Even at the age of six, children’s book Author and Illustrator David (Davide) Cuccia knew he was destined to be an artist. “From the first moment I picked up a pencil, I knew exactly what I wanted to do!”
Graduating New Albany High School in 1974, then art college in New Jersey where he trained to draw comic books, David took a different path and spent the next 30+ years in the field of advertising illustration and design, never forgetting his childhood dream to one day write and illustrate children’s books.
After extensive genealogy research and a wonderful first reunion with family in Sicily, David hatched the idea for a series of bilingual children’s books that would stress the importance of friendship, second chances and just being yourself. Set in Sicily and published in 2011, There’s A Crazy Dog Under the Palace! also started David on a path of educating children all over the world about the plight of homeless animals, which continues in the fun-filled 2015 sequel, Who Ate the Gelato?!
Davide is proud to be a second generation Sicilian-American with deep ties to his family roots in Sicily. “The family gave me the initial idea for the title of my first book, and things just created themselves after that!”
He is currently working on the third and last book in the series, Topo and the Second Chance Circus, which will feature the town and people of Belmonte Mezzagno, just outside Palermo, Sicily. To learn more about David and his work go to cucciaCreative.com or cucciaKidsBooks.com.
Making a Personal Appearance
David will be selling and signing his children’s books in the Italian American Cultural Heritage Experience tent all three days of the Festival. Be sure to stop by and meet him!