Barry Louis Polisar

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Barry Louis Polisar is an author and singer-songwriter who writes children's music and numerous children's books, poems and stories.


Polisar has traveled throughout the United States and Europe as a visiting author in schools and libraries. He is a five-time Parents' Choice Award winner and has performed in The White House, The Smithsonian and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has written songs for Sesame Street and The Weekly Reader, has starred in an Emmy Award-winning television show for children and has been featured regularly on The Learning Channel.[1][2]

Polisar works with literacy groups, media specialists, reading teachers, and Title I programs in schools and has won a Special Library Recognition Award for his "ability to communicate with and excite children to read".

Polisar's song "All I Want Is You" was featured during the opening credits of Jason Reitman's film Juno.[3] This song is featured on advertisements of the National Lottery (United Kingdom), the Honda Civic "Date With a Woodsman", and the Del Monte Foods "Bursting with Life".[4]

A two-disc tribute album, compiled by Aaron Cohen of the Radioactive Chicken Heads entitled "We're Not Kidding! A Tribute to Barry Louis Polisar" was released in 2010. The album features covers of 60 of Polisar's songs by artists such as DeLeon, Rebecca Loebe, The Radioactive Chicken Heads, Tor Hyams, and Barry Louis Polisar's son Evan Polisar.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Polisar was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Maryland. He began his career when he moved to Montgomery County, Maryland.[6]


  • Polisar's TV show Field Trip won two Emmy Awards in its first season.[7]
  • Polisar's recordings have won four (5) different Parents' Choice Awards.[1]
  • In 2008, Barry won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Children's Music Web for "three decades of being a distinctive voice for kids."[8]
  • Numerous Children's Music Web Awards for Best Children's Recording, Best New Song, and Best "Classic" recording.
  • Polisar's book Insect Soup won a Parents' Guide Award for Outstanding Children's Books.[9]
  • Polisar's Scrapbook video won a National Media Gold Award and an award from the Coalition on Quality Children's Recordings.
  • Two Maryland State Artist Awards.
  • Polisar's recording of Old Dogs, New Tricks was named "one of the twenty best Children's Recordings of all time" in The American Library Association's Children's Jukebox and Award Hall of Fame.[10]
  • Maryland Library Association's Special Recognition Award for his "contributions on behalf of children of all ages" for his "ability to communicate with children and excite them to read."



  • Old Enough to Know Better
  • A Little Different
  • Juggling Babies
  • Naughty Songs for Boys & Girls
  • Teachers Favorites
  • Old Dogs, New Tricks
  • Family Trip
  • Family Concert
  • I Eat Kids and Other Songs for Rebellious Children
  • My Brother Thinks He's a Banana and other Provocative Songs for Children
  • Captured Live and in the Act
  • Songs for Well Behaved Children
  • Stanley Stole My Shoelace and Rubbed it in His Armpit and Other Songs My Parents Won't Let Me Sing
  • Off-Color Songs for Kids



  • Insect Soup
  • Peculiar Zoo
  • A Little Less Noise
  • Don't Do That
  • The Trouble With Ben
  • Snakes! and the Boy Who Was Afraid of Them
  • The Snake Who Was Afraid of People
  • The Haunted House Party
  • Dinosaurs I Have Known
  • Noises From Under the Rug
  • Telling the Story: A Passover Haggadah Explained
  • Stolen Man: The Story of the Amistad Rebellion
  • Curious Creatures
  • Something Fishy
  • Retelling Genesis


  1. ^ a b "Maryland State Arts Council - Advancing the Arts Across Maryland". Maryland State Arts Council website. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  2. ^ "Invitation From Bush For Polisar". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  3. ^ "Sound track for Juno (2007)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  4. ^ "10 Ads Based on Barry Louis Polisar Music". Yannig Roth / This is my blog. 2015-04-04. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  5. ^ McNamara, Caitlin (24 December 2009). "Children's Songwriter Paid Tribute by Fans Who Became Musicians". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Md. musician featured in 'Juno' to perform, DC". Associated Press. 30 January 2010.
  7. ^ Burris, Joe (2008-01-30). "'Juno' gives rebirth to songwriter's career". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  8. ^ "Grammy Nomination and Lifetime Award Reveal Barry Louis Polisar's Staying Power". PRWeb. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  9. ^ "Insect soup - About This Book". Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  10. ^ Reid, Rob (1995-01-01). Children's Jukebox: A Subject Guide to Musical Recordings and Programming Ideas for Songsters Ages One to Twelve. American Library Association. pp. 12, 15. ISBN 9780838906507.
  11. ^ Contrera, Jessica; Contrera, Jessica (2015-04-17). "How Barry Louis Polisar became the king of kids' music". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  12. ^ "We're Not Kidding! A Tribute to Barry Louis Polisar". Parents' Choice Foundation. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  13. ^ "Family Times is an award-winning magazine with staff-written news, feature stories and artwork that inform and inspire Central New York parents and their children. - Search Results". Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  14. ^ "2012 GRAMMY Winner - All About Bullies Big and Small". All About Bullies Big and Small. Retrieved 2017-02-28.

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