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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Barbara Garland Polikoff  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: 1929

-- Barbara Garland Polikoff on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Barbara Polikoff has been a long time resident of Highland Park, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Although Barbara is a writer she began her career as a teacher at Von Steuben Public High School, Chicago, IL,in 1951. She also worked at the Chicago Natural History Museum, Chicago,as an associate editor of the museum bulletin,

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

My Parrot Eats Baked Beans: Kids Talk About Their Pets
ISBN: 0807553492

Albert Whitman & Co. 1988

Eight young pet owners recount their experiences with and feelings for their pets

James Madison, 4th President of the United States (Presidents of the United States)
ISBN: 0944483224

Garrett Educational Corp. 1989

Traces the childhood, education, employment, political career, and presidency of the statesman from Virginia

Herbert C. Hoover, 31st president of the United States

American Printing House for the Blind. 1991

Life's a Funny Proposition, Horatio
ISBN: 014036644X

Puffin. 1994

Adjusting to his father's death and his family's move to a small Wisconsin town, twelve-year-old Horatio is shaken by the death of his grandfather's beloved dog. Reprint.

Riding the Wind
ISBN: 0140384243

Puffin. 1997

When an inheritance seems to make it possible for Angie to buy the beautiful Arabian she rides at Smitty's stables, she finds her father and a jealous girl standing in her way

With One Bold Act, The Story of Jane Addams
ISBN: 0967065801

Boswell Books. 1999

The life of Jane Addams from birth in tiny Cedarville in 1860 to the culmination of her career, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in l933.Original material included from taped accounts of her apprenticeship and friendship with Jane Addams by Sadie Garland Dreikurs, the author's aunt.

Why Does the Coqui Sing?
ISBN: 0823418170

Holiday House. 2004

Having moved to a poor neighborhood in Puerto Rico, Luz is less than thrilled with the change in her life, but things get better as time moves along and Luz begins to understand her connection to the island and begins to see its diverse beauty with accepting eyes.

Her Mother's Secret
ISBN: 0983193878

Allium Press. 2012

Fifteen-year-old Sarah, the daughter of Jewish immigrants, wants nothing more than to become an artist. But as she spreads her wings she must come to terms with the secrets that her family is only beginning to share with her. Replete with historical details that vividly evoke the Chicago of the 1890s, this moving coming-of-age story is set against the backdrop of a vibrant, turbulent city. Sarah moves between two very different worlds-the colorful immigrant neighborhood surrounding Hull House and the sophisticated, elegant World's Columbian Exposition. This novel eloquently captures the struggles of a young girl as she experiences the timeless emotions of friendship, family turmoil, loss...and first love.


Carl Sandburg Literary Award (Children`s Literature)

, Notable Book Citation, ALA.

Speaking Engagements

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Contact Information Jane Jordan Browne 410 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60605