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1. Comment on Many thanks to Joe McDermott and Phil Bildner by Chris Barton

Hi, Julie — yes, please, share away! Joe and Phil are terrific people who do terrific work, and the more folks know about them, the better.

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2. Comment on Many thanks to Joe McDermott and Phil Bildner by nymediaworks

Hey Chris! It was a pleasure to share your Modern First Library video on KidLit TV. The camera work was super! Thank you to Joe. And a BIG thanks to Phil for doing a brilliant job. I’d love to share this post to shine a little light on the folks behind the scenes, too!

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3. John Roy and George and Don and me

To commemorate Black History Month, the Texas Book Festival has posted an interview with Don Tate and me about his book Poet: The Remarkable True Story of George Moses Horton and our book The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch. Here’s a bit of what Don has to say about the stories he wants to […]

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4. A special guest in the audience

The first slide in my school-visit presentation lists a number of things I am in addition to being an author, and one of them is “son.” “Usually,” I told an audience of second- and third-graders last Friday at Holiday Heights Elementary, “you have to take my word for it.” But not that day. Friday marked […]

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5. Interview and four-book giveaway with Karen Blumenthal and Cynthia Levinson

The research and writing efforts that Karen Blumenthal and Cynthia Levinson put into their mid-2015 nonfiction publications — Tommy: The Gun That Changed America and Watch Out for Flying Kids!: How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community, respectively — would have been plenty impressive on their own. But this […]

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6. Many thanks to Joe McDermott and Phil Bildner

The recent KidLit TV segment on Modern First Library would not have happened without the enthusiastic support of my friends Phil Bildner and Joe McDermott. Phil’s role was obvious — he was on-camera with me and BookPeople‘s Meghan Goel. But what part did Joe play? Well, who do you think was behind the camera? That’s […]

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7. Comment on Recognition, celebration, validation by Chris Barton

Thank you right back! I hope your new year is off to a great start.

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8. Comment on Recognition, celebration, validation by readitrealgood

Hi Chris! I’m super happy that you found and enjoyed my review for The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch. :) Thanks for educating me on such a cool man. Hope you have a Happy New Year and I’m looking forward to your books in 2016!

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9. Recognition, celebration, validation

Here’s to the end of 2015, everybody. I hope you’ve had a satisfying year, and that no matter how well things have gone, it’s wrapping up for you on a positive note. If you’re reading this, you’re one of the reasons I feel so fortunate to be doing what I do. Thank you for taking […]

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10. My Nutcrackerrific trip to Utah

The Salt Lake Tribune interviewed me a couple of weeks ago about ‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to America, but I’ve done more in Utah this month than just appear in print. Considering that it was dance-loving Utah brothers Willam, Harold, and Lew Christensen who made The Nutcracker into a US holiday tradition, what better time and […]

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11. Comment on Modern First Library on KidLit TV by Chris Barton

Thank you all — I really appreciate your encouragement, and your help getting the word out!

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12. Comment on Modern First Library on KidLit TV by Tracey M. Cox

Awesome! Thank you for being inspiring!!!

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13. Comment on Modern First Library on KidLit TV by KidLit TV

Chris, this is a brilliant idea. I’m super supportive!

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14. Comment on Modern First Library on KidLit TV by Katya Szewczuk (@katyaszew)

What a great post! Thanks for shouting out to KidLit TV! We love what you do and are looking forward to seeing your project grow! :)

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15. Dear Book Nerds…

…I’m a guest co-host on the latest episode of the Dear Book Nerd podcast!

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16. Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair on Saturday, December 12

What’s not to love about getting signed copies of The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, ‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to America, and books by 22 other talented Texas folks — especially when those books are sold at a discount and sales benefit Texas libraries? The answer, my friends, is nothing. Hope to see you in […]

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17. Join Jennifer and me in supporting the Giving Tree

On Saturday, December 5, Jennifer and I will celebrate the release of our new holiday-themed books — her Revenge of the Angels and my ‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to America — with an open-to-the-public event at Austin’s BookPeople benefiting the store’s Giving Tree charity program. Giving Tree provides a way for BookPeople customers to provide books […]

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18. Modern First Library on KidLit TV

Modern First Library — the program that BookPeople and I began last year to encourage the purchase of diverse new titles along with classic picture books — was featured this past Friday on KidLit TV, with children’s buyer Meghan Goel and me interviewed about the program by author, pal, and all-around dynamo Phil Bildner. I’m […]

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19. Mr. Schu goes Whoosh!

Over at Watch. Connect. Read., Mr. Schu is unveiling the cover of Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. That’s my upcoming picture book with Don Tate, the follow up to our first collaboration, The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch. Whoosh!, a biography of the inventor of the Super Soaker water gun, comes out […]

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20. Giving Back for the Holidays, Part 1: Women’s Storybook Project of Texas

When Jennifer and I celebrate our new holiday-themed books with an event at Austin’s BookPeople on December 5, we’re going to spotlight the store’s annual Giving Tree charity program. Guests buying any hardcover children’s book to donate to Giving Tree will be in the running for the giveaway of signed sets of Jennifer’s Revenge of […]

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21. Four new books from me in 2016

Now that the cover of my next book with Don Tate has been revealed, I can show it off here, too. But why stop with just that one? Through a combination of flukes, good fortune, and starting my work at 5 a.m. far more often than not, I’ve got four new picture books coming out […]

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22. Comment on Four new books from me in 2016 by Chris Barton

Thanks, Rob! Y’all will have a lot of reading to catch up on when you come home…

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23. Comment on Four new books from me in 2016 by roblifford

Whoa! Nicely done, Chris.

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24. Giving Back for the Holidays, Part 3: BookSpring

When Jennifer and I celebrate our new holiday-themed books with an event at Austin’s BookPeople on December 5, we’re going to spotlight the store’s annual Giving Tree charity program. Guests buying any hardcover children’s book to donate to Giving Tree will be in the running for the giveaway of signed sets of Jennifer’s Revenge of […]

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25. Giving Back for the Holidays, Part 2: Saint Louise House

When Jennifer and I celebrate our new holiday-themed books with an event at Austin’s BookPeople on December 5, we’re going to spotlight the store’s annual Giving Tree charity program. Guests buying any hardcover children’s book to donate to Giving Tree will be in the running for the giveaway of signed sets of Jennifer’s Revenge of […]

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