Barbara Diamond Goldin
Photo by Geraldine Unger
Barbara Diamond Goldin has written picture books, story collections, non-fiction, retellings, and historical fiction. In 1997, she received the prestigious Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries. This award is presented to the author whose collected works are a distinguished contribution to Jewish literature for children. "Goldin's consistently commendable and recommendable books combine talented writing, solid research, personal commitment and deep caring."
Barbara is currently the director of a public library after being a children's librarian for eleven years. She also leads writing workshops and speaks about being a writer to school and library groups. Before becoming a librarian, Barbara taught language arts and creative writing to 5th through 8th graders, and before that was a preschool teacher. Her B.A. is in psychology from the University of Chicago, and she did postgraduate work in education at Western Washington University and Boston University. She received a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Simmons College in 2011.
Barbara Diamond Goldin says, "As a child, I was an avid reader, letter-writer, and frequenter of the public library. When I reached babysitting age, I discovered I loved making up and telling stories to my charges who would ask to have me back so they could hear the sequels to my stories. Later as an adult I turned the stories I told into written stories.
"When writing, I dig into my past, my childhood, my family, and my personal experiences for material. I also research my subjects thoroughly and feel this adds depth to what I write. I love folklore and religion and the psychology of why people act the way they do. I find that often during the process of writing, I touch on questions and feelings that are closest to me.
"My ideas often come from my own past and my family's past, from experiences I have had and from conversations I overhear or participate in. The ideas can also come from dreams and visual images that pop into my mind, sometimes while I'm driving. Then I have to pull over, get out my pencil and paper and write feverishly, hoping I'll be able to read my handwriting later.
"My favorite place to work is in the college library near my house. I always heave a sigh of relief when I step into the peace and quiet of the library, knowing I have a few uninterrupted hours of writing ahead of me.
"I still love to write and research and discover new worlds on paper. I even discover things about myself and my family. Writing is an exciting process for me. I'm never certain when I sit down to write what the next few hours will bring."
(OP) indicates that title is out of print or out of stock indefinitely. Some out-of-print titles are available from the author.
Note: PJ Library distributes paperback versions of the following titles of mine to a large audience of people who sign up for its program offering free titles on Jewish subjects: Cakes and Miracles, The Magician's Visit, A Mountain of Blintzes, Night Lights, The Passover Cowboy, and The World's Birthday.
Gear Up Series: A Biography of Benjamin Banneker, 2006; Storytelling, 2006; How the Great Mountains Came to Be, 2006
Sunshine Series: Honey Hunt, 2001; Oseola McCarty Woke Up the World, 2001; Lilly in the Spotlight, 2001; Louis Armstrong: Jazzing Up the Music, 2001; Berry Treats, 2001
Wildcats Series: Picture This! (Old Sam's Secret), June 2001; River Wild (RiverKeepers), September 2001
Lost in Colonial Days, 2006; Whistler’s Gift, 2006
Fannie Lou Hamer, 2007; Maya Angelou, 2008; Dancing in America, 2008 (OP)
Author of retelling of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty for boxed editions of compact discs, BMG Music, 1993. Contributor of story to The Haunted House, edited by Jane Yolen and Martin H. Greenberg, HarperCollins, 1995; contributor of story to The Hanukkah Treasury, edited by Eric Kimmel, Holt, 1998; also contributor of articles and reviews to children's magazines and newspapers, including Highlights, Cricket, Shofar, Seattle's Child, Child Life, and Jack and Jill.
Agent: Scott Treimel New York