The thing that seems to really capture readers' imagination about the story of Bob and Joe Switzer, told in Chris Barton's The Day-Glo Brothers, is the accessibility—these are two regular American guys who invented something that had a big impact on a lot of lives. No wonder the book, published by Charlesbridge, went on to garner a Sibert Honor from the American Library Association and be named to several best-of-the-year lists.
Chris and Charlesbridge are looking to tap into the same feeling with Chris's new work in progress, just signed by Yolanda Scott: John Dobson Is Part of the Sky looks at the life of a defense-worker-turned-monk-turned-astronomer who feels astronomy should be accessible to all people, and who thrives on the awe he sees in the faces of those who look through his Dobsonian telescopes, made from cast-off materials. Anybody can make one of these telescopes; anybody can see what's out there in space, up close, for themselves. And soon, anybody can read John Dobson's story, too.