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"Barry Louis Polisar is among a handful of artists who have changed the musical landscape. He's 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.

Barry sings his song "All I Want is You" in the opening credits of the film Juno and on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack.

His songs can be heard in other movies and television shows and are featured on TV commercials that air throughout the world.

His books have been translated into other languages and are also available internationally.

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.

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. Another group of "grown-up" fans wrote, produced and performed a musical play based on Barry's songs.

Barry has had his songs translated and recorded in Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Yiddish, and other languages.

A pioneer in the world of books and music for children, Barry paved the way for an entire generation of musicians who perform for kids when he 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 and visit schools and libraries throughout the United States. He 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's web site is a resource for teachers, parents and kids of all ages; you can listen to his songs and read his books for free, watch videos, or contact him directly to set up a visit at your school or library...or just send him a note and say hello.