Corvallis, Oregon-based author of nearly 250 (and counting!) young people's nonfiction books. Multi-genre freelance editor. Leading contributor to the Nonfiction Minute (, free daily service for educators worldwide with millions of page views in its five-year history.

Award-winning magazine publisher. Middle school running coach. Workshop presenter. Sportswriter. Light versifier. E-commerce and e-book writer. Teacher.

Runner. World Traveler. Sailor. Photographer. Actor. Patron of the Arts. Hometown Hero. And of course Voracious Reader.

Bottom line: I offer a unique and wide-ranging array of experiences that inform and enhance my acclaimed author visits. I'm a high-energy guy who offers up to 8 lively, entertaining, and informative presentations during the day. I especially love turning kids onto nonfiction! And my multi-genre craft presentations draw on my wide-ranging publishing background.

Please browse through my site to learn more about what I offer your students.

  • The list of my titles. My subjects range from A(ntarctica) to Z(oology), and include saints and scientists, castles and composers, painters and presidents, athletes and adventurers, the Revolutionary War and New England Patriots, and many more. You're sure to find something you like!
  • My presentations.
  • What reviewers say about my body of work.
  • Testimonials.
  • My biography and background.
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It always amazes me the things you find that need changing and that’s after my story goes through the process of critiquing with my weekly group.

- Ken Norton, novelist

Thank you for coming. It was great! I liked it when you were talking about how to be a writer. You were a great storyteller. I hope you come again.

– Dakota, student

I really liked your books. I would of bought 1,000,000 books if I could. You are the nicest author I ever met. Everybody liked you and I really hope you can come again. You have a big heart.

– Rachel, student

Mr. Whiting’s visit was a highlight of my students’ 5th grade year and a day I’m sure they will never forget. I am making plans to have him return next year.

-Sherry E., teacher

This book will pique the imagination of young readers who may discover the secret of this mystery. This is an excellent resource to introduce a mystery that cannot be observed.

- National Science Teachers Association