When he is not teaching 2 nd , 3 rd , and 4 thgraders the “home row,” Carl Junction Computer Lab Teacher Isaiah Basye moonlights as a children’s book author and illustrator under the pen name, Izzy B. His latest book, "Count Spatula," hits online bookstores this month. This is the fourth children’s book by Izzy B and this one, also features illustrations by the author.
“I have been working on this book for five years,” said Basye. “The last two years, I have been teaching myself how to do computer illustrations. I knew what I wanted this book to look like and when it came down to it, I just needed to learn how to do it myself.”
In 2016, "Count Spatula" was named the “Top Manuscript” by the Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators earning Basye a ten-minute coaching session with the executive director of Penguin Press.
The Joplin Public Library is hosting an Author Showcase to celebrate the release of Count Spatula. Come, meet Izzy B (Isaiah Basye), and join in the fun of Count Spatula.
  • Saturday, October 27
  • 10 am – 2 pm
  • Joplin Public Library
  • 1901 E. 20th Street, Joplin
  • Copies of Izzy B books there for purchase. Count Spatula will be discounted at $8.50

Say you are interested or going to the JPL event here:

If you can't make it to the Joplin Library, don't fret! You can buy the book on amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ya87sweo

Or visit his Izzy B page to buy other titles: https://tinyurl.com/ycvm9ntt