the Author

David Bruce Smith

David Bruce Smith is the author of 13 books, and founder of the Grateful American™ Foundation, which is restoring enthusiasm about American history–for kids and adults–through videos, podcasts, and interactive activities.
The Grateful American™ Book Prize promotes excellence in adolescent historical fiction and non-fiction that is focused on the United States since the country’s founding.

David Bruce Smith is the Host and Creator of The Grateful American™ Series – An interactive, multimedia program designed to restore enthusiasm in American history for children.

In March 2015 he co-founded the Grateful American™ Book Prize with Dr. Bruce Cole, the former chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities. The annual award will honor a single 7th-9th grade level work culled from fiction, historical fiction, and non-fiction entries.

The Prize consists of a $13,000 cash award in commemoration of the 13 original Colonies. In addition, the winner will receive a medal designed by Smith’s mother, the renowned artist Clarice Smith.

AMERICAN HERO: John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States” a children’s book by David Bruce Smith and illustrated by Clarice Smith is available now from Belle Isle Books or Amazon.

In 2019 he launched The Grateful American Book Series; a series of children’s books about historical couples that were–in actuality–partnerships.