I love getting to meet young readers — and older readers, too!

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Watch videos of me in action here, here, and here.

Also available for keynotes, workshops, and Skype.

Email me and let me know what you've got in mind!

Chris Barton

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My fees can depend on number of days booked, presentations per day, and distance traveled. For details about programs, costs, and benefits, or to schedule a visit, please contact me.

Need More?

If your event or school district needs multiple authors, you can make your budget go further by booking both me and my wife, Jennifer Ziegler. She teaches writing and is the author of novels for tweens (the Brewster Triplets series) and teens (How Not to Be Popular). Ask me for details!


I'm amazed and thankful for the hard work you've put into the preparation for our time together! Thank you so very much; it makes my job that much easier, in the midst of back-to-school chaos.

Christine Margocs, Elementary Librarian, Round Rock ISD

In particular, I want to express my appreciation for your sincerity with our students. Your presentations allow them to ask questions, discuss ideas, and share their own experiences in a supportive and thoughtful conversation with you. I know it takes time to prepare for student audiences, but their enthusiasm during the visit and in subsequent library visits is worth it.

Maya McElroy, Elementary Librarian, Austin ISD

The participants were uniformly enthusiastic about their workshop experience with Chris. ... From an administrative point of view, Chris was also a total pleasure to work with. He was responsive, flexible, gracious and thoroughly professional.

Emma Walton Hamilton, Director, Southampton Children's Literature Conference

It was our honor to have you speak at our session. I am grateful for you being willing to be so personal and vulnerable. Your "Getting Better All the Time" speech is encouraging to those who have suffered loss, and it challenges us to be reflective of our own roles in our society and to create change. I hope you continue to give this speech, as it is one greatly needed at this time.

Autumn Smith, Literacy and Social Responsibility Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association

We were so fortunate to have Chris speak at the 44th Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival! Chris was an entertaining and engaging speaker who kept the crowd of librarians, teachers, educators, and writers interested during both the informational parts of his presentation and the fun parts, too. He was flexible and dynamic and both festival organizers and attendees would highly recommend him for your next speaking engagement!

Karen Rowell, The University of Southern Mississippi

Chris gave an outstanding presentation to Austin SCBWI. He motivated everyone in the crowd to go home and write picture book biographies, and the bibliography he provided was outstanding. I highly recommend him as a speaker for any type of children's literature event.

Tim Crow, Former Regional Advisor, Austin Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

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Tips for better author visits

In my experience, there are three things schools can do that generally make author visits better experiences for their students:


Prepare the kids — and their teachers. When faculty members are present — in every respect — during my sessions, it underscores for students the value of having me there. And the more that students know ahead of time about me and about my books, the more they'll anticipate my visit, the more attentive they'll be during my presentation, and the more substantial their questions for me will be.


Allow plenty of time. Trust me — I won't expect pre-K students to sit still for a full hour. But the more time we have together — after the kids are seated and before they stand up to leave — the more I can truly engage with your students without having to rush through my presentation.


Have books available for me to sign. This is not a requirement. But I do find that adults who have lots of books in their lives sometimes overlook how special — inspiring, even — it can be to a child to own one particular book signed by a real-life author (or "arthur") who they actually met at their actual school.

Looking for more tips? Have a look at "Make It Happen: Awesome Author and Illustrator Visits" from Education World.

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