About Dave Whitaker

Dave Whitaker’s most recent work is a children’s novel, Otter and Arthur and the Sword in the Stone, but he previously has written non-fiction in different capacities. His company, Toolbox Training, is devoted to developing resources and training for adults who work with children. He also formed Dave’s Music Database to share his passion for music.

Toolbox Training

Whitaker began working in the child care profession in 1987. He worked as a program coordinator, trainer, consultant, and author. He published his first book, Games, Games, Games: Creating Hundreds of Group Games and Sports, in 1996.

He has also served on various boards including the MOSAC2 (Missouri School-Age Care Coalition) and Missouri Accreditation (MoA) state boards as well as the Parents As Teachers Family Network. He also taught for the School-Age Care degree program at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. He has a Masters in Education with a focus on Creative Arts in Learning and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication.

In January 1998, Whitaker formed Toolbox Training, devoted to offering training and resources for those who work with children. In that capacity, he has published nearly a dozen books total. He also keeps a blog offering activity ideas for children tied to unusual holidays and maintains a Facebook page which offers opportunties for networking and linking with other child-care related organizations and content.

Dave’s Music Database

When Whitaker became a stay-at-home parent in 2002, he spent large chunks of his spare time to writing about music. He developed Dave’s Music Database (The DMDb for short) devoted to the collection, consolidation, and promotion of music-related best-of lists. The DMDB is for anyone who loves rating, ranking, reviewing, ranting, and reading about favorite albums, songs, acts, videos, and other things music-related.

Two books have been written under the DMDB banner thus far, The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era 1954-1999 and No One Needs 21 Versions of “Purple Haze”. Whitaker also maintains a regular music-themed blog which offers daily posts related to best-of lists and music history. He also pens a music-themed column, Aural Fixation, for PopMatters.

Last updated August 24, 2012.

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