Barbara A. Langham is an independent writer and editor who assists corporations, state government, universities, and individuals in telling their stories. Her clients have included a Fortune 500 company (3M), the University of Texas at Austin, and a distinguished political science professor at the University of South Florida.
Since 1981, she has served as an editor of Texas Child Care, a quarterly online training journal for early childhood educators, under a contract with the Texas Workforce Commission. In addition to editing, she writes articles on children’s health, guidance, learning activities, and parent involvement. She has written and edited training manuals, including Expect Respect, for counselors of adolescents in 2007.
She published the first children’s book about the state tree of Texas, The Pecan Tree: A True Friend, in 1994, and has given talks at schools and libraries. She wrote the personal stories of 50 state officials in Florida’s Minority Trailblazers: The Men and Women Who Changed the Face of Florida Government, a book by Susan MacManus, Ph.D., published by Florida University Press in 2016. She edited Blessings from the Good Earth: A Young Boy’s Story of the Depression in Gonzales, Texas, by Buddy Schrader (2004) and The SpawGlass Way, a history of the building company by Ashley Cheshire (2002).
She promoted Explore UT, an annual open house, for the University of Texas at Austin, increasing the number of buses bringing school children to the event from a half dozen in 2003 to more than 400 in 2016.