Barbara Belford—Bibi—moved from the western suburbs to a condo in the Chicago loop to spend more time on writing. In her career in education in Aurora, Illinois she’s been a classroom teacher, a reading teacher, a literacy coach, and a reading consultant. She’s incurably addicted to working with students, now volunteering in a CPS school in Bronzeville and consulting in public schools while working on her middle grade novels. Canned and Crushed-2015, The Gift-2016, Crossing the Line-2017 (A Christopher Award Winner), and Another D for DeeDee-2018, all published by Sky Pony.
Her goal is to write books the students she’s taught will want to read, with characters they can identify with, to inspire them to make positive changes in the world around them. One of her greatest joys was reading the Advanced Reading Copy of Canned and Crushed to her former students who’d promised they’d read a book if she wrote one. She loves visiting her former school that is the only place she has celebrity status. She earned her BA in English and Education, and her MA in Bilingual Literacy with endorsements in ESL and Reading. She’s a member of Chicago Writers Association, SCWBI, and ACWF.