Barbara Allman


Dear Girls and Boys,
When I was a girl I loved to read. I could spend an entire summer's day lost in a book. One of my favorites was On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Being the oldest of seven children was great. I liked reading to my brothers and sisters. It was fun to write plays for us all to perform at Christmas. What do you and your family like to read? What do you like to write? Do you write fiction or nonfiction? Do you write plays, poems, or letters?

For many years I was a teacher at Jim Thorpe Elementary. Later, I became a reading specialist. I enjoyed helping children with their reading.

Next, I worked for a publisher of school materials, Frank Schaffer Publications. I was the editor of a magazine for teachers called Schooldays. Have you ever wondered who wrote your workbooks and activity pages? Maybe I did! I have written more than seventy teacher resource books, student textbooks, and activity books.

I wrote my first biography, Her Piano Sang, because no one had written a book for children that told the story of a woman composer. My second book, Dance of the Swan tells the story of Anna Pavlova, who is considered by many to be the greatest ballerina ever to grace a stage. I like to write about artists and I like to sing and dance. What kinds of music do you like? Do you like to dance?

Selected Works

Middle-grade Biography
Dance of the Swan: A Story About Anna Pavlova
Teachers! Click here for a follow-up cooking activity.
Middle-Grade Biography
Her Piano Sang: A Story about Clara Schumann
Kids! Click here for some musical writing fun.
Short Story
Social Studies
A World in Focus: Central and South America
Teachers! Click here for an introductory activity.

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