Barbara Spilman Lawson
Barb Lawson grew up in Waynesboro, VA. She graduated from James Madison University with an early childhood education degree and became a Kindergarten teacher. She loved kids, she loved to sing, she loved telling stories, so things worked out well in the Kindergarten world. She taught for 22 years and had a blast! Then, Barb got the opportunity to write teacher materials for some major educational publishers. So off she went, into the world of writing. That was great, but Barb still wanted to work with kids, so for the past 16 years she has been a professional storyteller. She LOVES it! In 2014, Barb was selected by the Virginia Commission for the Arts to be one of their Performing Artists, traveling across Virginia telling stories and teaching workshops. In 2000, Barb founded Barb Lawson Books (formally Fun Stuff Publications), a company that produces books and materials to help teachers with Virginia Standards of Learning. She has written and illustrated more than 30 books for Barb Lawson Books. All her books meet the newest SOL Social Studies standards (fully implemented in 2018).