Welcome to my home page. 

I’m R. W. Thompson, an author of books for young readers and adults.  I live in Massachusetts, with my wife, our Staffordshire Terrier, Etta and our cat, Thumbelina (Yes, she really is as small as the original). 

I am a retired history teacher and elementary school principal, who can now take the time to write and publish the stories that I use to make up for my children and students.  My children's books are listed under available books, and if you go to the online store, there are direct links to purchase them.

There is also a poetry section where you will find poems about life, a special section entitled Anam Cara, poems for the soul, and a section for short stories.  I am also working on an adult novel and hope to complete it shortly.  Watch for news about it.   Feel free to come on in and stay as long as you like, and if you get the urge to eat chocolate while you read, please be my guest. If you like something on any of the pages, please leave a message and your e-mail, so I may respond to you!

All works on this site are the property of the author and are subject to copyright laws.  They may not be copied without the written permission of the author.

Always check the bottom of this page to see what is new!




Kind regards

Robert W Thompson

This is the poster for the upcoming Westfield Articulture Exhibit. If you want to breathe in the arts; painting, literature, music and so much more, come on out and help support the arts! It's going to be a wonderful day!

Oil painting and a new book! May 7, 2021

Painting therapy leads to new book! Snow Moon will be released this May. Watch for the date!

Okay, seven months ago, I painted the oil painting, Snow Moon, as therapy to help with the frustration of the pandemic and a writer's block I was having. There were a lot of comments made about it, (all positive) but several said it would make a nice beginning for a children's picture book. I thought about that and started trying to write again. Now, seven months, thirty-two watercolor illustrations and five edits later, the complete story is done and sent to the publisher. I await their comments. It is dedicated to the three Louises in my life, Louise Helen, Rebecca Louise, and Meghan Louise. (Wife, daughter, and granddaughter)
"Snow Moon": Louise loves the moon, particularly when it is full. She often wonders if the moon is called by other names. Then on a night when the moon is really bright, a magical lesson takes place, provided by a wise old owl. Join Louise as she is given a lesson about the moon and all its names!

To start the New Year, I have some new poetry in the Poetry section, and have been doing some art work in oil. The new paintings are shown in the Gallery of Art area, take a look at them.

"Tracks", New Young Adult Novel, Released!

Okay, even though I can't do an official launch, "Tracks" is available on Amazon.com, and I have received author copies from my publisher. It is retailing at $15.95. If you would like a signed copy, you may comment here, or email me at robert.thompson58@verizon.net, with the details, who it should be signed to, and the address. If it is local, I will arrange to deliver, if not, I will have to mail it.I am hoping to have a public launch as soon as possible as we have had to cancel four due to Covid. My publisher has classified it as a young adult novel, even though I thought it was more middle school/12-14 year-olds. I guess age for young adult has changed. Meanwhile, stay safe and happy reading while you are indoors! Quick synopsis below.

You are an eleven year old boy out in the woods one day. What if you came across the tracks of an animal that was considered extinct! Would you believe it? Would you spend time to check it out, or would you just disregard it? What if it turned out to be real? What would be the impact on you, your family, and the animal? All of this happens while you are experiencing the loss of your mother, trying to understand the pain your father feels and moving to a new place. How do you deal with all of it?

Tracks is the story of a small family of these big cats, a boy and his family, and a man that needs to learn one of life’s toughest lessons: In the wild, you always need help to survive!

Currently available at:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B085VDKGHP


Daydreaming, A Baseball Story, released as a hardcover by IngramSpark

Great news today, "Daydreaming, a Baseball Story" has been accepted by IngramSpark Publishers/Printers and is being reintroduced as a HARDCOVER BOOK! I got the proof this week and it looks great. I love the feel of a hardcover book! This will open up a different world that includes brick and mortar bookstores, school and public libraries as well as the internet. Official launch will be April 6, 2019 at 3:00 at the Blue Umbrella Bookstore, Main St, north side of the green in Westfield, MA!


Five Stars for Icicle Dreams! 11/5/2018


Great news to day from Readers' Favorite review company. "Icicle Dreams" has been given a Five Star review and awarded a silver seal. You may read the complete review below. Thank you so much to Readers' Favorite, Mamta Madhavan and the people who have purchased "Icicle Dreams"!

For immediate release:
Author's new book receives a warm literary welcome.
Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Children - Picture Book "Icicle Dreams" by R W Thompson, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1985670011.
Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
"Icicle is back with her family in the storybook Icicle Dreams (And Discovers Dreams Do Come True) by R.W. Thompson. Icicle wanted to be famous like her older sister, Fluffy, who was a good swimmer and faster than a leopard seal. Icicle was not a good swimmer and the only time she went in the sea was to find food. When Icicle was growing, she noticed she was taller than her friends and her flippers were longer than that of her friends’ flippers, and the feathers at her neck were turning yellow, the mark of an Emperor Penguin. She liked flying but Icicle knew that penguins could not fly. Icicle decided to ask her adult friends to give her ideas on what she could do to become famous. What does Icicle choose to do to become famous? Will her dreams come true?

The story is magical and the illustrations by the author bring out the whimsy in the tale and the scenes perfectly, making it an enchanting read. The charming pictures give the characters a personality and individuality of their own and make the scenes vivid to young readers. The story conveys a beautiful message and will make children work towards fulfilling their dreams, just like Icicle. It is a good story to encourage children to pursue what they want to achieve. Parents and tutors can use this book at home and in classrooms for storytelling sessions to motivate and give confidence to youngsters to follow their dreams and see the magic happen in their lives."
You can learn more about R W Thompson and "Icicle Dreams" at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/icicle-dreams where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.
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The Gift is available

Aug. 22, 2021

Blandford Cultural Council Art Exhibit

This is the poster for the upcoming Blandford Arts Council Art Exhibit, and I am thrilled they chose one of mine to use in the notice. If you have time next Saturday or Sunday, come out and help support the arts!

Mar. 30, 2020
May. 10, 2019

New poem for my wife's birthday

Check the new poem, "White Stones on a Beach", under Anam Cara, Adult Soul!

Apr. 1, 2019

Daydreaming, a Baseball Story launches!

If you would like your own signed copy of "Daydreaming, a Baseball Story", come on down to the official launch, this Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 3:00 at the Blue Umbrella Bookstore, Main St, north side of the green! I will be there for 2 hours, signing and talking about how it came about. The book is dedicated to the students and staff from the Granville Village School, who throughout my career, helped me more that I did them, and my good friend, Clem Fucci, a baseball coach who coached for the love of the game! It has received a Five Star Silver Seal from Readers' Favorite and below is what the reviewer, Jack Magnus had to say!
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite:
R.W. Thompson's children's sports picture book, Daydreaming: A Baseball Story, was a magical interlude for me as well, as I too was transported to a remembered game from the past and re-experienced the glance I, in my position at first base, shared with the pitcher in those moments before he began to wind up for the next one. Thompson's story and illustrations capture both the wonder and immediacy of baseball, and the magic to be found in daydreams and imagination. I loved reading this book and savored the tension and intensity of the players as they played their fantasy game, and then I marveled at the power I had found in a children's picture book. Yes, Daydreaming, A Baseball Story will enthrall the adult who's been charged with reading a story aloud as deeply, if not more so, as it does the young listener, and that's a very rare thing indeed. This stirring story, with its accompanying masterful illustrations, stands out above the usual children's fare and is most highly recommended!

Jan. 20, 2018

"Waddle's Big Adventure" Anniversary!

Today is World Penguin Awareness Day, and exactly one year ago today, "Waddle's Big Adventure" was awarded a five-star silver seal and selected as a "Book of the Week' by Readers' Favorite Book Review Company.
If you have a child 8-10 or who is reading at a 4th-5th grade level, check it out and let them join Waddle for the adventure of a lifetime! Waddle's Big Adventure is available at the Blue Umbrella Bookstore in Westfield, MA or on Amazon or barnesandnoble.com.

Jan. 3, 2018

New Short Story- The Owl Called

Check out the new short story, "The Owl Called"! I will debut it at a reading in February.

Dec. 10, 2017

New Children's Book is released Dec. 9

As humans, we are given many gifts, most of which we take for granted, like sight! What would you do if you lost yours?
Crash! In the blink of an eye, Steven Jacobs’ life changed from being a children’s author to being unable to see his world. We can’t change what happens to us, but we can control how we react to it.
Once Steven realizes this, his life changes. Will it be for better or worse? What gifts can he possibly have left? Read about the gift Steven gives and the precious gift he receives and how it changes his life.
This, my readers, is my Christmas gift to you! I hope you will enjoy!

My new children's Christmas book, The Gift, was officially released on Saturday, December 9 at the Blue Umbrella Bookstore, 2 Main St in Westfield, 1:00-3:00 P. M. In spite of the weather, (a 5 in. snowstorm) a lot of people came down for a reading and enjoyed some refreshments as we celebrated. There are signed copies available there if you missed it. Thank you to my family, friends, fans and especially to my chief fan, photographer, P.R. person, editor, best friend and love of my life, Louise for all her support, and to Russell Atwood and the staff at the Blue Umbrella Bookstore. (If you have not been there, stop in and check them out, they are a neat operation)

Feb. 17, 2017

New Poem

Check the new poem for the love of my life!

Feb. 8, 2017


"Icicle Flies", the second in the series, Icicle's Adventures, was released today on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. It is a picture book for grade 2-4, but may be read to children 2-8
Icicle is a young Emperor Penguin who lives on the southern tip of Argentina. In "Icicle’s First Christmas", she was shy and had a problem to solve. Through perseverance and learning to communicate with others she managed to overcome her shyness and solve the problem.
Now in Icicle Flies, she has become confident and made many friends. However, there are still lessons to be learned and one of the most important is to listen, particularly to her mother. Come see what happens when Icicle decides to go adventuring on her own, forgets what mother has told her, and what happens in the end!
The official Launch will be Friday, February 24 at the Blue Umbrella Bookstore, 2 Main St, Westfield, MA from 10:00 A. M. to 1:00 P. M. This is the Friday of vacation week, so if you are looking for something to do with that preschooler through 3rd/4th grade, come on down to the party! If you purchase a copy before then, bring it down and I'll be happy to sign it for you.

Jan. 21, 2017

Waddle's Big Adventure wins Silver Seal

The good news just keeps coming! An e-mail arrived Friday morning from Readers' Favorite review company. They have given "Waddle's Big Adventure" a Five Star Silver Seal! Read the entire review below.
Reviewed By Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite
Review Rating: 5 stars!
Waddle’s Big Adventure is a children’s book written and illustrated by R.W. Thompson. Born on the west coast of Antarctica, young Emperor Penguin, Waddle, is not a fan of the cold. One day, while playing with his best friend, Waddle is separated from all of the other penguins when a giant storm hits, blowing him far out to sea. As he learns to survive on his own, feeding on fish in the warm ocean waters, Waddle eventually finds himself in a strange land called Argentina. Waddle’s adventures lead him to meeting many new animals, most of which are odd-looking, friendly, which try to help him get back home. He learns about many different sea creatures, both friendly and unfriendly – even finding himself in dangerous ocean waters with hungry sharks. The lessons Waddle learns during his journey will determine his survival and, if possible, his next big adventure.
I could not help but be absolutely fascinated and delighted with R.W. Thompson’s adventurous tale, as seen through the eyes of Waddle, the Emperor Penguin. Not only does Waddle’s Big Adventure talk of a wild animal being out of the familiarity of their comfort zone, but also provides a large amount of interesting educational aspects about several different animal species (from land, sea and air) throughout the book, inclusive of their habitats, feeding regimes, and how they associate with other animals (including man). The friendships forged during Waddle’s unplanned visit are strong, with virtues such as trust, good instincts, love and devotion playing a key role throughout. I liked the concept that all animals can understand each other, and that kindness to animals will come back to you, tenfold. Not only do I plan on looking into the Cape Cod Oceanographic Institute and their good deeds towards rescued animals, but I look forward to adding Waddle’s Big Adventure to my home library. Although this book is marketed towards children, I recommend Waddle’s Big Adventure to animal lovers of all ages.

Jan. 11, 2017

Success for Icicle!

Our launch for "Icicle's First Christmas" went very well. We had a great turn-out that kept us busy for an extra hour beyond the time scheduled. Thank you to all the people who came out, old friends and the new ones, we appreciate your business. Thank you very much to Jessica and her staff at The Blue Umbrella Bookstore for all their hard work, we had a great time working with you.

Dec. 1, 2016

Official launch of "Icicle's First Christmas"

Icicle's First Christmas will be officially launched on Dec. 10, 2016 at The Blue Umbrella Bookstore located at 2 Main St, Westfield, MA. The reception begins with refreshments and a reading at 11:00 and I will be there until 2:00 to answer questions, talk about writing and sign books. Children's books make a great gift, come on down and bring the children for story time and penguin cookies!

Nov. 23, 2016

Icicle's First Christmas released on Dec. 2, 2016

Icicle's First Christmas will be for sale on amazon.com, barnes&noble.com and other on-line retailers on Dec. 2. Watch for the official launch date here!
Icicle is a young Emperor Penguin who lives on the southern tip of Argentina.
She is very shy and is about to experience her first Christmas with her colony. All the penguins create ornaments and decorations for the Celebration Tree on Christmas Night. Icicle does not know what to make. This is compounded by the fact that she must explain to the colony why she made the decoration. She does not know what to do until her mother tells her the story of the first Christmas. Come walk with Icicle as she travels around the peninsula trying to decide what to make and figure out how she can tell everyone how she feels about Christmas.

Oct. 20, 2016

Waddle's Big Adventure is on the market!

Waddle's Big Adventure is on the market and may be purchased online at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and locally at The Blue Umbrella Bookstore
2 Main St. Westfield.
Waddle is a chapter book great for 2nd-5th grade reading.

Waddle the Penguin was not your usual penguin. He was born at a different time of the year than the other penguins, he did not like the cold, and he really enjoyed exploring by himself. He liked to surf on ice floes, dive deep in the water to fish, and go for long swims. He always wondered what was going on outside of his world.
Come join Waddle as he sets off on an adventure that will take him from the shores of Antarctica all the way to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Come meet the creatures he meets, as he learns to interact with all kinds of animals, including those who walk upright and speak a funny language. Join up for the adventure of a lifetime!

Mar. 2, 2016

New Print, "Brothers"

Check the new print, "Brothers" from Daydreaming, a Baseball Story, in the prints section. Also, we are now taking orders for prints in 12X16 and 16x20 sizes.

Mar. 2, 2016

New Print, "Celebration"

New Print available, "Celebration" from, Daydreaming, a Baseball Story. Check the Prints section for information.

Dec. 21, 2015

New Poem

Love on a Winter Night
12/21/15 Winter Solstice

Dec. 8, 2015

5 Star Medal Awarded to Mrs. Mouse's Christmas

Just received a 5-star review from Reader's Favorites on Mrs. Mouse's Christmas that included a nice silver seal to place on the cover. My first Christmas present!

Review Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Mrs. Mouse's Christmas is a children's picture book written and illustrated by R.W. Thompson. It's Christmas Eve and, as in the classic poem this story is based upon, everyone was tucked into bed and dreaming of the morning -- except for Mrs. Mouse. She was hard at work preparing the holiday meal for her guests when she discovered that there was nothing but vegetables in the pantry. While she had pizza, cake and fruit ready, and her table was all set, this meal would not be complete without milk and cheese. Mrs. Mouse searched high and low throughout the house looking for those necessary ingredients, but to no avail. Then she heard a scratching above the attic and, racing outdoors to see what was there, she discovered a team of reindeer on the roof of the house. She was thrilled to come back inside and see Santa by the hearth, piling up the gifts by the Christmas tree, but would he grant her Christmas wishes as well?

R.W. Thompson's children's picture book, Mrs. Mouse's Christmas, is a heartwarming and joyful story for the holiday season. I enjoyed watching as Mrs. Mouse searches the rooms looking for cheese and milk, and appreciated the vivid imagery that fills this book, especially those pictures showing Mrs. Mouse as she searches. This is an excellent bedtime or story time offering for sharing with a young child, but it's also suitable for relatively new readers who can use the classic poem ''Twas the Night Before Christmas' and the illustrations to help them puzzle out any new and unfamiliar words and phrases. Mrs. Mouse's Christmas is a recommended seasonal offering.

Dec. 2, 2015

New Short Story- The Gift

Check the new short story, The Gift, under the Poems and Short Stories page.
Hopefully it will become another children's book within the year.

Nov. 22, 2015

"Mrs. Mouse's Christmas" is now available!

My newest children's book, "Mrs. Mouse's Christmas" has been released on amazon.com. It is also available at the Create Space E-store at the following link, https://www.createspace.com/5864322. If you go to the e-store, be sure to type in the number at the end. That is the stock number for the book. Go to the link to see a summary and illustration. The book is for ages 1-8.

May. 21, 2015

For Memorial day-They Gave It All

New poem and print in Prints Gallery!

May. 1, 2015


Gems, they gleam and shine, but a common rock doth aspire,
to outshine them all because the flint holds fire.

Apr. 4, 2015

Eagle Bay

New poem and print about the eagles at Eagle Bay, Alaska. Check it out on prints page.

Mar. 20, 2015

The Hawk and the Golf Shot

Check out the new short-story about a Red-Tail and a day on the golf course!

Mar. 18, 2015

Aurora Borealis

Check the new print in the gallery. A photograph of the Aurora Borealis taken on 3/17 by a friend of mine, Mrs. Dorrie Holmes, a very accomplished photographer, and the new poem, A perfect night.

Jan. 6, 2021

Original Oils

I have been trying my hand at oil instead of pen & ink and watercolors during this pandemic. See several of the new originals for sale in the Gallery of Art!