Chris Barton is the author of picture books including bestseller Shark Vs. Train and Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List titles Whoosh! and The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch. His newest books include Dazzle Ships, the Mighty Truck early-reader series, and What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?:The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. His picture book biography of this greatly missed Texas hero, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, has been included on the 2019 lists of Notable Books for a Global Society and Orbis Pictus Recommended Books.
Chris and his wife, YA/middle-grade novelist Jennifer Ziegler, live in Austin, where Chris has advocated for greater diversity in children’s literature by cofounding the Modern First Library program with independent bookseller BookPeople.