Born: October 24, 1927
Died: July 9, 2013
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, a school teacher, encouraged her to read books. Robinson began writing early and never stopped. She graduated from Allegheny College with a degree Theatre, and after graduation, continued to live in the suburbs of Philadelphia. 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 book and its sequel, The Best School Year Ever (1994), published over two decades later. Robinson has also written numerous short stories that have appeared in Redbook, McCall’s, and Ladies Home Journal. Robinson died of cancer on July 9, 2013 at her home in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. She was married and had two daughters.
Breadloaf Fellow, 1962; Georgia Children’s Book Award, 1976, and Young Hoosier Book Award, 1978, both for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.