Barbara O'Connor

Barbara O'Connor'Barbara was born and raised in South Carolina and draws on her Southern roots to create her stories, settings, and characters. Her award-winning novels for children include  Wish, How to Steal a Dog, The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis, and The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester and are popular read alouds in elementary classrooms.

In addition to seven Parents Choice Awards, Barbara’s distinctions include School Library Journal Best Books, Kirkus Best Books, Bank Street College Best Books, and ALA Notables. She has had books nominated for children’s choice awards in 38 states. Barbara is a popular visiting author at schools and a frequent speaker at conferences around the country.

She currently lives with her husband and two dogs in Asheville, North Carolina, surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. She spends her days drawing on her childhood memories to create her stories.


"Teacher response has been 100% positive to her presentations ...
I can’t wait to have her back next year."

- Heidi Jacobe, Burlington Public Library, Burlington, MA

"Barbara O’Connor’s author presentation today was by far the best I have had the
opportunity to see.
Both children and teachers were spellbound."

- Kevin Porter; teacher; Gibson-Neill Elementary School; Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

" of the stand-out programs in the area."
- Pat Keogh, children’s literature consultant, Weston, MA

"Everything that Ms. O’Connor talked about helped to reinforce the writing program that is in the classroom!"
- Fourth grade teacher, Craneville Elementary School, Dalton, MA