Byron Barton Girl Called Al
I Want To Be an Astronaut Truck Song
Celebrating his birthday on September 8th, Byron Barton was born in Pawtuck, Rhode Island. Studying at the Chouinard Art Institute, his artwork was first employed in cartoon animation for CBS television. He then became interested in illustrating children's books. His first book was Constance Greene's A Girl Called Al in 1969, which focused attention on his spare line. Barton then began writing and illustrating his own books, many of which are nonfiction for very young children: I Want To Be an Astronaut, Machines at Work, and My Car. His version of The Three Bears was again acclaimed for spareness in storyline and illustration. Barton lives and works in New York City.

—VIcki Palmquist

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