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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

  • My Parrot Eats Baked Beans (Also Photographer), Albert Whitman, 1988
  • James Madison (Biography), Garrett Publishing Company, 1989
  • Herbert C. Hoover, Thirty-first President of the United States (biography), Garrett Publishing Company, 1991
  • Life`s a Funny Proposition, Horatio, Henry Holt, 1999
  • Riding the Wind, Puffin, 1997
  • With One Bold Act, The Story of Jane Adams, Boswell, 1999
  • Why Does the Coqui Sing?, Holiday House, 2004
  • Her Mother's Secret, Allium Press, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

My parrot eats baked beans :
ISBN: 0807553492. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Niles, Ill. :. 1988.

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

James Madison, 4th president of the United States /
ISBN: 0944483224. OCLC Number:

Garrett Educational Corp.,. Ada, Okla. :. ©1989.

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

Life's a funny proposition, Horatio /
ISBN: 014036644X. OCLC Number:

Puffin Books,. New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :. 1994.

Horatio finds life a strange experience as he tries to cope with the death of his father, his mother's new boyfriend, and having to give up his room to his grandfather.

Riding the wind /
ISBN: 0140384243. OCLC Number:

Puffin Books,. New York :. 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 :
ISBN: 0967065801. OCLC Number:

Boswell Books,. Chicago :. [©1999]

Why does the coquí sing? /
ISBN: 0823418170. OCLC Number:

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2004.

When thirteen-year-old Luz and her family move from Chicago to her stepfather's native home of Puerto Rico, she and her brother Rome struggle to adjust and to decide where it is they really belong.

Her mother's secret /
ISBN: 0983193878. OCLC Number:

Allium Press of Chicago,. Forest Park, Ill. :. ©2012.


Carl Sandburg Literary Award (Children`s Literature)

, Notable Book Citation, ALA.

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