The prolific creator of the Junie B. Jones series, Barbara Park says she wasn't particularly imaginative when she was young. No matter. Park and Junie B. are making up for lost time. In our interview, Park discussed her favorite books and writers, what she's working on next -- and told us a little bit about the antics of her puppy.
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Date of Birth:
April 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Mt. Holly, New Jersey
B.S., University of Alabama, 1969
Multiple Children's Choice and Library of Congress Books of the Year awards
Barbara Park's official web site
|Junie's Latest Adventure||Selected Junie B. Jones|
|Dumb Bunny (Junie B. Jones, First Grader Series)|
Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illustrator)
It's an Easter Egg-stravaganza! Lucille is having an Easter Egg Hunt at her rich expensive mansion! And guess what? The winner gets a play date to swim in Lucille's heated indoor swimming pool! Only, here is the problem. How did Junie B. get stuck wearing a big dumb bunny suit? And how can she possibly find eggs when she keeps tripping over her huge big rabbit feet? Park returns with another adventures that Junie B. fans will love.
Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket (2000)|
Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl (2001)
Junie B. Jones Is Captain Field Day (2001)
Junie B., First Grader (at last!) (2001)
Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch (2002)
Junie B., First Grader: Toothless Wonder (2002)
Junie B., First Grader: One Man Band (2003)
Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants (2004)
Junie B., First Grader: Shipwrecked (2004)
Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P. S. so Does May) (2005)
Barbara Park chronology
|One Children's Writer Recommends Three More|
|Park tells us that she particularly admires Jon Scieszka's hilarious takes on classic fairy tales, Katherine Paterson's insightful stories -- and the untouchable genius of Dr. Seuss.|
|Some of Park's Favorite Books|
|Catcher in the Rye|
J. D. Salinger
Park recalls being profoundly struck by Salinger's coming-of-age story when she read it in high school. "The idea that a fictional character could feel as real as anyone I had ever known, was such a stunning revelation it completely got me hooked on reading -- which, until that time, had not been the case," she says.
|The Poisonwood Bible|
"My criteria for what makes a book an official 'favorite,' is based almost entirely on how desperately I don’t want the story to end," she says. With that in mind, she found Kingsolver's story of a family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over too soon.