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.
To learn more about the books and how to order them, please visit the My Books page. Or read and listen to my interviews to discover more about me and my books.
You can also contact me directly if you have further questions.
*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