Barbara Park was born April 27, 1947, in Mount Holly, New Jersey. As a kid, she had no interest in writing, and didn't really "discover" books until high school.   "As I became an adult, writing books for kids seemed the perfect way I could pretend to be a grownup and still blurt out funny stuff for the whole class to hear."

Barbara went to Rider College, finishing her degree in 1969 at the University of Alabama. She got married the summer after graduation, moved to Arizona, and raised two sons. She has continued to write, and doesn't plan to quit. Her Junie B. Jones series is fantastic, and is growing by two books per year - that's slow, for a kids' series, but Barbara prefers to do it well. She has received over 40 awards for her books, including 25 Children's Choice awards.


Almost Starring Skinnybones

Dear God, Help! Love, Earl

Don't Make Me Smile

The Graduation of Jake Moon

Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth / Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business / Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime / Junie B Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying / Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus / Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim's Birthday / Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake / Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed / Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket / Junie B. Jones Is (Almost) a Flower Girl / Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy / Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook / Junie B. Jones Is a Party Animal / Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren / Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy

The Kid in the Red Jacket

Maxie, Rosie, and Earl: Partners in Grime

Mick Harte Was Here

My Mother Got Married: And Other Disasters

Psssst! It's Me...The Bogeyman

Rosie Swanson: Fourth-Grade Geek for President


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Editors Note:

Barbara Park died on 11/15/13 of ovarian cancer. She was 66 years old.

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