The first time I saw Chris Barton’s book was at the Texas Librarian’s Association annual conference in 2009. I had spoken and done a signing for my book, No Bows! I was signing at Pat Anderson’s booth, Overlooked Books, when Chris strolled up in a Day-Glo bright tee shirt proclaiming, “Ask me why I’m wearing this shirt.”
Chris’ book wasn’t out to the public yet. He carried a copy around and was showing people. I took a look and at first glance knew I liked the book and wanted to blog about it. We chatted a few minutes and I told him I’d like to discuss it on my blog. I love Charlesbridge nonfiction and have blogged about many of their other books in the past.
Now his fascinating tale of two brothers inventing a new color after mutiple setbacks in their lives is again front and center as the Cybil’s NF picture book winner. With original research and clear, concise narrative, this book is something special.
Congratulations to Chris Barton.
Visit Chris’ blog to see more.
Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog, Cynsations, has lots more information about Chris and his book.
This post is a bit early and will take the place of this Wednesday’s post this week.