The beloved author of the Junie B. Jones series, who wrote more than 30 books––many featuring the feisty elementary-school heroine––passed away on Friday after a long illness. Lin Oliver, SCBWI founder, remembered Park today on her Facebook page with the following tribute: "Reflecting at this moment on Barbara Park, creator of many funny children's books and especially the classic Junie B. Jones books, who passed away today. Junie is such an inspiration for all high spirited girls---I identified with her from the first page. That character will continue to bring so much pleasure to all kids as they wrestle with the adult world. Barbara's life ended way too soon, but in Junie, she leaves a truly meaningful legacy."