Barbara Park

Barbara Park

Barbara Park
BornBarbara Lynne Tidswell
April 21, 1947
Mount Holly, New Jersey
DiedNovember 15, 2013 (aged 66)
Scottsdale, Arizona
GenreChildren’s literature
Notable worksJunie B. Jones, Skinny Bones
SpouseRichard A. Park (m. 1969-2013)
ChildrenSteven Park, David Park

Barbara Lynne Park (April 21, 1947 – November 15, 2013) was an American author of children’s books.


Life and career[edit]

Barbara Park was the daughter of a merchant and a secretary, Doris and Brooke Tidswell. She grew up in Mount Holly, New Jersey[1] and graduated from Rancocas Valley Regional High School in 1965.[2]From 1965 to 1967, she attended Rider College, later finishing her B.S. in 1969 at the University of Alabama. She married Richard A. Park in 1969. She lived in Phoenix, Arizona for almost 30 years and had two sons, Steven and David. She was the author of the popular Junie B. Jones children’s series. The Junie B. Jones series was focused on young readers and included around 30 different books. The series has sold over 55 million copies in North America alone.[3] She won seven Children’s Choice Awards, and four Parents’ Choice Awards. She also wrote many middle-grade novels, such as The Kid in the Red Jacket.


Park died on November 15, 2013, at her home in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of 66 after a long battle with ovarian cancer.[4][5][6]


Main article: Bibliography of Barbara Park


  1. ^ Blais, Jacqueline. “Junie B. always has the bestest time”USA Today, June 30, 2004. Accessed November 22, 2007. “In a parallel universe in 1950s, Park was a talkative schoolgirl in Mount Holly, N.J.”
  2. ^ Junie B. Jones: About Barbara ParkRandom House, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 4, 2007. Accessed July 18, 2019. “[Q:] Where did you go to high school? [A:] I went to Rancocas Valley Regional High School (RVRHS) in Mt. Holly, NJ. I loved that high school, I tell you!”
  3. ^ Fox, Margalit (2013-11-18). “Barbara Park, Author of Junie B. Jones Series, Dies at 66”The New York TimesISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  4. ^ Junie B. Jones Creator Barbara Park Dies at 66
  5. ^ Barbara Park, Author of Junie B. Jones Series, Dies at 66
  6. ^ Fox, Margalit (2013-11-18). “Barbara Park, Author of Junie B. Jones Series, Dies at 66”The New York TimesISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-09-30.

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