Barbara has always loved children’s literature. Some of her favorite picture book authors are Eric Carle, Denise Fleming, Patricia Polacco, Mem Fox, Jan Brett, Graeme Base, Allen Say, Lois Ehlert,and William Steig. She also enjoys reading series books like Catwings, Nate the Great, and Boxcar Children mysteries. Barbara has many hobbies in addition to reading. She likes to sew and she is learning to knit and crochet. She also makes cards and jewelry. Barbara has a husband and four sons. She also has two grandsons and two granddaughters. Over the years, her family has had many pets including a calico cat named Missy, a poodle-mix dog named Ozzie, guinea pig named The Duke of Earle, and a rabbit named Bo-ku.