Author Spotlight — Byron Barton


We’re still going strong with our 2013 Summer Library Program (SLP) as we “Dig Into Reading,” so this month we are going to spotlight an author/illustrator with books that fit perfectly with the theme.

There are a great number of people who write and illustrate children’s picture books.  The ones that we love tend to be simple with large pictures and easy-to-read textByron Barton is one of our “go-to” picture book authors for books that are perfect for reading to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers at story time.

Mr. Barton has authored and illustrated many books, and some he has illustrated for other people.  From building and construction to things that go, these books are usually always checked out.  His retellings of The Three Bears and The Little Red Hen bring a fresh vibe to classic stories.  The stories that go along with our SLP theme include Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs; Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones; Machines at Work; and Trucks.  Check our catalog for all of his other available titles.

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Unfortunately, not much background information exists on Byron Barton, but The University of Minnesota libraries has several boxes of ink sketches for 8 of his books, which were published in the 1970s, and are housed in their special collections.  There are, however, several apps that are available to download that are based on the books Trains, Planes, Boats, and Trucks.  Produced by Oceanhouse Media, these apps make the stories truly interactive and are ideal for little fingers.

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