Farewell, Junie B. Jones


I was saddened to learn that Barbara Park passed away recently. She had created a character in Junie B. Jones that my two daughters really enjoyed reading about. Whenever a character appeals to a child, that child wants to keep coming back for more. And so it was with Junie B. Jones.

When I was younger, I was a fan of the Great Brain Series by John D. Fitzgerald. I read several books in the series, and if there are some that I haven’t yet read, I’ll have to search them out and give them a read, too. All I know is that they made me want to read, and that feeling never really left me. I’m so grateful that it hasn’t, too.

My girls have several Junie B. Jones books in their rooms, and I think I’ll dig one of them out and read it to whoever is interested tonight. But I’m grateful that this character brought reading and laughter to my girls, and I hope it stays with them throughout their lives, as well. There may not be a better legacy for anyone leave behind.

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