Barbara Sharf

Barbara Sharf is a children’s book author and actor who loves writing fun, quirky picture books. Her love for animals frequently shines through in her work. Just ask her dog, Sophie! Originally from Philadelphia, Barbara now lives in Tampa Bay, Florida. This is her first children’s book.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Dr. Seuss
Stan and Jan Berenstain
J.K. Rowling

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

Not being read to as a child made me realize the importance of reading to my own children. Besides reading books to them, I made up stories that they loved. The by-product was not only creating a wonderful bond with my kids, but me becoming a children’s book author!

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

My advice would be to learn the process of writing by attending workshops. Join a critique group. Write what you love. Write, rewrite, write some more, and don’t rush to finish.