Junie B. Jones – The “B” stands for Beatrice, but today we are calling the author of the Junie B. Jones series, Barbara Park our “B”eloved favorite. Ms. Park recently died of ovarian cancer at the age of 66. When my husband read aloud this headline to our children while perusing the news, our girls had tears in their eyes. Emily and Elaina’s first chapter books were the hilarious Junie B. Jones series. Junie B’s “huffy breath”, wise cracks and less-than-perfect way with the English language have had our entire family in stitches. I can recall more than one occasion where reading could commence only after the laughter ceased. With titles like Stupid Smelly Bus and Sneeky Peeky Spying, my boys (ages 5 & 6) are anxious to delve into the world of the precocious kindergartener.
“I’ve never been sure whether Junie B.’s fans love her in spite of her imperfections…or because of them. But either way, she’s gone out into the world and made more friends than I ever dreamed possible.” – Barbara Park
In memory of Barbara Park and her delightfully funny character, Junie B. Jones, read one of over 30 books and visit the official Junie B. Jones website for loads of fun. Be prepared to laugh out loud!!! To Ms. Park, Thank You and God Bless You!