Barbara Lynne Park (born April 21, 1947) is an author of children's books.
Barbara Park is the daughter of a merchant and a secretary, Doris and Brooke Tidswell. She grew up in Mount Holly Township, New Jersey. From 1965 to 1967, she attended Rider College, later finishing her B.S. in 1969 at the University of Alabama. She married Richard A. Park in 1969. She has lived in Phoenix, Arizona for almost 30 years and has two sons, Steven and David, who are now both out of college. She is the author of the popular Junie B. Jones children's series. She has won seven Children's Choice Awards, and four Parents' Choice Awards. She has also written many middle grade novels, such as The Kid in the Red Jacket.