black Award Finalist- The King of Little Things, winner announced May 22nd
2014 Kansas Reading Assoc. Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award Finalist- The King of Little Things
2013 Parents' Choice Gold Award - The King of Little Things
2013-Kirkus Starred Review -The King of Little Things
2002-2014 Featured Performer at the National Storytelling Festival
2013 Parents' Choice Silver Award – Egg Babies, CD
2012 Number 1 Best Seller in its category on Amazon/Kindle - Muddling Through, parenting book
2012 Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson
2011 National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Award
2010 Parents' Choice Silver Award – Vampire Santa, CD
2009 Parents' Choice Approved Award Winner – King of Little Things, CD
2008 NAPPA Honors Award- Mayhem Dressed Like an Eight Point Buck, CD
2008 Storytelling World Award Honors – Teacher & The Divine Bovine, CDs
2006 Parents' Choice Approved Award Winner – Teacher in the Patriotic Bathing Suit, CD
2003 Featured Storyteller at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
2000 Storytelling World Award – The Monster Stick, Book
2000 PLA/ALLS Best New Books for New Adult Readers – The Monster Stick, Book
1992, 1996-1999 Five Time Champion – WV Liars Contest
2000 First Place- National Storytelling Contest
1985 Eagle Scout
2013 King of Little Things, Peachtree Publishers, GA. Children's Book.
2012 Muddling Through-Perspectives in Parenting, Familius Press, UT. Non-fiction.
2008 Halfdollar, Quarrier Press, Charleston, WV. Novel.
2004 Armadillo Recon Unit, Quarrier Press, Charleston, WV. Collection of Stories.
2002 Inept: Impaired: Overwhelmed, Quarrier Press, Charleston, WV. Collection of Stories.
1999 The Monster Stick, August House Publishers, Little Rock, AR. Collection of Stories.