Ben Clanton - Author/Illustrator

Ben Clanton

Ben Clanton is a story scribbler, picture squiggler, book aficionado, child advocate, dragon tamer (he wishes!) and avid sock wearer (especially of the striped variety). He came to this planet in 1988 and has spent most of his time here reading, drawing, sleeping, gardening and eating chocolate.

Vote for Me! is Ben's first picture book and it has already garnered much acclaim. Donkey calls it “a real kick,” and Elephant thinks it is “the right book for just about anybody.” Ben is also the illustrator of the Jasper John Dooley series by Caroline Adderson.

Here are some other things you have always wanted to know about Benjamin David Clanton-Awesome:

His favorite sport is a toss up between quidditch, four square (he's the reigning champ) and basketball.

He majored in anthropology/dragon taming and minored in politics at Willamette University.

Ben is 8% unicorn, 17% dragon, 26% English and 100% American.

Ben once rode on the back of an elephant.

Ben has never ridden a donkey (much to every donkey's relief).

Ben once ate a dog biscuit. (It was disgusting.)

Ben loves to get stuff in the mail.

Ben is terrified of spiders --- so don't ever send him one.

He is a fan of wind-up robots, Legos and kids' drawings.

Ben lives on a big hill in the rainy city of Seattle, Washington, with his wife and puppy. (His puppy thinks dog biscuits are quite yummy.)

Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind

2015 - Best Bets Junior Fiction (Series), Ontario Library Association, Commended
2014 - Chocolate Lily Award Chapter Book Category, Short-listed
2013 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Jasper John Dooley: NOT in Love

2015 - Chocolate Lily Book Award, Chapter Book Category, Joint winner
2015 - Best Bets Junior Fiction (Series), Ontario Library Association, Commended
2014 - Best Children's Books of 2014, Kirkus Reviews, Winner
2014 - 2014 OLA Best Bet List for Children, OLA's Canadian Materials Committee, Winner

Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week

2015 - Best Bets Junior Fiction (Series), Ontario Library Association, Commended
2013 - Hackmatack's Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
2013 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2012 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

Jasper John Dooley: You're in Trouble

2015 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
2015 - Best Bets Junior Fiction (Series), Ontario Library Association, Commended