bethany bARTon is an artist, author, and illustrator, based in Los Angeles.
Bethany is the author/illustrator of numerous children's books including This Monster Needs a Haircut, and This Monster Cannot Wait, both published by Dial/Penguin.
Her 2016 book I’m Trying to Love Spiders was published by Penguin Random House, and has gone on to win numerous awards, including Children's Choice Awards 2016 Book of the Year. The follow up book Give Bees A Chance just hit book stores this spring.
As a member of the motion picture union IATSE Local 44, Bethany spends her days working in art, prop & set decoration departments for film & TV, on shows like The Muppets, ABC's The Middle, The Mindy Project, FX's You're The Worst, and Amazon's The Last Tycoon. She is also an accomplished miniatures fabricator, and general maker-of-things.
Bethany is represented by a dashing fellow named Stephen Barr at Writers House in NYC. Mr. Barr is an undefeated limbo/karaoke champion.
When Bethany and her husband, Production Designer Michael Barton, aren't working on films or commercials together, they're busy laughing, eating guacamole, and enjoying the heck out of their son Leo. Mission. Bethany's art and writing capture the thoughts and feelings we all share: equal parts whimsy and reality; humor & heartbreak, whiskey & robots.
Bethany makes art about being human and being honest. Her creations are an attempt to "say what everyone is thinking" - and in doing so help break down barriers... allowing people of every age to find commonalities; to connect; to identify with each other.
"I’m personally inspired by the things that all people have in common... by the thoughts and emotions we all share. When we draw attention to those things, we start to feel a kinship and a connection with other people. Like we’re all on the same team. It disarms us, helps us to break down our usual defense mechanisms and lets us enjoy just being a person with other people.
It’s my biggest compliment when someone says, “I’ve totally felt that way!” or “I’ve had that exact same thought!” That’s what I’m trying to do. To celebrate that we’re all the same in a lot of silly ways."
Bethany's work can be found in children's books, numerous films and television commercials, on the walls of restaurants and Starbucks, as well as in gallery shows and installments around California. You can follow more of Bethany's adventures via Twitter, Instagram, and even her oft-forgotten Facebook page. Awards & NominationsWins:
-2017 Children’s Choice Award 3rd-4th Grade Book of The Year
-Children’s Literature Association of Utah Informational Book Award 2017
-2016-2017 Maryland Association of Librarians Black-Eyed Susan Award
-2017 Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award (Grades k-3)
-2016-2017 North Carolina Children’s Book Award
-2018 Illinois School Library Media Association Monarch Book Award Nominee
-2016-2017 Connecticut Librarians Charter Oaks Children's Book Award
-Voted a “Best Book of 2015” by Orange County Librarians
-Junior Library Guild Selection
Want Bethany to visit your school? Library? Bookstore? Space station?
Bethany Barton does book readings, creative writing workshops for kids, and even picture book talks for adults -- both in person and via Skype. Click the contact button to reach out and learn more.
*DISCLAIMER* She might shoot you with a toilet paper gun :)