Rick Walton: Mormon Author
Rick Walton is the author of more than 90 children’s books, many of them pcture books. He also writes riddle books, poetry, activity books, and mini mysteries. Many of his books are parodies.
Walton was born and raised in Utah. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish (with a minor in Portuguese) from Brigham Young University. He later pursued a graduate degree in business, but decided instead to become a teacher. He earned his teaching certification from BYU in 1987 and is certified to teach both elementary education and gifted and talented students. He has taught at both public and private schools. He later earned his master’s degree in English, with a creative writing emphasis, from BYU.
Walton collaborated with Nathan Hale in 2012 to produce Frankenstein and Frankenstein’s Fright Before Christmas. More of his recent titles include Horsing Around: Jokes to Make Ewe Smile, I Need My Own Country!, 10 Little Monsters Visit Oregon, Baby’s First Year, A Made Bed Is More Fun to Jump on and Other Family Laws, Where Is Elephant?, and Just Like Lion. He coauthored Familius Christmas Anthology: Just for Kids: Stories, Poems, Recipes, and Activities to Celebrate the Christmas Spirit, Road Tripping: A Parent’s Guide to Planning and Surviving the Annual Car Trip.
He pursued his interest in computers and worked as a software designer for IBM. He also worked as a freelance software designer and writer. He has published several items of software. He has worked also as a secretary and an arts administrator.
His wife, Ann, is a computer programmer and has co-authored many of his books. They are the parents of five children and live in Utah. Walton served a mission to Brazil for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which he is a member.