Barbara Robinson was born Barbara Jean Webb on October 24, 1927, in Portsmouth, Ohio. She began writing in elementary school as a hobby and for fun. She received a BA in theatre from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania and worked as a librarian before beginning her writing career.
She wrote her stories as a reader, anxious to see what would be on the next page. “Sometimes the characters step in and show me what happens next.”
Her most famous and popular title is the hilarious The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The Best School Year Ever and The Best Halloween Ever also starred the irrepressible Herdman family. Robinson died on July 9, 2013.