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"Barry Louis Polisar is the reason a lot of today's artists do what they do so well."

--Kathy O'Connell
Kids Corner, WXPN Radio


"He's wickedly funny!"

Parenting Magazine


"A delightfully subversive antidote to Mr. Rogers."

Tom Lehrer


"A one-man symphony of comic anarchy. At a time when vast numbers of our kids see school as endless drudgery, Polisar says otherwise. He says, isn't the English language fun?"

The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore, Maryland


"He gives kids the giggles. Tons of giggles. And the children might be joined by chuckling parents that Polisar entertained 30 years ago."

The Washington Post
Washington, DC


Discover the ironic back story



Who is Barry Louis Polisar...

...and why are they saying all these things about him?


You have probably heard many of Barry's songs and stories already.

A pioneer in the world of books and music for children, Barry began writing and recording for children in 1975. Decades later, his unique songs and stories are now heard all around the world.

Barry continues to write books, songs, and poems; he visits schools and libraries throughout the United States and has performed at The White House, The Smithsonian and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He was given a Special Library Recognition Award for his "ability to communicate with and excite children to read."

Barry sings his song "All I Want is You" in the opening credits of the film Juno and on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack album. His songs can be heard in movies, television shows, and TV commercials throughout the world.

Barry is a five-time Parents' Choice Award winner and has written songs for Sesame Street and The Weekly Reader. He has been a regular musical performer on The Learning Channel and the star of an Emmy Award-winning television show for children. His books and songs have been translated into other languages and are available internationally.

We're Not Kidding!--a 2-CD Tribute Album--features sixty of Barry's songs performed by musicians from around the world--including many who listened to Barry's songs when they were growing up.

Barry's web site is a free resource for teachers, parents, and kids of all ages; you can listen to his songs and read his books right on the site, watch Barry's videos, or contact him directly to set up a visit at your school or library...or just send him a note and say hello.