© Author Adventures

Texas A&M University-Commerce features the library of children’s author Bill Martin, Jr. Think about your preschool days and you may remember some of his books, like Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Polar Bear, Polar Bear.

Call ahead to view this collection of original manuscripts and sketches. Otherwise, you can see his books in action at pretty much any public library or bookstore, especially if they offer storyhours.

Bill Martin, Jr.’s books were relied upon by teachers, children’s librarians, and all kinds of care givers of children from the day they hit the shelves. I remember designing entire storyhour themes around his books, a practice handed down from one generation of librarians to another.

His books have also been featured on television series geared toward young children. My favorite was an episode of Storytime (PBS) where the author made a guest appearance and read his book, The Ghost-Eye Tree, which was co-authored by John Archambault.

Try writing a scary story or adventure about conquering fear through courage, and you will be following in the footsteps of one of America’s best-loved children’s book authors.

This is the final stop on Part Two of our Texas Trail!

Patricia Smart