Barbara Jean Hicks, Children’s Book Author

A Sister More Like MeAn Amazing SnowmanMonsters Don't Eat Broccoli
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  • My children were thrilled with your presentation. Thanks for getting them all excited about writing!

    Suzanne Arrache, 1st grade Teacher, Virginia Ave. Elementary School, Bakersfield CA

  • Engaging... The students' excitement for writing shone through even after the event.

    Amy Hayes, 1st Grade Teacher, Briarwood Elementary School, Renton WA

  • Your program was a hit—thank you!

    Merle Green, Children's Liaison, Darrington Library and Darrington Elementary School, Darrington WA

  • Your presentation material was spot on, but more importantly we had a chance to see the heart of a writer. Thank you!  

    Paul Borchert, Librarian, Maplewood Parent Cooperative School, Edmonds WA

  • Ms. Hicks's presentation focused on the writing process and personal engagement with writing. A wonderful morning!

    Frances Gregory, Librarian, Spruce Elementary School, Edmonds WA

  • A peek into the life of an author who writes from her heart and her life experience. A dynamic presentation!

    Holly Kunkle, Library Media/Technician, Flory Academy of Sciences and Technology, Moorpark CA

  • Your stories captivated our imagination, young and old.

    Malee Her, Kindergarten Teacher, Harvest Elementary School, Delano CA

  • Thanks for the wonderful program. The children and grownups both loved it.

    Ian Rosen, Children's Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library, Westchester-Loyola Village Branch, Los Angeles CA

  • Your read-alouds were amazing, and my students learned so much about picture books. The highlight of the semester for my Children's Literature classes.

    Claudia Reder, Lecturer, English and Literature, Cal State University at Channel Islands, Camarillo CA

  • It was wonderful to have a real author at our school! All of us have used you in our writing lessons this week.

    Patti Holland, 1st grade Teacher, Red Oak Elementary School, Oak Park CA

  • An amazing day for our entire school! What an impact you have made on our students and staff. I even had one parent tell me this morning that her daughter wants to be a writer!

    Susan Fiebig, Librarian, Bernice Vossbeck Elementary School, Lynden WA

  • The Story Queen went above and beyond! Her presentation was engaging for children of all ages and the kids loved the sing-a-long.

    Jackie Stark, Washington Reading Corps, Sunnyland Elementary School, Bellingham WA

Story Princess

I never asked to be a queen.

I didn’t even ask to be a princess. And I certainly didn’t grow up in a palace. It wasn’t exactly a shoe, but for a lot of years I was one of seven kids spilling out the doors and windows of a teeny two-bedroom, one-bath house.

What I did have was a mom and dad who treated their children royally. How? They loved and respected us as unique individuals. They honored learning, collected books and read to us every day—the funny papers, adventure stories, poetry, the dictionary, encyclopedia entries.

Our parents took us to Sunday school, where we learned (and memorized) the beautiful English of King James. They filled our home with music. They taught us to care for the cats, turtles, chickens and fish that paraded through our house and leave the tiny shrew that cowered under the living room sofa in peace. They took us on road trips to see the country—and visit a slew of aunts, uncles, cousins and our Grandma Lizzie Lou, who was a born storyteller.

In short, we lived in a kingdom of imagination, language and love, the very best sort of world for a story queen-in-training. My childhood nurtured my imagination, stimulated my curiosity and created memories—the places from which stories spring.

I’ve written about monsters and cats and boys and broccoli in my children’s books. More recently, I’ve written about the princess sisters in Disney’s Oscar-winning animated film, Frozen.  Inspired by the pure gumption of Elsa and Anna of Arendelle, I don my tiara and gown for appearances in schools and bookstores and anywhere else I’m invited to read my books and tell my becoming-an-author story. I share what I’ve learned about writing and encourage others, young and old, to express their unique insights in stories of their own. I especially love to help young authors shine.

I never asked to be a queen, but here I am—Barbara Jean, the Story Queen. If the crown fits, I say wear it. We all deserve to sparkle!

So come on in to my virtual palace. Poke around. Take the secret passage to my Facebook page. Send me a note. Invite me to your school, your conference, your bookstore—your palace, wherever and whatever that is. I hope to meet you in person very soon.


Parsnip Front Cover


Join Little Red and Old Bully Wolf on a madcap shopping spree through the marvelous Fairytale Market! Little Red is looking for parsnips, but Mr. Wolf is here for the stew-worthy trio of famous pigs who run the store. Can Little Red foil the wolf’s devious plans? Or will Mr. Wolf finally take his revenge on Red?


ONCE UPON A PARSNIP is rhyming fun with no agenda–but if kids take away new ideas about good manners and healthy eating, we wouldn’t be surprised… And it’s most excellent for farmers too! 15% of all online sales in April, May and June 2016 go to the Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network’s Farm2School program, which places local farmers’ produce on school lunch menus, and GrowingGreat, which provides hands-on science, garden and nutrition education in schools and communities and connects schools to local farmers’ markets. In production NOW and available for pre-purchase! Visit my SquareUp Store to order.


Happy exploring—

Barbara Jean Hicks

The Story Queen

BJ Hicks