About Chris Barton

I’m the author of picture books including bestseller Shark Vs. Train, Sibert Honor-winning The Day-Glo Brothers, and Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, winner of the Beehive, Blue Crab, and Towner Awards and included on 15 other state reading lists. My newest books include Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion, Book or Bell?, the Mighty Truck early-reader series, and What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. I visit schools by the score and also love speaking to professional gatherings of librarians, educators, and fellow writers. I’m married to YA/middle-grade novelist Jennifer Ziegler (How Not to Be Popular, the Brewster Triplets series). Jennifer and I have one daughter, three sons, and one dog. We live in Austin, Texas, where I have advocated for greater diversity in children's literature by cofounding the Modern First Library program with independent bookseller BookPeople. For more information about me, please visit www.chrisbarton.info.