Joosse, Barbara


Barbara Joose - Photo from Macmillan PublishingBarbara Joosse is the author of more than 30 books for children, which have been translated into 24 languages. She is a native of Wisconsin, currently living in Cedarburg, and she attended UW-Madison. Joosse and her husband Chuck have 3 grown children, Maaike, Anneke, and Rob, and two dogs, Nugget and Poppy.

Joosse was not always a fan of books and libraries, until she first read the Eloise books — about children who were naughty and nice. Joosse also eventually discovered that libraries were more than places where you were supposed to be neat, and quiet, and not giggle — they are places where kids can find out about whatever they want.

Joosse has won many awards for her children’s books, including: 10 Best Illustrated Books, New York Times; Best Picture Book Text, Society of Children’s Book Writers; New York Library Association Top Book of the Season; Chicago Library’s Best; ABC’s Best Books for Children;  New York Library Association Best of the Season;  Chicago Libraries Best; CCBC 2005 Choices; Book of the Week, Booklist; and Kansas State Reading Circle’s  recommended list.

Selected Work

I Love You the Purplest

I Love You the Purplest, by Barbara Joosse

Title: I Love You the Purplest

Author: Joosse, Barbara

Illustrator: Whyte, Mary

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Year: 1996

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 0811807185; 978-0811807180

Dimensions: 28cm x 27 cm

MARC Record

In I Love You the Purplest, two brothers take a fishing trip with their mom. They ask Mama who has the best worms and who catches the most fish, and finally, who she loves the most. Mama explains that she loves each of them in their own special way–exuberant Max the reddest and quiet Julian the bluest. Together, she loves her sons the purplest. (Description from Barbara Joosse’s official website.)

Other Works

Stars in the Darkness. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Chronicle, 2002.

Papa, Do You Love Me? Illustrated by Barbara Lavallee. Chronicle, 2005.

Hot City. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Philomel, 2004.

Wind-Wild Dog. Illustrated by Katie Keisler. Henry Holt and Co., 2006.

For a full list of Joosse’s books, see the lists on her web site (partial), Amazon, and the Children’s Literature Network.

More Information

Barbara Joose’s official website

Macmillan Books Author page for Barbara Joosse


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