Barbara Park
Barbara Park

Barbara Park was best-known as the creator and author of the New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series, the stories of an outrageously funny kindergartener who has kept kids (and their grownups) laughing—and reading—for over two decades. Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the series has sold 55 million copies in North America alone, has been translated into multiple languages and is a beloved and time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms around the world.
 
The series was consistently a #1 New York Times bestseller, spending over 180 weeks on the list, and Barbara and her books were profiled in such national outlets as Time, Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Times, and Today.
 
Park died on November 15, 2013 after fighting ovarian cancer heroically for seven and a half years.
 
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.”
 
After several rejections, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers acquired her first manuscript, Operation: Dump the Chump and two others. Don’t Make Me Smile was published first in 1981, followed by Operation: Dump the Chump (1982) and Skinnybones (1982). 
 
She went on to write over fifty books, from the picture book Ma! There’s Nothing to Do Here!, a love letter to her grandson, to middle grade novels such as Skinnybones, The Kid in the Red Jacket, Mick Harte Was Here, and The Graduation of Jake Moon. Barbara won more than forty children’s book awards, including several Children’s Choice Awards. 
 
On writing books for kids, Barbara once said: “There are those who believe that the value of a children’s book can be measured only in terms of the moral lessons it tries to impose or the perfect role models it offers. Personally, I happen to think that a book is of extraordinary value if it gives the reader nothing more than a smile or two. In fact, I happen to think that’s huge.”
 
Every bit as funny and as outrageous as her best-known character, Barbara shared a special connection with Junie B. Jones. She once said of the series, “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.”
 
Barbara Park was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey, on April 21, 1947, and spent most of her adult life in Arizona. There she, with her husband, Richard, raised her two sons and spent time with her two young grandsons. 
 
Throughout her life, Barbara was passionate about supporting many causes. She was a “wish” for several children participating in the Make-a-Wish Foundation and would dedicate her upcoming books to kids whose dying wish was to meet her. Barbara also founded her own charitable organization with her husband, Richard—Sisters in Survival (“SIS”), a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering financial assistance to ovarian cancer patients. SIS is an all-volunteer organization, and all donations go directly to women struggling with ovarian cancer. Barbara’s family will continue to run SIS.  (www.sistersinsurvival.org )

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Author: Barbara Park, Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich | Narrator: Lana Quintal
Release Date: January 05, 2016
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Author: Barbara Park | Narrator: Lana Quintal
Release Date: August 07, 2012
Meet the World's Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones.

Gobble, gobble. With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years.
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Author: Barbara Park | Narrator: Lana Quintal
Release Date: September 25, 2007
Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl
All the children in Room Nine are excited when they get their bright white graduation gowns. Then an accident happens. Can Junie B. find a way to fix things.

Junie B., First Grader (at last.)
When Junie B.
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Author: Barbara Park | Narrator: Lana Quintal
Release Date: March 13, 2007
Meet the World's Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones.

It's Halloween. With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years.
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Author: Barbara Park | Narrator: Lana Quintal
Release Date: March 13, 2007
Barbara Park’s New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for more than twenty years. Over 60 million copies in print and now with a bright new look for a new generation.
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Author: Barbara Park | Narrator: Lana Quintal
Release Date: February 27, 2007
Meet the World's Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones.

It's a mushy gushy mystery. With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years.
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Author: Barbara Park | Narrator: Lana Quintal
Release Date: February 27, 2007
Meet the World's Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones.

Junie B. is a very grown-up little lady. So how come everyone treats her like a baby. With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B.
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Author: Barbara Park | Narrator: Lana Quintal
Release Date: February 27, 2007
Meet the World's Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones.

Go, team. With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years.
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Author: Barbara Park | Narrator: Lana Quintal
Release Date: February 27, 2007
Meet the World's Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones.

E-I-E-I-O. With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years.
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Author: Barbara Park | Narrator: Lana Quintal
Release Date: February 13, 2007

Meet the World's Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones.

It's an Easter Egg-stravaganza. With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park’s New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years.

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Author: Barbara Park | Narrator: Lana Quintal
Release Date: January 23, 2007
Meet the World's Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones.

What's the bestest job ever. A beauty shop guy, that's what. With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years.
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Author: Barbara Park | Narrator: Lana Quintal
Release Date: January 23, 2007
Meet the World's Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones.

Junie B. is spending the night. With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years.
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