Our featured author for April is Barbara Park.  She was born April 21, 1947 in New Jersey.  As a child, Barbara loved school, but hated writing.  She developed a love for reading in high school, and went to college with plans to become a history teacher.  Her love of reading made Barbara decide to try writing a book of her own.

Although Barbara Park is best known for her books about Junie B. Jones, her first children’s book was Operation: Dump the Chump.  It was published in 1982.  Barbara wrote several other novels for children before writing Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus.  It was published in 1992, and was the beginning of the “Junie B. Jones” series.

Barbara Parks’ books have won a number of awards, including the Young Hoosier Award in 1985, the Milner Award in 1986, the Tennessee Children’s Choice Book Award in 1986 for Operation: Dump the Chump, and the Library of Congress Book of the Year in 1987 for The Kid in the Red Jacket.

Barbara Park now lives in Arizona with her husband and 2 sons.  For more information about Barbara Park, or to check out one of her books, please see the “Happy Birthday” display in the LMC.