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, which was included on 21 state reading lists. My newest books include Fire Truck vs. Dragon, All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing, What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (included on the 2020-21 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List), and the upcoming How to Make a Book (About My Dog), illustrated by Sarah Horne. 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 co-founding the Modern First Library program with independent bookseller BookPeople. For more information about me, please visit www.chrisbarton.info.
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