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Barbara Park. April 27, 1947-November 15, 2013. Barbara’s Life.

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Barbara park

Barbara Park

April 27, 1947-November 15, 2013


Barbara s life
Barbara’s Life

  • Barbara was very passionate about supporting causes such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and would dedicate her upcoming books to kids whose dying wish was to meet Barbara. Barbara also founded the Sisters in Survival (SIS) organization alongside her husband Richard. SIS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering financial assistance to ovarian cancer patients.

  • Barbara has two sons, Steven and David, and two grandsons.


Barbara s life continued
Barbara’s Life Continued

  • Barbara Park arrived at the writing profession through an indirect route. Before becoming a bestselling and beloved children’s author, she originally intended to teach high school history and political science. She got her secondary education degree but quickly realized that her calling was to be a writer. She said, “My senior year of high school, I was voted ‘Wittiest.’ So several years later, I decided to try my hand at writing humor and see if I could be witty enough to make some money.”


Writing career
Writing Career

  • Barbara Park didn’t decide to become a writer till later in life after she got a degree in secondary education in history and political science. After getting a college degree she realized she wanted to be a writer.

  • After several book rejections, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers picked up her first document.


Writing career continued
Writing Career Continued

  • Barbara went on to write over fifty books, and has won over forty children’s book awards including several Children’s Choice Awards.

  • Barbara is most famous for her Junie B. Jones novels.


Books by barbara park
Books by Barbara Park

  • Junie B., First Grader (at last!)

  • Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch

  • Junie B., First Grader: Toothless Wonder

  • Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants

  • Junie B., First Grader: One-Man Band

  • Junie B., First Grader: Shipwrecked

  • Junie B., First Grader: BOO...and I MEAN It!

  • Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.)

  • Junie B., First Grader: Aloha-ha-ha!

  • Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny

  • Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten!(And Other Thankful Stuff)

  • Almost Starring Skinny bones

  • Beanpole

  • Buddies

  • Dear God, Help!!! Love, Earl

  • Don't Make Me Smile

  • The Graduation of Jake Moon

  • The Kid in the Red Jacket

  • Maxie, Rosie, and Earl - Partners in Grime

  • Mick Harte Was Here

  • My Mother Got Married (And Other Disasters)

  • Operation: Dump the Chump

  • Rosie Swanson: Fourth-Grade Geek for President

  • Skinny bones

  • Psssst! It's Me...the Bogeyman

  • Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here! A Word from Your Baby-in-Waiting

  • Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus

  • Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business

  • Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth

  • Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying

  • Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake

  • Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim's Birthday

  • Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren

  • Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed

  • Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook

  • Junie B. Jones Is a Party Animal

  • Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy

  • Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy

  • Junie B. Jones Is (Almost) a Flower Girl

  • Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine

  • Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket

  • Junie B. Jones Is Captain Field Day

  • Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl


Barbara park s quotes
Barbara Park’s Quotes

  • “For 20 years I’ve gotten to laugh my way through my work,” she says. “For me, that’s a dream job.”

  • “I had also begun to find myself quite amusing (though certainly not everyone agreed with me on that one),”

  • "I don't have a problem being 6 years old in my head," Park once explained during an interview with barnesandnoble.com. "It's almost embarrassing; if I'm talking to librarians or teachers who know my books and they say, `How do you do this?' It's not a stretch.

  • "I find that when I'm struggling to think of how a 6-year-old would feel about something, I just have to go right down to the common denominator, find the simplest way that you can look at an object or a problem, and not muck it up with all of the stuff that adults do and over-analyze," she said.

  • Barbara said, "I've never been sure whether Junie B.'s fans love her in spite of her imperfections…or because of them. But either way, she's gone out into the world and made more friends than I ever dreamed possible."


Additional information
Additional Information

  • Barbara Park also just makes up her ideas! Barbara likes writing her books very much! It takes a couple of months to write a book, and sometimes two years (so don't go thinking that it's really easy to write one).

  • Her favorite book is "Mick Harte Was Here.”

  • Barbara died at the age of 66 from Ovarian cancer.

  • She is beloved by millions as the author of the wildly popular, New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series. She won more than 40 children's book awards and she was been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and Time magazine.


Related websites
Related Websites

  • http://juniebjones.com/

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Park

  • http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/bookwizard/books-by/barbara-park

  • http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/author/park-barbara/


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