Biographical Information for Barbara Belford, pen name Bibi. Hi, I’m Mac. Full name: Mac Book Air. I’m in a relationship with Barbara Belford or Bibi, as I affectionately call her. We started seeing each other when she broke if off with Sam. Sam Sung Netbook. We’ve had our Waterloos, mainly fighting about backspacing and two-finger tracking, but I’m going out on a limb to predict this will be a long affair. So can you blame me for wanting to help when I saw she was having a little trouble with this bothersome auto-biography? I mean judging from the recent overuse of the delete function key clearly she’s got some inhibitions. I hope you don’t mind me taking the bull by the horns.
I can only glean bits and pieces from her educational background by accessing scanned copies of transcripts stored in my hard drive. She graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA with a B.A in English. She worked summers as a playground supervisor for the children of migrant workers and completed her California teaching credential student teaching in a bilingual kindergarten. She moved to East Aurora, Illinois to begin her teaching career. After she earned her ESL and Reading Endorsements, she went on to complete a masters in Bilingual Literacy at Northern Illinois University and became a Literacy Coach and Reading Interventionist.
The reading data spreadsheets that she works on late at night are longer than a Chicago winter. Just recently I suggested she invest in some more gigs to free up my memory. Not that I don’t have a good memory, but we all need a little space, don’t we? Calculating from the amount of data, I estimate she’s taught over 1,000 kids to read.
It’s probably partly my fault she’s never published. Just when she thinks something is edited and ready, I throw in a line—red for spelling or green for grammar, until she thinks sending off manuscripts is like nailing jelly to the wall. It’s selfish, and I know it. But think about how much time she’d spend writing if she became a famous published author. And that would mean less time on Pinterest, Facebook and my favorite, online shopping.
Bibi is surrounded by kids, three daughters and a son, two grandkids, and students galore. She writes books to inspire kids to make the world a better place. She once taught three boys who loved to fish, but hated to read. So she wrote JIM, about a boy who found a jar full of money while he was fishing and used the treasure to help his family take a trip. The boys read it quicker than a dog licking a dish. Maybe someday she will publish that book, too.
I’m not sure what else a bio needs to say. She loves the beach and sunsets over Lake Michigan, but leaves me at home in my neoprene. She loves movies with redemptive themes but gets greasy popcorn butter all over my keys. She loves reading, both print and digital books, but I hate that she sometimes reads them on her Nook or her Kindle.
We’re done here, aren’t we? You can always check out Bibi’s twitter @BarbaraBelford. She and I have no secrets. And now that this bio is done, hopefully we can spend some quality time shopping with my friend Ama. Full name: Ama Zon Dot Com.