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Jan 7, 2023

Chris Barton and Alton Yates in conversation with local educator TiLena Robinson discussing Chris's book Moving Forward, a nonfiction children's book about Alton's roles in Space Age military experiments and in Jacksonville's 1960 civil rights sit-ins that culminated in Ax Handle Saturday. 

Chris Barton is the author of picture books including bestseller Shark vs. Train, Fire Truck vs. Dragon, Sibert Honor-winning The Day-Glo Brothers, and Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, which has been included on 21 state reading lists. His new books in 2021 and 2022 include How to Make a Book (About My Dog) and Moving Forward: From Space-Age Rides to Civil Rights Sit-Ins with Airman Alton Yates. Chris and his wife, YA/middle-grade novelist Jennifer Ziegler, live in Austin, Texas, and co-host the children’s literature video series “This One’s Dedicated to…”

Interviewer TiLena Robinson worked as a middle and high school social studies teacher with Duval County Public Schools for nine years before becoming a Secondary Social Studies Specialist with the school district in October 2015. She transitioned into her current role as a Regional Social Studies Specialist for high school in October 2021 and continues to work with administrators, teachers and students to carry out the vision and mission of Duval County Public Schools. She is a member of DCPS’s African American History Task Force and works to bring equity, inclusion, and diversity to education by working with teachers to implement the teaching of Africa and its’ peoples and the contributions of African Americans into high school social studies. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Reading, and a certification in Educational Leadership.

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