Society of
Children's Book Writers
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About Bethany Barton

Bethany Barton is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. Her 2015 book I’m Trying To Love Spiders (Viking/Penguin) garnered numerous awards and starred reviews, including the 2016 Children’s Choice Award 3rd/4th Grade Book of The Year. Her 2017 book Give Bees A Chance (Viking/Penguin) was a 2017 SCIBA Award finalist, was listed in Scripps National Spelling Bee “Great Words, Great Works,” and was featured in the New York Times. Her books have been translated into 3 languages. As well as illustrating her own stories, Barton has illustrated for other authors, including Todd Hasak-Lowy’s hilarious middle grade novel 33 Minutes (Simon & Schuster.) She is represented by Writers House LLC.

Bethany often spends several weeks of the year touring: doing school visits, speaking to authors and educators, painting colorful murals with students, and sharing her love of books and creativity with young readers at schools and libraries across the globe.

Bethany also has a busy career in the art, prop and set decoration departments for film & TV. Notable projects include ABC Networks The Muppets, The Middle, and `blackish, as well as movies like Bumblebee, and dozens of commercials. She has created artwork for high-profile clients such as Starbucks & Patagonia, and her art has been featured in gallery shows and installments around California.

Bethany lives in Los Angeles with her amazing husband and son, who are the best ever (no seriously, they’re the best!)


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