This World War II veteran decided to become a children’s book author at 95

Sam Baker first discovered his love of reading in ninth grade, but it wasn’t until he was 95 that he realized how much he also loved writing books.

Baker, now 99, lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. He served in the Marines from 1942 to 1947, then embarked on a career with the US Coast and Geodetic Survey, now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. When his children were young, he read to them every day and made up his own stories about a worm named Herman. When Baker decided to start writing four years ago, his son encouraged him to turn his Hermann tales into a book.

This is exactly what he did by posting The Stupid Adventures of Petunia and Herman the Worm in 2018. Baker was then inspired to write about the pet rat he had as a child and wrote his second book, oscar the mouse, in 2020. He told Fox News Digital that he changed the rat to a mouse because “people accept mice over rats.” Baker continues Oscar’s story in a third book due out later this year.

Baker felt compelled to write for children because “reading is the foundation of all other learning,” he said. “If you can’t read, you’ll have a hard time learning.” For Baker, being an author isn’t about fame or salary. “I don’t want to make any money,” he told Fox News Digital. “I want children to learn to read.”

Grover Z. Barnes