Born: October 24, 1927
Ohio connection: Birth
Barbara Robinson was born in the southern Ohio river town of Portsmouth and her writing has been greatly influenced by her life in a small town. Robinson's father died when she was three and her mother's only extravagance was books. Robinson began writing early and never stopped. She graduated from Allegheny College and continues to live in Pennsylvania. Robinson's award-winning title The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1972) was adapted into a play and a television screenplay. The six cigar-smoking Herdman kids and their outrageous antics are featured in this story and its sequel, The Best School Year Ever (1994), published over two decades later. Robinson has written short stories, plays, and poetry but is happiest when writing for children.
Breadloaf Fellow, 1962; Georgia Children's Book Award, 1976, and Young Hoosier Book Award, 1978, both for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.