About


Writ by Whit

is the banner under which all the written works of Dave Whitaker have been collected. 2012 saw the arrival of the children’s novel, Otter and Arthur and the Sword in the Stone, but I have mostly written non-fiction in different capacities.
In support of my books, I have done appearances on television (see it here), radio (hear it here), and at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, book stores, schools, libraries, and book fairs. I am also a 2012 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) winner. Check out the contact info page to set up an event.

Toolbox Training

I formed Toolbox Training in 1998 to develop resources and training for adults who work with children. In that capacity written books about child development, staff training, transition activities, and multiple intelligences. I have also compiled books on activity ideas including music, art, games, and science.

I keep a blog offering activity ideas for children tied to unusual holidays and maintain a Facebook page which offers opportunities for networking and linking with other child-care related organizations and content. Read more about Toolbox Training here.

Dave's Music Database

When I became a stay-at-home parent in 2002, I spent large chunks of my spare time writing about music. I developed Dave's Music Database (The DMDb for short) devoted to the collection, consolidation, and promotion of music-related best-of lists. The DMDB is for anyone who loves rating, ranking, reviewing, ranting, and reading about favorite albums, songs, acts, videos, and other things music-related.

I have published a collection of essays (No One Needs 21 Versions of “Purple Haze”) from his music blog and a book on the top songs of the rock era (The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era 1954-1999).

I maintain a regular music-themed blog which offers daily posts related to best-of lists and music history. I also pen a music-themed column, Aural Fixation, for PopMatters.


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