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Barbara Robinson. Barbara Robinson was born October 24, 1927 in a small town in Portsmouth, Ohio to Theodore L. and Grace Mooney Webb. Education: Allegheny College Bachelor of Arts in 1948 Career: Worked as a librarian before free- lance writing Marriage: John F. Robinson in 1949

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Barbara Robinson was born October 24, 1927 in a small town in Portsmouth, Ohio to Theodore L. and Grace Mooney Webb.

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  • Began writing in fourth or fifth grade in Portsmouth, Ohio to Theodore L. and Grace Mooney Webb.

  • Doesn’t plan her books in outline form

  • Asks herself, “What’s going to happen next?”

  • Likes to write about adventures of America’s past

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  • Across From the Indian Shore in Portsmouth, Ohio to Theodore L. and Grace Mooney Webb., 1962

  • Trace Through the Forest, 1965

  • The Fattest Bear in the First Grade, 1969

  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, 1972

  • Temporary Times, Temporary Places, 1982

  • My Brother Louis Measures Worms and Other Louis Stories, 1988

  • The Best School Year Ever, 1994

  • Barbara Robinson Treasury, 1996

  • Her short stories have been published in Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, and the Toronto Star Weekly

  • Play and video/movie version of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


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Best known for her book, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Are there any bullies in your school? If so, they won't hold a candle to the Herdmans. "They were the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars." When the Herdmans decide to act in the church play, Christmas takes on a whole new meaning.

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She also wrote a play version and the story was adapted for a movie.

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Sequel to Christmas Pageant Ever. The Best Christmas

Pageant Ever:

The Best School Year Ever

The Herdmans are back, and they

are just as wild as ever!

When Beth's teacher announces

the assignment Compliments

for Classmates, Beth is stumped.

How in the world will she find

something nice to say about

Imogene Herdman?

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Awards and Honors Christmas Pageant Ever.

  • 1994 “Pick of the Lists” (ABA)

  • Children’s Choices for 1995 (IRA/CBC)

  • Winner, 1996 Colorado Children’s Book Award

  • 1996 Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award (ND)

  • 1997 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Award (IL)

  • 1997 Children’s Choice Award (IA)

  • 1997 South Dakota Prairie Pasque Book Award

  • South Carolina’s 1996-97 Children’s Book Award

  • 1996-97 Golden Sower Award (NB)

  • 1997 Volunteer State Book Award (TN)

  • 1997 Children’s Crown Award (NCSA)

  • 1998 PA Young Reader’s Choice Award

  • 1998 NM Land of Enchantment Book Award

  • 1998 GA Children’s Book Award

  • 1999 Nene Award (HI)

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In Her Own Words Christmas Pageant Ever.

“I spend most of my non- writing time in the pursuit of misplaced homework, missing socks, borrowed sweat pants, car keys, scotch tape, light bulbs, and, all too often, somebody’s contact lens. . .

. . .My kids would say that

all this is unimportant- that

the really important thing

about me is that I bake

terrific chocolate chip cookies.”

-Barbara Robinson

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Favorite Place to be: Christmas Pageant Ever.

On the ocean, at Cape Cod

Favorite Book:

Treasure Island

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References Christmas Pageant Ever.

  • Something About the Author Vol.8 p.166-7

  • Something About the Author Vol.84 p. 205-6