Bill Martin Jr eBooks
A prolific children’s book author, Bill Martin, Jr. was born in Kansas in 1916. He also worked as an educator and publisher, and devoted his life to advancing child literacy.
Martin was keenly aware of the importance of literacy. He was unable to read until he went to college, but had loved listening to stories his whole life. He was drawn to the voice of the text itself, and used this idea as the basis for much of his work.
As an author, Martin was committed to making his books sound good when read aloud. He also worked closely with the illustrators, ensuring that the books would be appealing to children. His books featured some of the best known illustrators of the time, including Eric Carle.
Martin’s first book, The Little Squeegy Bug, earned him high praise from critics and educators, including Eleanor Roosevelt. After The Little Squeegy Bug’s publication in 1945, Martin wrote over 300 additional children’s books. These included Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Ten Little Caterpillars.
In 1961, Martin left publishing after six years, during which time he’d developed reading programs for children at Holt, Rinehart and Winston. He worked as a full-time author and educational consultant before and after moving to Texas in 1993. Martin continued to write up until his death in 2004, with additional books published posthumously.