Chris Barton

What:  Chris Barton will discuss and sign his newest picture books for children.

When:  Wednesday, September 14, 5:00 pm

Where:  Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX  77079

Admission:  In order to go through the signing line and meet Chris Barton for book personalization, please purchase WHOOSH! from Blue Willow Bookshop. At the time of your purchase, we will issue a signing line ticket that indicates your place in line. Your book and signing line ticket can be picked up at the event.

About the Author:

Chris Barton is the author of picture books including bestseller SHARK VS. TRAIN, Sibert Honor-winning THE DAY-GLO BROTHERS, and THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH, a 2016-17 Texas Bluebonnet Master List book. His new books in 2016 include MIGHTY TRUCK, 88 INSTRUMENTS, and WHOOSH!: LONNIE JOHNSON’S SUPER-SOAKING STREAM OF INVENTIONS. He visits lots of schools and has eight more books on the way in 2017-18 and could probably use a nap. Chris and his wife, novelist Jennifer Ziegler, live in Austin, Texas, with their family. For more information about Chris, please visit

A limited number of autographed copies of this book will be available for purchase after the event. If you cannot attend the event, and would like a personalized copy of the book, please call us before the event at (281) 497-8675.

If you can't attend the event or need a copy shipped to you, you may call the store or add the appropriate book to your cart on our website. Payment type must be "CreditCard." In the order notes, add personalization details.

To place an international order, please email to obtain shipping details and to have items shipped to you. Staff will respond within 24-48 hours.


Event date: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Don Tate (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580892971
Availability: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Charlesbridge - May 3rd, 2016

Celebrate the inventor of the Super Soaker in this inspiring picture book biography about Lonnie Johnson, the maker behind one of the world's favorite toys.


88 Instruments Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Louis Thomas (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780553538144
Availability: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 16th, 2016

"The rhythmic, onomatopoeic text dances across exuberant watercolors with lots of movement. This celebration of a child’s agency in choosing a means of artistic expression strikes just the right note." --Kirkus 

"A delightful offering for reading aloud, especially during music-themed storytimes."
--School Library Journal

Mighty Truck Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Troy Cummings (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062344786
Availability: Special Order
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.