Chris Barton: What Do You Do With a Voice Like That?

Even as a child growing up in the Fifth Ward of Houston, Texas, Barbara Jordan stood out for her big, bold, booming, crisp, clear, confident voice. It was a voice that made people sit up, stand up, and take notice.

So what do you do with a voice like that?

Barbara took her voice to places few African American women had been in the 1960s: first law school, then the Texas state senate, then up to the United States congress. Throughout her career, she persevered through adversity to give voice to the voiceless and to fight for civil rights, equality, and justice.

New York Times bestselling author Chris Barton and Caldecott Honoree Ekua Holmes deliver a remarkable picture book biography about a woman whose struggles and mission continue to inspire today.

 

About the Author

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 18 state reading lists. 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. Chris and his wife, YA/middle-grade novelist Jennifer Ziegler, live in Austin, Texas, where Chris has advocated for greater diversity in children's literature by cofounding the Modern First Library program with BookPeople. For more information about him, please visit www.chrisbarton.info.

Come and see Chris Barton at the Brain Lair Bookstore

Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 3:30 pm (subject to change due to travel)

Event date: 

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Event address: 

714 E Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, IN 46617
What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481465618
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 25th, 2018

“When Barbara Jordan talked, we listened.” —Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton

Congresswoman Barbara Jordan had a big, bold, confident voice—and she knew how to use it!


Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781580892971
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charlesbridge - May 3rd, 2016

A cool idea with a big splash
 
You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy.
 


The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802853790
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2015

A unique biography of a remarkable Reconstruction figure


Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Victo Ngai (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781512410143
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Millbrook Press - September 1st, 2017

During World War I, British and American ships were painted with bold colors and crazy patterns from bow to stern. Why would anyone put such eye-catching designs on ships?


The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Cathy Gendron (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781467721516
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Published: Millbrook Press - September 1st, 2015

Every December, The Nutcracker comes to life in theaters all across the United States. But how did this 19th-century Russian ballet become such a big part of the holidays in 21st-century America?


Shark vs. Train Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316007627
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2010

Shark VS. Train WHO WILL WIN?


Mighty Truck Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Troy Cummings (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062344786
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - March 29th, 2016

Meet Clarence, a rickety old truck who goes from average to awesome when an unexpected trip through a mysterious truck wash transforms him.