Adam B. Ford is a writer and snowboard instructor living in central Vermont with his dog Bulo. He is a lifelong ultimate Frisbee player and in non-pandemic times, he runs zipline tours! He’s published six children’s picture books for ages two to twelve and one middle-grade adventure novel.
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Adam B. Ford has to use his middle initial because there are other Adam Fords out there writing other things. Adam started his writing career with a screenplay which has been re-written a couple of times but never quite got to where it needed to be. The first children’s book he wrote was Stinkalope Tex and his Stomp-n-glo Boots, a silly rhyming adventure involving lots of stink. He’s written three more tales about Stinkalope Tex since then, none of which have been published.
In 2012, Adam published his first book, The Six Sisters and Their Flying Carpets, which was written in 2008. It’s a magical anti-fairy tale about the power of family and resiliance in the face of a mean prince who takes all of the sisters’ carpets away (boo!). Following that, in 2013, Adam wrote and published Jam-Bo, Litta-Girl, and the Bullies, a story of two brainy kids who beat down their bullies by using successively longer and longer words. (They start with “I” and end with “Uncharacteristically.”) In 2014, Adam published Molly Rides (written in 2009), a simple story of a determined girl who learns how to snowboard. This story was dreamed up one day while he was driving home from Okemo Mountain after a day of teaching snowboarding. That was followed by Big Cat, which was written in 2012 and published in 2015. Big Cat is aimed at younger children and tells the story of a small cat who sneaks out of the house and gets larger and larger as she wanders away toward a far-off mountain, only to return to her normal size at the sound of her dinner bell. Speaking of younger children, Adam aimed his next book at the not-quite-reading-yet set. It’s called The Smiley-Face Book and it was written by Adam in 2016, then illustrated and published by Adam in 2017. This is the only book that Adam has illustrated himself because he can’t draw his way out of a box and can only draw smiley-faces! Next up, in 2018, was The Clues to Kusachuma, a middle-grade adventure novel involving a set of twins who have to solve a complicated treasure hunt while visiting their uncle in the mountains. Each clue introduces more risk until they reach the end and uncover both a family secret and a strange new world. This book was written in 2009 and was based on an actual treasure hunt that Adam constructed in the woods of Pennsylvania for his two nephews in 2008. The most recent book, published in 2020, is Ryder, Sky, and Emmaline, a rhyming slice-of-life tale of three children who live and play on a vegetable farm. It was written in 2017 after three sets of Adam’s friends welcomed their first children—Emmaline, Sky, and Ryder.
Adam is a fan of words and rhymes. All of his published children’s books except for The Six Sisters and Their Flying Carpets are written in rhyme—most in couplets, some in odder rhyming formats. His writing style has been described as similar to the great Dr. Seuss, but those would be very large shoes to fill indeed. He is interested in talking about writing, rhyming, character development, snowboarding, ziplining, ultimate Frisbee, book formating, fonts, dogs, and probably a whole lot of other things!