Franklin K. Mathiews was an American author and editor, and Chief Scout Librarian for the Boy Scouts of America. His works include: Boy Scouts Courageous (1918), Coming Through! A Book of Sports for Boys (1927), Chuckles and Grins (1928), Flying High (1930), Hitting the Trail (1930), Skyward Ho! (1930), The Boy Scouts Book of Outdoor Hobbies (1938), The Boy Scouts Book of Adventurous Youth (1941) and The Boy Scouts Book of Hobbies for Fathers and Sons (1942). He also edited The Boy Scouts Book of Stories (1920), The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories (1921), Stories Boys Like Best (1945) and various volumes of the The Boy Scouts Year Book. "The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories makes available to scoutmasters and other leaders a goodly number of stories worthy of their attention, and when well told likely to arrest and hold the interest of boys in their early teens, when "stirs the blood-to bubble in the veins"".