Author and humor columnist Burton W. Cole grew up on a small farm outside of Conneaut, Ohio, and attended a small-town church with a slew of cousins and buddies. That boyhood inspires his colorful and comical novels today about a collection of adventuresome kids and their crazy escapades on a farm in northeast Ohio.
His debut novel, Bash and the Pirate Pig (2013), was a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Selah Award for Best Children’s Book and Christian Retailing’s Best Award for Children’s Books, and was translated into Norwegian. Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper (2014) won the 2015 Selah Award as Best Novel for Middle Grade Readers, and the third book, Bash and the Chocolate Milk Cows (2015), became a popular choice in the LifeWay Christian Resources’ 2016 national summer R.E.A.D. program for kids.
“I love sharing the silliness and pure joy of the goofy stunts my siblings, cousins and I pulled growing up in the country, and how the discovery of God and His love was such a natural part of all those awesome adventures,” Cole said.
The series of “faith, fun and farm pranks” novels for tweens (and adults who haven’t quite grown up) is published by B&H Kids (LifeWay).
Cole is Features Editor at the Tribune Chronicle in Warren, Ohio. His award-winning humor column, “Burt’s Eye View,” has been appearing weekly in the Star Beacon, Ashtabula, Ohio for 24 years and in the Tribune Chronicle for 21 years. He has earned more than 50 writing awards, including a nomination for a Pulitzer Prize.
Cole also is a song leader at his church, a reformed runner, and an occasional trombone player. He and his wife, Terry, live outside of Garrettsville, Ohio.