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Chris Barton
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Author of 2016's Whoosh! Also wrote Shark Vs. Train, The Day-Glo Brothers & The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch. Jennifer Ziegler's #1 fan.
Author of 2016's Whoosh! Also wrote Shark Vs. Train, The Day-Glo Brothers & The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch. Jennifer Ziegler's #1 fan.

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As a friend pointed out to me, K.T. Horning literally wrote the book on reviewing children’s literature. So her review of The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch for the Reading While White blog would have meant a lot to me no matter what.

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This graphic highlighting political achievements by African American men during Reconstruction is from an upcoming presentation that I’ll be giving about my new book, The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, and I thought a wider audience might appreciate it.

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In fall 2006, I started working on a pair of picture books. Next week marks five years since the publication of the first one, Shark Vs. Train. Next week is also when the other, The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (illustrated by +Don Tate), will finally see the light of day.

In this month's edition of my newsletter, I answer several thoughtful questions that the staff at +BookPeople asked me about the book, and I let folks know how they might go about winning a copy. Have a look!

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I could not ask for a better summation of why Reconstruction is such an important era in U.S. history than this three-minute video published today by Facing History and Ourselves​. I hope you’ll watch it and be inspired to learn more.

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Among the ten titles featured -- with ample notes on mentor text possibilities -- is my upcoming nonfiction picture book, The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch:

"The back matter in this book is plentiful.  It includes a two-page timeline of John Roy Lunch’s life and the state and national events that took place during his lifetime.  Also included are an author’s note, illustrator’s note, historical note, maps, and a bibliography for further reading.  If your students are writing biographies, or doing any kind of informational writing which might benefit from back matter, study The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch."

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There’s been lots published this weekend about the 100th anniversary of D. W. Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation — about how its technical greatness and unprecedented box-office success were at least matched and arguably surpassed by the vileness of its racist depictions of African Americans.

John Roy Lynch tried 102 years ago to set the record straight about Reconstruction. +Don Tate and I are still trying.

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I love +Matthew Winner's podcast to pieces, and I'm so honored to be the guest on his latest episode. If books for young readers play any significant role in your life, there's a good chance you'll love the conversations Matthew has with the creators of those books.

"Chris Barton (@Bartography), author of The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (@eerdmansbooks), Shark vs. Train, and The Day-Glo Brothers, stops by to talk about board book-chewing enthusiasts, the 150th anniversary of the Reconstruction, and looking for moments in a story where the light can shine through."

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The back matter for The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch includes a historical note, a two-page timeline, my author’s note, Don Tate’s illustrator’s note, suggestions for further reading, and a couple of maps.
With all that Eerdmans Books for Young Readers did squeeze into those final pages, it’s not surprising that there wasn’t room for us to include a bibliography of the sources I consulted for the book. So, I’m presenting them here (along with a shout-out for Douglas R. Egerton’s 2014 book The Wars of Reconstruction, which came out after my text was finished but which I’m currently reading and finding fascinating):

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Don’s been my friend for many years, but I learned a lot about him from his interview with Jules over at 7-Imp, and now I like him better than ever.

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How my newly announced picture book 88 INSTRUMENTS -- to be illustrated by Louis Thomas -- came together so (relatively) fast.
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