Storyteller, author, musician and educator Dan Keding grew up with his Croatian grandmother filling him with the stories of the old country. He has pursued this passion for over forty years telling at some of the most prestigious venues both nationally and internationally. He has won numerous awards including the ALA Notable Recording for Children, nine Storytelling World Awards, and two Anne Izard Storytelling Choice Awards. In 2000 he was awarded The Circle of Excellence by the National Storytelling Network. Dan is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He has over a dozen recordings and six published books and travels worldwide telling stories. He lives in Urbana, Illinois with his wife, Tandy Lacy, and their Australian Shepherd, Mac.