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Junie B. Jones

Updated on June 11, 2015

Books that Make you Laugh

The first Junie B. Jones book was published in July 1992. Since that time, Barbara Park has written a total of twenty-seven Junie B. books and sold more than 43 million copies!

Ms. Park is considered one of today’s funniest children's authors. Her Junie B. Jones early chapter books are consistently on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.Despite the best-seller status, this series is actually controverisal! Junie B. is a bit of a smart aleck, she doesn't use proper grammar, and she has a temper. In the spirit of Pippi Longstocking or Ramona Quimby, Junie B. is a fiesty girl who finds herself in many humorous misadventures.

The books follow Junie B. through her kindergarten and  first grade school years. Appropriately, the target audience for these books are 4-8 year old readers, especially girls, but many boys love the crazy antics of Junie B.

The Junie B. Jones series are early chapter books, great for motivating reluctant learners to read because of their silly but very realistic humor.

Junie B. Jones Online

Find Junie B. printables or online games. Read an interview with the author Barbara Park. Or find out more about the controversy over Junie B. through these links.

Boxed Sets -- Junie B. in Kindergarten - books one through sixteen

These sixteen titles, packaged in four boxed sets, follow Junie B.'s hilarious adventures through her kindergarten year.

Junie B. Jones's First Boxed Set Ever! (Books 1-4)
Junie B. Jones's First Boxed Set Ever! (Books 1-4)

This set includes the first four books:

#1. Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus,

#2. Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business,

#3. Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth,

#4. Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying.

 
Junie B. Jones's Second Boxed Set Ever! (Books 5-8)
Junie B. Jones's Second Boxed Set Ever! (Books 5-8)

This set includes the books five through eight:

#5. Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake,

#6. Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim's Birthday,

#7. Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren,

#8. Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed.

 
Junie B. Jones's Third Boxed Set Ever! (Books 9-12)
Junie B. Jones's Third Boxed Set Ever! (Books 9-12)

This set includes books nine through twelve:

#9. Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook,

#10. Junie B. Jones Is a Party Animal,

#11. Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy,

#12. Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy.

 
Junie B. Jones's Fourth Boxed Set Ever! (Books 13-16)
Junie B. Jones's Fourth Boxed Set Ever! (Books 13-16)

This set includes books thirteen through sixteen:

#13. Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl,

#14. Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine,

#15. Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket,

#16. Junie B. Jones Is Captain Field Day.

 

My Own Opinions on Junie B.

I am currently homeschooling my daughter. I also have experience teaching in public schools. So what do I think of Junie B. Jones? Are these books worth buying? Are they worth reading?

Well, I'll admit, no, Junie B. books are not quality literature. They do not qualify as living books. Instead, they are fun, silly, simple books for developing readers to breeze through just for fun.

Consider them the Twinkies of your reading diet. A Twinkie every now and then is okay. An entire diet of them would not be good. Junie B. Jones novels are not the meat of your child's reading diet. They are an occasional treat or dessert. But used as such, they do have a place in a home library. Hodgepodge Mom agrees with me.

Don't worry. Your child will outgrow the silly humor and crazy grammar quickly enough. But at the stage between five and eight years old, Junie B. can be a lot of fluffy fun. And isn't childhood just the time for such things?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Barkely: I love Junie B Jones

      I sill love Junie B Jones books and i`m 14Teen

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      MyTimeAlone 5 years ago

      I agree with you, they are twinkies. I've banned them because of the horrendous grammar.

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      babyandme 5 years ago

      The Junie B. Jones books are funny, silly books and perhaps they are alright for once in a while. I used to really enjoy reading these books with my children, but have come to dislike them. My four year old was enjoying reading them, but it didn't last long. I dislike the improper use of language, and the rude language that Junie uses. I think that they could have been cute books to read with beginning readers, but don't think that they are the best due to the improper use of grammar. Instead the Winnie the Pooh books by A.A. Milne or the Little Bear books are some that I would recommend and our my family's favorites. For beginning readers I might suggest the Magic Tree House books. I did not care for them that much, but my daughter and son enjoyed reading them when they were five and six.

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      jenniferteacher1 5 years ago

      I teach at an immersion elementary school, and my students love Junie B. Jones. Like most of their reading choices, it's not art, but all but one or two are reluctant readers, so I'll take what I can get!

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      sherel57 6 years ago

      I am an adult and I introduced my daughter to Junie B. when she was five years old. I love Junie B. books.

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      My second graders loved this series

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      Jeremy 6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      You're the first Charlotte Mason teacher I've come across who has said that twinkies once in a while are okay. It's refreshing to see someone who doesn't categorically reject all twaddle.

      Junie B. books helped my daughter cross the bridge into chapter books. The whole time she was reading them, she would point out the silly grammar and spellings.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

      Junie B. Jones was my favorite little first grader (besides my own). I can only think she and Ramona would have been best friends. Maybe the two authors could collaborate - Junie meets Ramona. Huh? This is a fabulous lens. *blessed*

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      lilgirllapbooker 6 years ago

      I did enjoy it when a Junie B book was read to me at story time when my daughter was 6...ahh those were the days! I believe that anyone who refuses to read these books because they don't use correct grammer all the time...! Well, Let me just say, they are missing out!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @ILoveLegosToo: I think her books should be BANNED! Her books do NOT have proper word frazes!

      EX: I runned to Grandma Miller.

      Which it should be: I ran to Grandma Miller.

      Are we trying to help our kids read or are we trying to get them confused?!

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      Tom Fattes 7 years ago from Naperville, IL

      All my kids loved Junie B Jones. They were one of the first books they would read on their own. Love the lens. Lensrolling to my Books for 1st Graders lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i love junie b i have her books i just have 9 or 8 i really love junie b jones she is funny and cute

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      I particularly enjoyed your personal opinions on this lens. We did not read Junie B. Jones -- the boys were not interested -- but I know she has many fans. Blessed by a brand-new SquidAngel.

      Brenda

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      luvmyludwig lm 8 years ago

      I love Junie B.!!!

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Sounds like great escape reading. Kids need that, too -- especially today!

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      LemonTreeDesigns 8 years ago

      Great lens! My daughter used to love Junie B. The books are hilarious. I think there's a bit of Junie in every little girl!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hey, Junie B., Why don't you make a book about you meeting a new girl named Issabel? Accually, i'm writing a book about that. I'm on chapter 2. I think it's an okay book.

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      AlisonMeacham 9 years ago

      My children love the Junie B books. When I first discovered them a few years ago I didn't like the appalling grammar. However it encourages the children to read so that is fine by me and I have learned to relax about it!

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      Julianne Gentile 9 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      My daughter just loved these books when she was first learning to read. I enjoyed them, too!

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      LittleLambs 9 years ago

      I love Junie B. Jones! I taught first grade for 8 years and my kids always loved these books.

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I was dubious at first about my daughter reading books with bad grammar etc in 1st grade, but she loved the books and they encouraged her reading.

      5 ***** for a great lens.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I LOVE YOUR BOOKS! JUNIE B.! aND BY THE WAY THIS MIGHT SOUND CRAZEY. MAKE A BOOK ABOUT YOU AND TATTALE MAY THAT YOU ARE BEING KIND TO EACH OTOHR ON A FILD TRIP.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      The Purple Gallinules just flew over to check out your lens. We love Junie B.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi, what a great lens. I will have to checkthe books out. Please stop by my group "Get Kids Reading" www.squidoo.com/groups/getkidsreading and add your lens to our list.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Two of my daughters have read all of the Junie B. Jones books and loved them. I like them too. It is a nice fun read no matter what your age. We recently discovered Clementine. We like her a lot too. If you haven't read Clementine, I would encourage you to do so, especially if you have a child with ADHD, like I do.

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      Barkely 9 years ago

      Even my son loves Junie B.