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1916 -2004

Biography Bill Martin
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Excerpt from the Kansas Reading Associationwebsite...."Bill Martin, Jr. is a beloved native of Kansas. Born in 1916, Bill grew up in Hiawatha and struggled learning to reading. He could read words but could not construct meaning. Coming from a family with rich oral storytelling skills, Bill learned to love stories and understood the importance of language in conveying meaning. One of the first positive experiences Bill had with reading and books was in fifth grade when his teacher read aloud twice a day. Bill felt that she was reading through the voice of the book, making the characters come alive. Because of this experience, as well as his own struggles, Bill became an advocate for creating books that have a strong voice. His books are full of rhyme, rhythm, and musical language. Each book is unique with dynamic word choice and image-building language. Descriptive adjectives and adverbs keep his books a rocking, prancing, and wriggling across the pages. Bill has written or co-written over 300 books. Bill says, “I don't write books, I talk them. I need to hear what I have to say.”

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Books written by Bill Martin Jr.



Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?



Barn Dance
Barn Dance




Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?



Chicka Chicka 1 2 3
Chicka Chicka 1 2 3



Here Are My Hands
Here Are My Hands




Listen to the Rain
Listen to the Rain



Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?




Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?



The Ghost-Eye Tree
The Ghost-Eye Tree



Up and Down on the Merry-Go-Round
Up and Down on the Merry-Go-Round



White Dynamite and Curly Kidd
White Dynamite and Curly Kidd