Barry Louis Polisar

Barry is an author, songwriter, story-teller and poet. A five-time Parents' Choice Award winner, Barry 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.

A pioneer in the world of books and music for children, he paved the way for an entire generation of musicians who perform for kids when he began writing and recording for children in 1975. Thirty-five years later, his unique songs and stories are now heard all around the world.


You've probably heard many of Barry Louis Polisar'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 "Juno" Soundtrack. Barry's song now airs daily on national TV in a new ad for the Honda Hybrid.


A 2-CD, 60-song Tribute Album of Barry's songs was recently released. "We're Not Kidding!" features artists from around the world covering Barry's songs. Sixty songs have been re-imagined and performed by musicians — many who had Barry's albums when they were children — in genres as diverse as hip-hop, folk, jazz, klezmer and rock.


Barry also writes books and poems, visits schools and libraries throughout the United States and Europe, 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."

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