Selected Books

American History
The 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School, told through eyewitness accounts and contemporary photographs.
The story of the battle in the context of the Texas Revolution, told through eyewitness accounts and powerful historical images.
The compelling story of the battle told though eyewitness accounts and striking historical images.
Narrative Nonfiction
The story of two brilliant artists whose lifelong conflict jumpstarted the Renaissance in Quattrocento Florence.
Poetry
Biography
The inspiring story of a Hall of Famer who rose from poverty in Puerto Rico to set new standards of excellence and integrity on and off the field.
Biographical profiles of thirteen Native Americans who led their people on the spiritual path in the face of foreign invasion and cultural pressure.
The amazing story of the world-famous angel artist, illustrated with full-color reproductions of his inspiring art.
Folklore
Rambunctious, rollicking, rootin' tootin' retellings of nine American tall tales.
GINORMOUS retellings of world folktales about giants.
Teeny weeny retellings of world folktales about little people.
Fiction
A coming-of-age novel set in the world of high school theater.
A first-place Little League team starts losing when their star player's bat mysteriously disappears.

Hi. I’m Paul Robert Walker, and I have written more than thirty published books on subjects from the Italian Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and the American West to folklore, baseball, and miracles. I've written some books for adults, some for younger readers, some for any readers, and I have walked both sides of the fine line between fiction and nonfiction.

People sometimes ask me why I have written on such a variety of subjects for different age groups, and the simple answer is that I am one of the fortunate few to make a living as an author, and one book often leads to another. The deeper answer is that every book is a journey into story, and every story has power.

Two Danish Storytellers
My first memories of storytelling are from my mother, the daughter of Danish immigrants, who told me how her father, Paul Hoff Kunst—a writer, editor, and storyteller who was knighted by the King of Denmark—made her cry by telling her "The Little Matchgirl" by Hans Christian Andersen. I thought then, as I still think now, that a story that could make my mother cry must be very powerful.

I invite you to explore my books and the stories they tell. Some might make you cry, others might make you laugh, but I hope that all of them show you something about our world and the people in it, maybe even something about yourself.

Good reading!

Paul Robert Walker was born in Oak Park, Illinois — just like Ernest Hemingway, only later. He studied acting at Boston University School of Fine Arts and graduated magna cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa in Anglo-American literature from Occidental College. A former high school English teacher, journalist, and rock musician, Walker has been honored by the American Library Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the Children’s Book Council, the American Folklore Society, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Arkansas Library Association, School Library Journal, and Storytelling World. Mr. Walker is a member of the Authors Guild, American Mensa, and the Epilepsy Foundation. He lives in Escondido, California.

For more biographical information, click Author Bio.


Author photos by Debbie Stockton (upper left) and Dariel Walker (center right).