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.