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Bethany Barton
American author and illustrator

Bethany Barton

Bethany Barton
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Intro American author and illustrator
Is Illustrator Author
From United States of America
Field Arts Creativity Literature
Gender female
Birth 1982, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Age 40 years
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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 4 languages. Her newest book, I'm Trying to Love Math, was named an Amazon Best Book of 2019 Her newest in the series, I’m Trying To Love Rocks (Viking/Penguin), will hit stores in June of 2020.

As well as illustrating her own stories, Barton has illustrated for other authors, including Todd Hasak-Lowy’s middle grade novel 33 Minutes (Simon & Schuster.) She often spends several weeks of the year touring; doing school visits, speaking to authors and educators, and sharing her stories and creativity with young readers at schools and libraries across the globe.

Bethany Barton also has a busy career in the art, prop, and set decoration departments for film & TV. Notable projects include ABC Network's The Muppets, The Middle, Westworld and `black-ish, as well as movies like Bumblebee, and dozens of commercials. She is represented by Writers House LLC.


  • I'm Trying To Love Rocks, 2020, Viking/Penguin
  • I'm Trying To Love Math, 2019, Viking/Penguin
  • Give Bees A Chance, 2017, Viking/Penguin
  • I'm Trying To Love Spiders, 2015, Viking/Penguin
  • 33 Minutes, 2013, by Todd Hasak-Lowy, illust. Bethany Barton, ISBN 1442445009
  • This Monster Needs A Haircut, 2012, Dial Books For Young Readers (Penguin), ISBN 0803737335
  • This Monster Cannot Wait, 2013, Dial Books For Young Readers (Penguin), ISBN 0803737793


  • 2016 Children's Choice Awards 3rd/4th Grade Book of the Year
  • 2017 Beehive Book Award (Children's Literature Association of Utah)
  • 2016-2017 Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland Association of School Librarians)
  • 2017 Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Kentucky Association of School Librarians)
  • 2018 Surrey Schools Narrative Non-Fiction Book of The Year (British Columbia)
  • Amazon Best Book of 2020


  • SCIBA (Southern California Independent Booksellers Association) 2017 Book Award Finalist
  • 2017-2018 South Carolina Picture Book Award
  • 2016-2017 Charter Oak Children's Book Award
  • 2017 Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award
  • 2017-2018 North Carolina Children’s Book Award
  • 2017-2018 Show Me Readers Award (Missouri Association of School Librarians)
  • 2018 Monarch Award (Illinois School Library Media Association)
  • 2018 Garden State Book Award
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 16 Aug 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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