Former Manhattan Teacher & “Manny” Captivates 80 Antsy Preschoolers

IMG_0039By Leslie Yager

Bill Cotter, a former pre-school teacher and self-described high-priced Manny in Manhattan knows the secret to how kids think. He hit the nail on the head with his first children’s book, “Don’t Push the Button,” which he wrote and illustrated with colorful friendly monsters.

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 2.05.38 PMVisiting First Church Preschool in Old Greenwich on Friday morning, Cotter, who already has two more books in the works, was adept at holding the attention of about 80 little boys and girls.

Armed with just the picture book and guitar, Cotter, who attended Maryland Institute College of Art “MICA” in Baltimore, had the children singing, freeze-dancing and answering questions with giddy enthusiasm.

It’s not just any illustrator who can captivate so many little kids at once. Sitting in a folding chair facing his audience, soft-spoken Cotter worked his magic.

IMG_0050And best of all, the young author/illustrator let the boys and girls push the button, the simple premise of his book.

Cotter, whose visit was coordinated by Diane’s Books, was a hit with the kids, as was his book, which mothers lined up to purchased and have have signed afterward.

Visit for more information on Bill Cotter and his books.

First Church Preschool is located at 108 Sound Beach Ave in Old Greenwich. Tel. (203) 637-5430.

Diane’s Books is located at 8 Grigg Street in Greenwich. Tel. (203) 869-1515.

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