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🎧 The Reader's Heart | Guest: Chris Barton


Chris Barton is a gem, y'all. Even though we have never met, chatting with him for this week's episode felt like hanging out with an old friend. I loved learning about Chris' research process, his love of Judy Blume, our shared childhood obsession with Mad Magazine and the way that he uses his own childhood trauma to inform the way he creates books for young people. Chris is already the author of 24 (!) books for kids, but hopes to quadruple that number - a goal I am 100% here for! Chris has written so many incredible books, but All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing is a personal favorite. I'm so glad we got to talk a bit about that book along with some of the reasons why kids love nonfiction. I'm excited for you to hear our conversation! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.



  • GUEST: Chris Barton

Book Cover: Glitter Everywhere!

Chris Barton is the author of picture books including bestseller Shark vs. Train, Sibert Honor-winning The Day-Glo Brothers, and Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, included on 21 state lists. His newest books include Glitter Everywhere! Where It Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s Going (2023) and Moving Forward (an SLJ Best Book of 2022). Other recent titles include How to Make a Book (About My Dog) and Fire Truck vs. Dragon. Chris and wife Jennifer Ziegler, author of Worser, live in Austin and co-host the children’s literature video series “This One’s Dedicated to…”



Please enjoy a special discount of 20% off the titles mentioned in this episode (or others of your choice) by visiting Bookelicious and using the code JENNIFERLAGARDE. Note: I do not make any money from the sales, but I am delighted that you get to save some!

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Rooted in the belief that our world needs the magic of children’s literature now more than ever, the Reader’s Heart podcast captures conversations with authors and illustrators about children's literature as a vehicle for empathy and joy in a dark world. I'm so excited about this project and it's my wish that it brings you as much light and hope as it has brought me.

Special thanks to Corinna Luyken for creating the beautiful illustration that will serve as the show's logo. I've always found Corinna's art so moving and she perfectly captured the spirit of what I am trying to do, which is to put warmth and love into the world during a time when so many are working to limit kids' access to the warmth and love inherent in children's literature. (Also, don't forget, you can use the discount above to buy Corinna's books from Bookelicious, too!)

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