Bruce Larkin

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Bruce Larkin
Bruce Larkin in Montana
Bruce Larkin in Montana
Born (1957-01-23) January 23, 1957 (age 65)
West Chester, Pennsylvania
OccupationAuthor, Poet
GenreChildren's literature

Bruce Larkin (born January 23, 1957) is a children's book author and poet who writes in English and Spanish. Many of his works are published by Wilbooks, an educational publishing company. Larkin's books are primarily used to teach young children how to read.[1] Larkin has published more than 5000 titles, both fiction and non-fiction, for beginner readers.[2] Bruce Larkin is known for his philanthropic efforts in the field of literacy. In November and December 2009, Larkin donated over 400,000 books to schools all around the United States.[1] Larkin was named the 2012 Children's Poet of the Year by the Literacy Empowerment Foundation.[3]

Larkin has an interest in the jackalope myth, and refers to himself as a "jackalopoligist" with a specialty in "flaggerdoots".[4]


Bruce Larkin, a children's book author and poet, was born on January 23, 1957, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He attended the Saint Simon and Jude school in Westtown Township, Pennsylvania. Larkin also attended Henderson High School in West Chester. Larkin served for four years in the United States Coast Guard, as a small boat crew member, and later as a search-and-rescue Air-crewman. After leaving the Coast Guard, Larkin attended The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, located in Galloway Township, New Jersey.

Larkin was a member of the Westtown-Goshen Rotary Club in West Chester.

AKA The Jackalope Man.[edit]


Title Synopsis Original publication year
At the Farm Introduces young children to common farm animals. 1999
In the Desert Helps children identify desert fauna. 1999
The Book Monkeys Exposes children to the inner-workings of book publishing. 1999
All About Snakes Gives children a first glimpse into the life of snakes. 1999
Introducing Arkansas Examines the state of Arkansas at a second-grade level. 2000
Acadia National Park Animals A book about the animals in Maine’s only national park. 2000
All Birds Have Feathers Helps children understand what makes birds different from other animals. 2000
Cape Cod Animals A book about the animals of the Cape Cod National Seashore. 2000
Birds of the Great Plains Identifies some of the common birds found on the Great Plains. 2001
Forest Animals A book about common animals in the forest. 2001
In the Jungle A book about jungle animals. 2001
Jesse the Silly Dog A whimsical story about a family pet. 2001
Lost Homework A rhyming book about telling the truth. 2002
Welcome to Pennsylvania A second-grade overview of the Keystone State. 2002
A Long Day Follows a child from waking up to bedtime. 2002
¿Quién Hizo Esto? The Spanish version of one of Bruce Larkin’s most popular books. 2002
The Book Monkeys See Snow Ghosts The Book Monkeys take a winter vacation. 2003
This is New Jersey A second-grade social studies book about the Garden State. 2003
Where is Liam's Frog? A rhyming book about a missing pet. 2003
Looking at Gray Squirrels A look at America’s favorite fluffy-tailed rodent. 2003
Marine Mammals Gives a general introduction to the world of marine mammals. 2004
Panda Bears Tells children about one of the world’s favorite animals. 2004
Montana Bed and Breakfast Tells early elementary school students about a bed and breakfast in Hungry Horse, Montana, which is close to Glacier National Park. 2004
Saguaro National Park Birds Examines avian life in Saguaro National Park. 2004
Zoo Animals Introduces common zoo animals to younger readers. 2005
Study Science at the Glacier Institute Details the operations of the Glacier Institute in Northwestern Montana. 2005
Bruce Larkin Goes to Alaska Allows children to follow Bruce Larkin, a children’s book author, on a research trip to Alaska. 2005
Kartchner Caverns Introduces the Kartchner Caverns State Park, a cave system in Arizona. 2006
Meet Billy Bowman Introduces Billy Bowman, the official mascot of the Glacier National Park Fund. 2006
Every Child Needs a Book Introduces young children to the volunteer activities of the East Bay Children's Book Project. 2006
Visit Billy Bowman Billy Bowman gives children some pointers on how to be responsible visitors to Glacier National Park. 2007
Big and Small Dinosaurs Illustrations help students visualize size differences between large and small dinosaurs. 2007
Badlands National Park Animals Images and descriptions of different animals that call Badlands National Park home. 2007
Carol is a Rotarian Introduces Carol, a Rotarian at the West Chester Downtown Rotary Club, and explains the many things she does as a Rotary Club member. 2008
Rotary Clubs Help People Explains what Rotary Clubs are, and how they help others around the world. 2008
The Lost Ladybug Project Describes a ladybug citizen scientist project. 2008
Comida de las Granjas Details different food products that come from farms in Spanish. 2009
Fútbol Explains different equipment used in soccer, the most popular sport in many Spanish-speaking countries. 2009
Funny Poetry for Kids Volume 1 A collection of humorous poems, written by Bruce and other poets. 2009
There's an Idiom in My Poem Describes idioms in the form of poems. 2010
The Apple Scrapple Festival Introduces the Apple Scrapple Festival, an annual food festival held in Bridgeville, Delaware. 2010
Living in the Arches Introduces readers to wildlife that lives in Arches National Park. 2010
Bryce Canyon Animals and Plants Tells children about plants and animals that live in Bryce Canyon National Park. 2011
Adapting to Death Valley Heat Explains to children how plants and animals adapt to life in Death Valley Desert. 2011
Everglades National Park Animals Introduces animals that make the Everglades National Park their home. 2011
Grand Canyon Day Introduces activities that visitors may do at Grand Canyon National Park, and things they may see while visiting. 2012
Olympic National Park Animals Tells elementary students about animals that live in Olympic National Park. 2012
Rocky Mountain Animals Introduces young readers to animals that live in Rocky Mountains National Park. 2012
Smoky Mountains Park Animals A book about animals that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 2013
Yellowstone Animals A book about animals you can see at Yellowstone National Park. 2013
Rare Yosemite Creatures A book about interesting animals you can see at Yosemite National Park. 2013
50 Facts About Jackalopes A book about Jackalopes and flaggerdoots. 2013
Mike's Parachute Book Description. 2014
Look at Three Book Description. 2014
Tommy Goes to the Beach Book Description. 2014
Pet Show Book Description. 2014
Bear Draws Food Book Description. 2014
Where Do They Live? Book Description. 2014
Lost Feathers Book Description. 2014
Animals in the Sky Book Description. 2014
Too Many Animals on a Raft Book Description. 2014
Mouse Makes Cookies Book Description. 2014
Six Different Ants Shows six kinds of ants. 2015
Maria Likes Farm Animals Maria visits a farm. 2015
Six Insects That Can Fly A book about flying insects 2016
I See One Insect Names some common insects. 2016
Butterflies, Moths, and Beetles Are Insects A look at six common insects. 2017
Ned Greets Some Farm Animals Ned has fun on a farm. 2017
Life in A Hot, Dry Place Examines plants and animals that live in a desert. 2018
Sarah at the Zoo A funny book about zookeepers. 2018
How Many Legs Do Insects Have? Shows that all insects have 6 legs. 2019
Animals That Live in The Ocean An introduction to marine life. 2019
People With Animals Volume 1 Shows humans and animals together. 2020
Jackalopes in Many Places Shows jackalopes in different locations. 2020
Do I See Ten Dinosaurs? A dinosaur counting book. 2021
Ned Sees  An Orange Machine Ned learns about common machines. 2021
Big Machines A book about large machines. 2021


  1. ^ a b "Daily Local News article on Bruce Larkin" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  2. ^ "Literacy Heroes Breakfast: Our Heroes". Archived from the original on 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  3. ^ Literacy Empowerment Foundation Children's Poet of the Year Archived May 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Jackalope Research Institute". Jackalope Research Institute. Retrieved 2014-04-22.

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