Nov
2013

Author of the Week – Barbara Park

Junie B Jones author, Barbara Park, passed away last week at the age of 66 after a fight with ovarian cancer.

As a tomboy – even at 45 years old – I can relate to the gangly, not-a-frilly-girl explorations of Junie B (Beatrice) Jones, who I wish had existed when I was in elementary school and an avid reader. When I was working in an elementary school (and even now that I am working in a middle school), I highly recommended all of the Junie B Jones series of books to struggling readers – and students who could relate to the adventures – and misadventures – of a precocious, rambunctious 6 year old girl.

Junie-B-more

Nov
2013

Barbara Park – Author of Junie B. Jones – Passed Away

Hi all ~

I don’t know if you knew this – but I just found out. Barbara Park passed away a few days ago. As someone who works with middle school students, I saw a lot of lower-reader students glom onto Junie B Jones books and read them voraciously. I’m not sure how many tomboys CAN’T relate to Junie B. Jones.

Junie B Jones