barbara lynne tidswell was born on april 21, 1947. she was born in mount holly, new jersey. she lived with her mom, dad, and older brother brooke who was 2 years older. barbara moved to alabama for college at the university of alabama, where she met her husband. barbara married richard a. park in 1969. they moved to arizona where they had two sons named steven and david. barbara also has two grandsons named cal and nate. barbara passed away on november 15, 2013 from ovarian cancer.
Adobe Spark Video: Question and Answer with Barbara Park
Barbara Park's books:
Ideas for Books:
"Honestly, my life isn’t exciting enough to write about things that have actually happened to me, so I’m forced to make my stories up from scratch. Usually, I start out with a vague story line and a general idea of the characters. Then, once I begin to write, the story starts to flow. If all goes well, it will flow in all sorts of directions that I never could have predicted."
A lot of Barbara's ideas stemmed from her imagination and stories that others had told her. She also came up with ideas once she had kids and grandchildren of her own, which helped refresh her memory of some of the funny things that children do. However, Barbara's stories were always made up from scratch and never based on things that actually happened.
Barbara Park writes in the Realistic Nonfiction genre. Realistic Nonfiction stories are ones that have events that could happen in real life. The characters and setting are realistic and easy to imagine. Junie B. Jones is a character that many young children, and adults, can relate to because of the things that she does and goes through throughout her life. Park's other books are also in the Realistic Nonfiction genre.