Bruce Larkin (born January 23, 1957) is a children's book author and poet who writes in English and Spanish. Many of his works are published by Wilbooks, an educational publishing company. Larkin's books are primarily used to teach young children how to read. Larkin has authored more than 1000 books, both fiction and non-fiction, for beginner readers. Bruce Larkin is known for his philanthropic efforts in the field of literacy. In November and December 2009, Larkin donated over 400,000 books to schools all around the United States. Larkin was named the 2012 Children's Poet of the Year by the Literacy Empowerment Foundation. Larkin has an interest in the jackalope myth, and refers to himself as a "jackalopoligist" with a specialty in "flaggerdoots".