Frank Keating has a knack for writing children’s books.
The former Oklahoma governor will be presented his second Western literature award this week. He’s written three nonfiction books for children, each one focusing on a historical Oklahoma character.
Keating, 65, began writing the books after serving eight years, 1995-2003, as Oklahoma’s governor. He will be presented a Spur Award for Western literature Saturday night by the Western Writers of America during its convention, which is this week in the Oklahoma City area.
Keating is winning the Spur Award for the best Western juvenile nonfiction for his book, "The Trial of Standing Bear.”
"I’m really thrilled and excited because it’s an Oklahoma story and that the Western writers of the United States have recognized it as an important story,” Keating said.
He won a Spur Award in 2003 for "Will Rogers: An American Legend.”
Mike Wimmer illustrated those books as well as Keating’s book on former President Theodore Roosevelt. Wimmer will illustrate Keating’s latest book on former President George Washington; the pair also will collaborate on books on former presidents Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.
Keating’s award will be among 16 to be presented during the Western writers’ banquet Saturday night at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Most convention activities will take place at the Reed Center in Midwest City.
Two events are open to the public.