Junie B. Jones at the Carnival

Dr. Homeslice hosts this week’s Carnival of Education.

In response to the New York Times story on parents who disapprove of the Junie B. Jones books, Kim calls Junie a “role model” because she learns from her mistakes.

She is not shielded from the consequences of her actions. It opens up many opportunities for discussion with your children (“Do you think that was a good choice, or a bad choice?”). And it’s really funny. The kids laugh out loud — a lot of times because they get that she is not behaving well.

. . . So Junie B. Jones is a thumbs up in our house complete with some back-talk, bad grammar, poor choices, name-calling, and other questionable behavior.

I Thought a Think, also a Junie fan, wonders how parents deal with Walter the Farting Dog.

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  1. I can understand being a bit nervous that children won’t be taught proper grammar (don’t know enough about this aspect of child language acquisition to comment further), but calling Junie B. loathsome? And the hate mail that the author gets…methinks that some parents need Get a Life hobbies.

  2. I know several women who won’t let their children read Junie B. books. I think of these women more as lemmings. They make parenting choices as a group. Most of their complaints about the books had to do with Junie using the words “stupid” and “dumb”. These words, along with “butt”, have been deemed morally corrupting. They are the same women who got all worked up over the violence in the Power Rangers.

  3. I’ve noticed that children seem to copy what they observe and what they read. If a parent has no problem with their children behaving like Junie B. Jones, then they obviously won’t mind their children reading it.

    I haven’t read the books, so I can’t really voice an opinion about them in particular. But if the main character engages in “back-talk, bad grammar, poor choices, name-calling, and other questionable behavior” then I would not encourage the books for my young children.

    I hope that doesn’t lump me in with the lemmings. But if it does, I can live with that. 🙂

  4. Alex Bensky says:

    By way of full disclosure, I am not a parent, for whatever that’s worth. I took a look at a half dozen of the books at my local Border’s, and I’m at a loss as to what the fuss is about.

    Junie B. is a six year old and she speaks and acts as a six year old tends to do. Her actions are not considered praiseworthy; she usually either is punished for them or learns better on her own. As to talking like a six year old, well, yes, I guess she does. Maybe that’s even a good time for the parent to ask the child how Junie B. should have spoken.