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Abby Hargreaves

Staff Writer

Abby Hargreaves is a New Hampshire native living and working as a Children’s Librarian in Washington, D.C. She fulfills the gamut of the librarian stereotype with a love of cats, coffee, and crocheting (and likes a good run of alliteration). Her MLIS degree enjoys the company of a BA in English from Hollins University, making Abby an advocate of women's universities. Her favorite color is yellow.

The Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park is, no doubt, an enduring example of children’s literature. The series, which includes 28 chapter books and three companion books, was published by Random House from 1992 to 2013. The title character, Junie B., is the quintessential Kindergartener in her introductory story, Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus. She’s easily excitable, sure of her opinions, and mischievous. After a tumultuous ride to her first day of school on the bus, Junie B. is determined not to ride it home. This leads her to hide at the school, leaving the adults to worry over her to the point of a climactic resolution.


Here are the ten best quotes from Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus to celebrate the beloved Junie B. and Barbara Park’s illustrious series.


My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don’t like Beatrice. I just like B and that’s all.

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Kindergarten is where you go to meet new friends and not watch TV.


Mother rolled her eyes and looked at the ceiling. I looked up there, too. But I didn’t see anything.

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Frowning is when your eyebrows look grumpy.


I didn’t say hello to her, though. ‘Cause she was from a different street, that’s why.


“It’ll be fun. I promise.”

And so I got on the bus.

And guess what?

It wasn’t fun.

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Books are my favorite things in the whole world!


After we left the nurse, we went to the main office. That’s where the boss of the school lives. His name is Principal.

Principal is a baldy.


Dogs can smell everything. People can mostly just smell big smells. Like stink and flowers and dinner.


And guess what else I saw in the nurse’s office? Band-Aids, that’s what! I love those guys!



Which Junie B. quote speaks to your soul? Tell us in the comments!