RIF Reading Planet
RIF Reading Planet Home
Welcome
Login | Join the Club
RIF Home
Activity LabGame Station Book ZoneExpress Yourself
Send to a Friend
Send to a Friend
Meet the Authors and Illustrators
Barbara Park

Book List

Review the books below!

Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl by Barbara Park
Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl

Junie B. Jones is Captain Field Day
Junie B. Jones is
Captain Field Day

Junie B. Jones is (Almost) a Flower Girl by Barbara Park 
Junie B. Jones is (Almost)
a Flower Girl

The Graduation of Jake Moon 
The Graduation of
Jake Moon

Visit Junie B.'s own website!

Barbara Park - Author

Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series, provides answers to kids' questions.

Interview

Q: Is Junie B. based on a real person — you when you were a little girl? Did you act and talk like Junie B.? Do you still feel like Junie B. sometimes? Do her situations come from your own life?

A: Junie isn’t based on a real person, although I must admit that she and I do share a few of the same “personality traits.” When I was in first grade, I got sent to the principal for talking. Even now, I don’t have much trouble getting into Junie B.’s 5-year-old frame of mind. But most of her situations are fictional.

Q: How has Junie B. changed as the series progresses?

A: Although her progress has been a little slow, I really do think that by the end of kindergarten she is trying to control herself better in class. Also, in Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl, she happily informs the principal that her grammar has improved a bit!

Q: I laugh really hard when I read about Junie B., especially when my mom and I read them out loud together. Do you laugh out loud when you're writing the books?

A: Yes. As odd as it sounds, sometimes the things that come out of her mouth surprise even me.

Q: Do you think about the kids who read your books when you're writing them?

A: To be honest, when I’m writing a book, I concentrate almost entirely on the story and the characters. I try to please myself with my writing. If I’m happy with my work, I’m hopeful that my readers will be happy with it, too.

Q: Do you know what the characters are going to do before you write, or do you just write the story and see what they do?

A: It’s a little of both, actually. Before I begin I have a loose idea of what’s going to happen in the book. But as the story develops, lots of things happen that I never could have anticipated.

Q: How do you know how young children think? Do you remember your own childhood and your feelings very well, or are you just in tune with kids today (your own or others)?

A: I’ve always maintained that adults and kids aren’t all that different. I still have a lot of the same feelings and frustrations that I had as a kid. For some of us “grownups,” the hardest thing about being an adult is the pressure of always having to act like one.

Q: Did you intend for Junie to appeal to both boys and girls? Were you surprised that both boys and girls liked Junie? Why do you think she is liked?

A: From the time I started writing, I’ve always assumed that if I make my characters amusing enough, boys and girls will like them equally well. Junie B. goes through situations that are common to kids in general, so everyone can identify with her pretty easily. I also think kids like her because she makes mistakes and isn’t perfect.

Q: You always write that Junie B. Jones gets into trouble. Why?

A: I’ve never met a kid who didn’t get into trouble occasionally. If Junie B. went through each day being perfect, there wouldn’t be much of a story to tell.

Q: Have you ever written a story when Junie B. did something really naughty or just too silly? Did you change the story and make it better or more believable?

A: I’m constantly changing the story to try and make it better. Sometimes, as I read over what I have written, I have to “tame” Junie B.’s behavior a bit. Other times I end up making her even sillier.

Q: Junie B. acts really silly and makes up funny words. Do you think her parents think she's funny or do they just ignore her silliness?

A: Like most parents, Junie B.’s parents often have to correct her behavior. But (yay!) there are also occasions when they are totally amused by her. 

Q: My favorite book is Junie B. Jones and the Stupid, Smelly Bus. What's yours?

A: I don’t know if I have an absolute favorite. I liked discovering that Meanie Jim had a crush on Junie B. in Mushy Gushy Valentine. And I also had a good time writing Junie B. Jones Is (Almost) a Flower Girl. In that story, I loved the fact that — although she tried her very best — she was simply unable to act like a grown-up lady. Even now, I have the same problem.

 

Learn more about each of these authors and illustrators:
 

 
  Author

Author

 
  Illustrator

Illustrator

 

 
- - -
 

  illustrator

Allen Say

 
  Author

Arthur Dorros

 
  Illustrator

Ashley Bryan

 
  Author

Barbara Park

 
  Illustrator

Beverly Cleary

 
  illustrator

Bryan Collier

 
  Author

Candace Fleming

 
 

Carmen Rubin

 
  illustrator

Chris Van Allsburg

 
  Author

Cornelia Funke

 
  Author

Dav Pilkey

 
  illustrator

David Kirk

 
  Author

Eoin Colfer

 
  Illustrator

Eric Carle

 
 

Fred Bowen

 
  Author

Gail Carson Levine

 
  Illustrator

Graeme Base

 
  illustrator

Henry Cole

 
  Author

Jack Prelutsky

 
  illustrator

Jerry Pinkney

 
  Author

Jerry Spinelli

 
  Author

Joseph Bruchac

 
  Author

Karen Cushman

 
  Author

Kate DiCamillo

 
  Author

Kathleen Karr

 
 

Laurie Halse Anderson

 
  Author

Lemony Snicket

 
  Author

Lemony Snicket - part 2

 
  illustrator

Lulu Delacre

 
  illustrator

Mark Teague

 
  Author

Mary Pope Osborne

 
  Author

Megan McDonald

 
  Author

Mem Fox

 
  Author

Michelle Y. Green

 
  illustrator

Mo Willems

 
  Author

Nikki Grimes

 
  illustrator

Nina Laden

 
  Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan

 
  Illustrator

Pat Cummings

 
 

R.A. Montgomery

 
  Author

R.L. Stine

 
  Author

R.L. Stine - Part II

 
  illustrator

Rosemary Wells

 
  Author

Sharon Creech

 
  Author

Stan Lee

 
  Illustrator

Tony DiTerlizzi

 
  Author

Wendelin Van Draanen

 
  Author

William Sleator

 
 


For Grown-Ups:

 
 

Top of Page

Reading Is Fundamental