Barbara M. Joosse

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Barbara M. Joosse (born February 18, 1949) is an American children's writer. She has been writing for children for over thirty years. She has published thirty-eight books for children, both picture books and chapter books. Through her writing, she aspires to find the things that are the same, and the things that are different, between us all. She has toured worldwide to promote her books, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages.


Mama, Do You Love Me?

  • sold over 1.5 million copies
  • translated into 25 languages
  • Golden Kite Award, 1991
  • American Booksellers “Pick of the List,” 1992
  • California Children’s Book Award, 1992
  • Publishers Weekly “Ten Best Books, 1991”
  • Children’s Book of the Month Club, main selection
  • Parents, Best Book of the Year
  • A Storytime book
  • School Library Journal, starred review
  • Nebraska “Golden Sower Award” nominee

I Love You the Purplest

  • Sold over 400,000 copies (not including book clubs)
  • ABC “Pick of the List”
  • Association of Booksellers for Children, “Best of ‘97”
  • Parents, “Best Books of the Year,” 1996
  • Child Magazine, “Best of ‘96”
  • Council for Wisconsin Writers, Archer Eckblad Award
  • Junior Library Guild Selection

Wild Willie and King Kyle, Detectives

  • Austrian Honor Book

Ghost Trap

  • Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media, Outstanding Achievement
  • Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians “K-3 Favorite Book”

Ghost Wings

  • Starred “Book of Merit,” Five Owls Journal, August, 2001
  • Parents’ Choice 2001 Recommended Winner
  • Kirkus, starred review
  • Parents Magazine, “Best of 2001”
  • New York Times review, October 2001
  • Society of Illustrators, “The Original Art 2001”
  • Five Owls, starred review

Houseful of Christmas

  • Starred review, Publisher’s Weekly, September 2001
  • CCBC Choices, 2001

Lewis and Papa: Adventure on the Santa Fe Trail

  • Show Me Readers Award, Master List
  • Nominee, Children’s Crown Award
  • Indiana Dept. of Education’s Read Aloud List
  • CCBC Choices
  • Nevada Young Reader’s Award

Stars in the Darkness

  • Golden Kite Honor Book for Picture Book Text, 2004, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Top Ten Best Illustrated Books, 2002, New York Times, 2004
  • Bookbuilders West Book Show, Certificate of Excellence
  • “Living the Dream” book award, 2002

Nugget and Darling

  • Wisconsin Library Association, Outstanding Achievement

Dinah’s Mad, Bad Wishes

  • CBC / IRA Children’s Choices, 1990

Hot City

  • Best Picture Book, Council for Wisconsin Writers, 2004
  • Best of 2005, Chicago Libraries
  • School Library Journal, starred, “Book of the Week”
  • CCBC Choices
  • Washington Post, “Best Books of 2004”
  • Read-On Wisconsin, February 2006

Snow Day

  • Scholastic Book Club (2010)

Nikolai, the Only Bear

  • Kirkus, starred review

Papa, Do You Love Me?

  • “Top Book of the Season,” New York Library Association
  • Best of 2005, Chicago Libraries
  • Kirkus, starred review
  • Read-On, Wisconsin
  • ABC Best Books for Children, 2005
  • South Carolina Picture Book Award 2007-8, Nominee

Wind-Wild Dog

  • CCBC Choices
  • Kansas State Reading Circle, Recommended List 2007
  • CCBC Book of the Week 12/13/06

Dead Guys Talk

  • Golden Archer Award Nominee, 2007-8

Sleepover at Gramma’s House

  • Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
  • Book List, starred review
  • Book List, 2010 Editor’s Choice
  • Smithsonian Magazine’s 2010 Notable Books for Children


  • School Library Journal, starred review


Recently Released Books

  • Dog Parade, Fall 2011, Harcourt
  • Old Robert and the Troubadour Cats, Fall 2011, Philomel
  • Lovabye, Dragon, Candlewick
  • Hooray Parade, Viking

Books available

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