Chris Barton's presentations and author visits

I love getting to meet young readers — and older readers, too! I'm available for professional conferences, school and library visits, homeschooler workshops, museum and summer camp appearances, and book festivals. For more information, see http://chrisbarton.info/visits.html
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"Jennifer Ziegler & Chris Barton (aka the cutest couple in the book biz) BOTH have holiday-themed books out this year! Ziegler’s chapter book is full of high-energy triplet hijinks and plenty of charm. Barton’s new picture book tells the story of how we came to know and love the classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker here in the States."

"Jennifer Ziegler & Chris Barton (aka the cutest couple in the book biz) BOTH have holiday-themed books out this year! Ziegler’s chapter book is full of high-energy triplet hijinks and plenty of charm. Barton’s new picture book tells the story of how we came to know and love the classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker here in the States."

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"I had the good fortune of meeting Chris while at NCTE this November.  After running into him on numerous occasions, I can tell you I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with him.  I'm looking forward to reading and sharing all of his books with you and with my readers."

"I had the good fortune of meeting Chris while at NCTE this November. After running into him on numerous occasions, I can tell you I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with him. I'm looking forward to reading and sharing all of his books with you and with my readers."

"Award winning, best selling author Chris Barton visited our students at Grace Lutheran on Friday, December 10th. Mr Barton shared with the children his knowledge of a writing career. He told them it took 8 years to get his first book published, but now he has some new ones coming out. Some of the children were able to have him sign their books. This is such an exciting opportunity to have a real author sign a book and have it on your bookshelf."

"Award winning, best selling author Chris Barton visited our students at Grace Lutheran on Friday, December 10th. Mr Barton shared with the children his knowledge of a writing career. He told them it took 8 years to get his first book published, but now he has some new ones coming out. Some of the children were able to have him sign their books. This is such an exciting opportunity to have a real author sign a book and have it on your bookshelf."

In the gym at Westfield, I presented to an audience containing around 700 kids grades 1-6 — my single biggest school-visit audience ever.

In the gym at Westfield, I presented to an audience containing around 700 kids grades 1-6 — my single biggest school-visit audience ever.

On this trip, in between my reading of ‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to America and my discussion of how I did my research, I began showing a 1938 clip of two of the Christensen brothers dancing in Filling Station. That visual made for a great addition to my presentation. At Westfield, one of the kids exclaimed, “That’s ballet?” — a perfect response.

On this trip, in between my reading of ‘The Nutcracker’ Comes to America and my discussion of how I did my research, I began showing a 1938 clip of two of the Christensen brothers dancing in Filling Station. That visual made for a great addition to my presentation. At Westfield, one of the kids exclaimed, “That’s ballet?” — a perfect response.

Afterwards, I had lunch with three of my writer friends who happen to live near the school: Christine Hayes (Mothman’s Curse), Heidi Lewis (I can’t wait for you to read her nonfiction), and Amy Finnegan (Not in the Script).

Afterwards, I had lunch with three of my writer friends who happen to live near the school: Christine Hayes (Mothman’s Curse), Heidi Lewis (I can’t wait for you to read her nonfiction), and Amy Finnegan (Not in the Script).

After my reading, I met Mr. C’s daughter and got a family photo with three generations of Christensens.

After my reading, I met Mr. C’s daughter and got a family photo with three generations of Christensens.

From left to right, Gay Cookson, director of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums; Adam Sklute, artistic director of Ballet West; Utah First Lady Jeanette Herbert; Utah Governor Gary Herbert; Scott Altman, executive director of Ballet West; and me

From left to right, Gay Cookson, director of the Utah Division of Arts and Museums; Adam Sklute, artistic director of Ballet West; Utah First Lady Jeanette Herbert; Utah Governor Gary Herbert; Scott Altman, executive director of Ballet West; and me

"Chris Barton, author of The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition, writes a note to a reader."

"Chris Barton, author of The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition, writes a note to a reader."

"Already this week, we had Austin author, Chris Barton, come to visit our PK, K and 1st grade classes. He shared his latest book, Mighty Truck, as well as his writing process. He suggested the best way to begin writing is to think about things we love, things we know, and things we want to learn. He also told them to never be afraid to rewrite and/or change ideas as you write. Hopefully he has inspired some of our young authors to get writing!"

"Already this week, we had Austin author, Chris Barton, come to visit our PK, K and 1st grade classes. He shared his latest book, Mighty Truck, as well as his writing process. He suggested the best way to begin writing is to think about things we love, things we know, and things we want to learn. He also told them to never be afraid to rewrite and/or change ideas as you write. Hopefully he has inspired some of our young authors to get writing!"

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