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 has been included on 21 state reading lists. Other well-known titles of mine include Fire Truck vs. Dragon, Dazzle Ships, 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 All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing. My new books in 2021 and 2022 include How to Make a Book (About My Dog), illustrated by Sarah Horne; Moving Forward: From Space-Age Rides to Civil Rights Sit-Ins with Airman Alton Yates, illustrated by Steffi Walthall; and Sister, Brother, Family: An American Childhood in Music, written with Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson. 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, Worser, the Brewster Triplets series). Jennifer and I have four children and one dog, and we co-host the children’s literature video series “This One’s Dedicated to…” in which we talk with other authors and illustrators about the dedications they’ve written for their books. Jennifer and I 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.

Our favorite moments (so far!) in “This One’s Dedicated to…”

As part of our appearance at the Texas Association for […]

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