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Chris Barton


Chris Barton

Chris Barton is the author of the picture books SHARK VS. TRAIN (a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller) and THE DAY-GLO BROTHERS (winner, American Library Association Sibert Honor), as well as the young adult nonfiction thriller CAN I SEE YOUR I.D.? TRUE STORIES OF FALSE IDENTITIES. His latest publications include picture books ATTACK! BOSS! CHEAT CODE! A GAMER'S ALPHABET and THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH. Chris and his wife, novelist Jennifer Ziegler (REVENGE OF THE FLOWER GIRLS, REVENGE OF THE ANGELS), live in Austin, Texas, with their family.

Chris Barton

Books by Chris Barton

written by Chris Barton with illustrations by Don Tate - Biography, Children's 7-10, Nature, Science

A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson’s life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.

Written by Chris Barton with illustrations by Louis Thomas - Children's 3-7, Fiction, Music

A boy who loves to make noise gets to pick only one instrument (at his parents' urging) in a music store, but there is too much to choose from! There’s triangles and sousaphones! There’s guitars and harpsichords! Bagpipes and cellos and trombones! How can he find the one that is just right for him out of all those options?

by Chris Barton - Children's, Holiday, Picture

Every December, The Nutcracker comes to life in theaters all across the United States. But how did this 19th-century Russian ballet become such a big part of the holidays in 21st-century America? Meet William, Harold, and Lew Christensen, three small-town Utah boys who caught the ballet bug in the early 1900s. They performed on vaudeville and took part in the New York City dance scene. Russian immigrants shared the story of The Nutcracker with them, and during World War II, they staged their own Christmastime production in San Francisco. It was America's first full-length version and the beginning of a delightful holiday tradition.