Hi, I'm Burt Kempner.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Philadelphia when I was four years old. I was not consulted in the matter. I knew from childhood that I wanted to be a writer. I love playing with words, coming up with new combinations and puzzles.
My first job was as a news reporter at a rock and roll radio station. I then learned television production and expanded into films. For 45 years I was a scriptwriter and sometimes producer. I specialized in documentary, environmental and non-profit programming, and my work appeared on PBS, Discovery, History, CNBC, European and Asian TV. I also co-wrote two produced feature films and four short films.
In 2014, I suddenly got the urge to write children’s books. I had composed quite a few for my son when he was small, and he delighted in them. My first published book was
- Larry the Lazy Blue Whale, followed by
- Monty the Movie Star Moose,
- The Five Fierce Tigers of Rosa Martinez,
- Maisha the Educated Elephant: A School of Animal Magic Adventure – Book 1,
- Dolphins in Distress: A School of Animal Magic Adventure – Book 2,
- The Salmon Who Wanted to Run: A School of Animal Adventure – Book 3, and
- The Purple Wave: A School of Animal Adventure – Book 4.
- One of Our Gorillas is Missing!: A School of Animal Adventure – Book 5.
*A special Thank You to Cal Howard for the beautiful illustration of Maisha.
What people say about my books...
Monty the Movie Star Moose – September 16, 2015
Larry the Lazy Blue Whale – June 20, 2015