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Author Spotlight: Chris Barton

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We're thrilled to host Chris Barton, one of our favorite authors of children’s books, on Wednesday, Feb. 7th at 4:30pm. Chris will speak about and sign his most recent book, DAZZLE SHIPS: WORLD WAR 1 AND THE ART OF CONFUSION, which tells the fascinating and little known story of the brilliant creation of “dazzle." These were designs painted on ships during WWI to confuse the enemy as to a ship’s speed and direction. Beautiful illustrations by Victor Ngai help bring this story to life. DAZZLE SHIPS has been awarded with starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and School Library Journal.

Not only has Chris authored many wonderful and award winning children’s books, his vision was the inspiration behind our “Modern First Library” collection of new and old classic favorites to build a child’s first library. (See our website link for more information on the Modern First Library.) Chris Barton’s books are about many varied and fascinating subjects but have one thing in common - they both educate and entertain while exuding an enthusiasm for making learning and reading a fun adventure.

Chris is from Austin, TX and has been writing stories since he was in elementary school. He was a writer for the Daily Texan while attending UT Austin, and was inspired to become a children’s author through telling stories to his own children. He is passionate about reaching out to students who will become the next generation of readers and writers, and spends much of his time visiting schools. His books have been on the New York Times Bestseller list, have been recipients of numerous awards including the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, The Orbis Pictus Honor Award, American Library Association Siber Honor, Junior Library Guild Selections, and have received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers weekly. He is married to author, Jennifer Ziegler, who writes middle grade books.

Chris Barton’s collection of books includes:

Dazzle Ships Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Victo Ngai (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781512410143
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - September 2017

Shark vs. Train Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316007627
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2010

That's Not Bunny! Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Colin Jack (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781423190868
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Disney-Hyperion - February 2nd, 2016

Mighty Truck: Muddymania! Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Troy Cummings (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062344793
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - March 28th, 2017

Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781580892971
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Charlesbridge - May 3rd, 2016

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802853790
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - April 2015

88 Instruments Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Louis Thomas (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553538144
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 16th, 2016

Shark vs. Train Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780316378147
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: LB Kids - April 7th, 2015

The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Cathy Gendron (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781467721516
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - September 2015