R.I.P. Barbara Park, author of the beloved “Junie B. Jones” books. Park has passed away at 66 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. With irreverent, slangy titles such as “Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus” or “Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants,” the six-year-old’s adventures are instantly relatable to kids, and became classics for all of us who grew up with them.
Park lives on through the “Junie B. Jones” books—all of which you can buy here—and in the series’ interactive website.
After a good few minutes of starring at Barbra Park’s face, I realized that this woman came to my elementary school to talk about her books. I have a signed copy of the “First Grader (at last!)” book at my house. I had no idea she passed - best wishes to her family.