I believe all Writers are brave. They are risk takers. They are hard workers! I respect and admire writers… and I especially love and respect writers for young people — the ones who write the books that young people hold to their hearts, and either cry at the endings, or laugh all the way through them! Yes, the ones whose books kids will hunt for, long and hard, because of the one they just read.
Brave writers that are good writers make me wish I were a writer. This one brave, good, hardworking writer that I want to tell you about is also a generous writer. He has inspired so many other writer-wannabes, and he has mentored them and cheered them on to their own published books and careers as writers for young people. My friend, the brave, good, generous writer, has done that for more writers than I even know about… more than I can count. I do, however, count this writer as my friend, and I know that I’m not the only one who does.
Meet Rick Walton. Read his books… and better yet, enjoy them with a child, or your children, or your classroom full of children. Rick is a genius… clever in word play, generous in friendship, caring in his regard for this earth and the people who love and care for it, too. Rick is kind… and good… and hard working. And brave.
Learn about how Rick Walton became a writer for children. Be sure to read the paragraph you will find on the left-hand side of the screen!
See how funny Rick Walton is. Really, besides reading his books, you should read every part of his website at http://Rickwalton.com. Each time I look at his website, I find a different section that makes me laugh out loud! My favorite section – because I teach elementary language arts methods courses — is his section on word play — and all of his amazing word lists! (Rick is my idea of the perfect language arts teacher!)
Rick is bravely facing big trials and hard things. I’m not a writer… but as a lover of writers, this is my shout-out to one of the bravest of them all! Rick Walton — you are loved!
Submitted by Nancy Peterson, Professor, UVU School of Education. Nancy teaches at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT, and is Co-Chair of UVU’s Forum on Engaged Reading.