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"It is the rare children's entertainer who can actually capture the attention of both kids and their parents. Barry Louis Polisar does it and you can't help but laugh."

All Things Considered
National Public Radio



"This award goes to a delightful man who has helped us all remember how to laugh at ourselves and delight in the ridiculous. It honors a man whom Booklist Magazine has said is a refreshing alternative; one who emphasizes respecting children as they are and who has captured their fears, excitement and wonder to reveal the humor in it all."

Library Association Awards Committee

Barry's Awards


In 2009, Juno won a Grammy Award for "Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For a Motion Picture." Barry's song All I Want is You is the first song in the film and the opening song on the soundtrack recording.

In 2012 All About Bullies won a Grammy Award for "Best Children's Recording." This compilation album is the second Grammy Award winning recording that Barry has been involved with--and features Barry performing his song Town of Round as a poem. The album also won a Parents' Choice Award.




We're Not Kidding! A Tribute to Barry Louis Polisar received a 2010 Parents' Choice Award in October, 2010 from the Parents' Choice Awards Foundation. This is Barry's fifth Parents' Choice award.





We're Not Kidding! A Tribute to Barry Louis Polisar received a NAPPA GOLD AWARD in 2010. This National Parenting Publication Award Honor was awarded in the music category.





In 2008, Barry won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Children's Music Web for "three decades of being a distinctive voice for kids."







Barry's 2-CD collection of his "worst" songs Old Enough To Know Better received a NAPPA AWARD in 2007. This National Parenting Publication Honor was awarded in the music category.




All About Following Your Dreams is another compilation album that featured Barry's music. It won an additional NAPPA GOLD AWARD in 2013.






Barry's TV show Field Trip won two different Emmy Awards. Barry starred in and hosted this series for children which was broadcast nationally. He also wrote the theme song, incidental music and contributed to the scripts of this award-winning educational television show for children.



Barry's book Insect Soup won a Parents' Guide Award for Outstanding Children's Books.









Barry's recordings for children have won mulitple awards from the Parents Choice Foundation. Barry has received Parents' Choice Awards for his recordings Old Dogs, New Tricks and A Little Different as well as Barry's Scrapbook, and I'm A Three-Toed, Triple-Eyed, Double-Jointed Dinosaur and the 2010 release of We're Not Kidding! A Tribute to Barry Louis Polisar




Barry's audio recordings for children have also won a number of Children's Music Web Awards for Best Children's Album, Best Recording for Toddlers, Best "Classic" Recording for Children and Best New Song for Older Children. Barry's award-wnning titles include A Little Different, Juggling Babies, Famiy Trip, and the song, I'm A Slug.


Barry's Scrapbook video won a National Media Gold Award and an award from the Coalition on Quality Children's Media.





All About Bullies received a 2011 Parents' Choice Award from the Parents' Choice Awards Foundation. Barry's song "Town of Round" (performed by Barry as a poem) is included in this collection.







Barry has won two Maryland State Individual Artist Awards. He has also been awarded over two dozen arts grants to help low income schools fund author visits.






Barry's recording of Old Dogs, New Tricks was named "one of the twenty best Children's Recordings of all time" in The American Library Association's Children's Jukebox and listed in their Award Hall of Fame. Barry's early recordings are archived in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


All About Following Your Dreams received a 2012 Parents' Choice Award from the Parents' Choice Awards Foundation. Barry's song "I'd Be Me" is included in this collection.






Barry won the Maryland Library Association's Special Recognition Award for his "contributions on behalf of children of all ages" for his "ability to communicate with children and excite them to read."





In 2016, PBS Parents named Barry as one of the top ten most popular poets for children (along with Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and Roald Dahl) saying, "Polisar is a one-of-a-kind triple threat: author, musician and TV personality. He manages to combine all aspects of entertainment in order to captivate kids - and adults, making him an unconventional, yet spot-on children's entertainer and education advocate."