Posts Tagged With: Arkansas Author

Author Visits For Schools And How to Approach The Reluctant Reader Creature

When it comes to school visits, I like to do things a little different. If you look at the picture below, which was taken  at Fulbright Junior High in Bentonville, Arkansas, you will notice some things are missing.

A Stage. A Microphone. A Huge Assembly of Students.

While working with small groups, 100 or less, requires me to repeat the same session 3-5 times each author visit, it’s worth the extra effort. I connect with students more effectively in this manner, allowing direct interaction. Kids are much less intimidated by their fellow students in small groups, allowing them to ask questions freely and join discussions. It gives kids the feeling of being included in the process instead of simply watching a show up on the stage.



Thinking back on my memories of being a young reluctant reader, I must warn you about something. There are certain students who require a different approach.

Some reluctant readers are mysterious creatures. Approach carefully, stealthily, or they will dash to the door!

I was one of those.

My only advice would be this. Do not come at them with books in your hands, offering something to read. This is the equivalent of Superman’s kryptonite. They will immediately make a speedy exit or simply push away each book you offer. Instead, pull out your bag of tricks and get your reluctant readers to help you. Kids want to feel important and be treated like adults. Give them that opportunity by asking for their advice. The next time you need to buy a gift for your niece/nephew/child, find one of your reluctant readers and ask what is one of their favorite movies or games for the purpose of choosing a gift for your family member. Use that information to search for a related book and then ask for their advice again, saying you would like to give your friend/family member a book as part of the gift. Since the reluctant reader suggested the movie or game, ask if they would read some of the book and give their opinion on your choice. It sounds like a lot of work but this is how you can help young students discover their specific combination of story requirements that may ultimately get them hooked on reading. At the very least, you have directly involved them in the process of choosing a book and made them feel important.


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James Babb to Speak at the Arkansas EMT Parade of Lights, EMS Week, Hall of Fame Event

Arkansas author James Babb will be speaking at an event in Little Rock, Arkansas. Come to the Capitol building on May 23rd and show your support for an amazing group of professionals!


2018 Parade of Lights EMS Rally Program Agenda

Click the link below to download the Program Agenda

2018 Parade of Lights EMS Rally Program Agenda

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Working Like A Dog On The Next Book!


Dogs hold a special place in our hearts. As you can see, our dogs love being in the water!

While researching my other books for reluctant readers (The Devil’s Backbone series) I came across the true story of an amazing dog from Arkansas. In an old book, I found a Civil War soldier’s account of this dog’s life. The story was short but contained just enough information to send me into a researching frenzy. It didn’t take long to realize the soldiers who found the dog had an important story that needed to be told too.

I’ve started writing this tale inspired by a true story and sincerely hope I can produce the quality and realism it deserves.

Wish me luck!

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Foreman School Visit

James visited Foreman recently and was delighted with how excited the students were about his books. It was a school visit that he will not forget. James was invited to eat with a few of the leaders of the reading counts program and enjoyed the meal and discussions.

“Foreman was great to me and I want to thank them for everything.” Lunch with the Author - Foreman

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Free School Visit? The Devil’s Den Treasure Hunt Update

The Hunt Has Started!

The Devil’s Den book has been released and the treasure hunt has started. Many of the items inside have been listed on this website and one of them has created much interest, a FREE school visit.  If the person who finds the treasure is a student, James will visit their school for free. If the finder is not a student, then James will visit an Arkansas school of their choice.

While hunting for the treasure, you will not need to trespass on anyone’s personal property and you will not need to dig. No Digging.

Good Luck!

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Fort Smith Treasure Hunt – The Devil’s Den


This is one of the items in Todd’s Treasure Box. It’s a haversack that Brody used in the books! Inside this haversack you will find all sorts of neat things.

Brody and Todd hid the treasure box in 1881 and it was never found. It’s hidden in Fort Smith and if you are the first to find it, you can keep Todd’s Treasures! You can use clues in this series of books to get you there. The Devil’s Den will be released September 2017! Get your treasure hunting brain ready.

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The Devil’s Den James Babb Preorders

Hot off the press! Advance copies of James Babb’s newest installment in The Devil’s Backbone series! Fans of Brody and Ames don’t have to wait much longer! You can place prepublication orders at


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The Devil’s Backbone Wins Arkansas Historical Association Award

James Babb and his historical fiction novel The Devil’s Backbone has won a few awards this year including The Arkansas Historical Association Susannah DeBlack Award.- Given for best book in Arkansas history for young readers.

He enjoyed meeting the DeBlack family at the conference and was honored to receive the award.


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Trip to NYC And The Devil’s Backbone Wins Indie Award

New York City was awesome!


The streets were crowded but everyone was NICE


And getting awards for The Devil’s Backbone and The Devil’s Trap was the best feeling in the world!

James NGIndie book Award

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Arkansas Author Writes Stranger Than Fiction 1800’s Serial Killer

After I had written my second historical fiction novel, which included the story of a wild man in Indian Territory-1880’s, I sent my novel to my editor.

His reply was, ‘I love it, but I want you to expand more on your wild man character.” So I did, which also led me to do more research on serial killers during this time period. What did I find?

After a ton of research, I found a true story of  ‘The Panther’ and was amazed how close true-life matched the fictional story I had written in The Devil’s Trap. I adapted the amazing true story of The Osage Killer into my novel.

Here’s the links to articles about the Indian Territory Serial Killer.

A Great Blog About The Killer

Newspaper Link

Another Newspaper Link The Osage Killer

Probably The Most Detailed Article

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