I'm the author of picture books including bestseller Shark Vs. Train (illus. by Tom Lichtenheld) and the American Library Association Sibert Honor-winning The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors (illus. by Tony Persiani).
My latest books for young readers are 'The Nutcracker' Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition (illus. by Cathy Gendron), The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (illus. by Don Tate), and Attack! Boss! Cheat Code! A Gamer's Alphabet (illus. by Joey Spiotto).
Coming up in 2016 are Mighty Truck (illus. by Troy Cummings), That's Not Bunny! (illus. by Colin Jack), 88 Instruments (illus. by Louis Thomas), and Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super Stream of Ideas (illus. by Don Tate). I have eight more books on the way in 2017-18 and badly need a nap.
I'm married to novelist Jennifer Ziegler (Revenge of the Flower Girls, How Not to Be Popular), and we live with our family 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.