Published Works—Stories, Essays

“A Shift in Vision,” Parabola,Fall 2012 Issue: The Unknown

“An Offering of Flames,” Parabola, Spring 2012 Issue: Burning World

“Nomad Girl,” Parabola, Fall 2011 Issue: Seeing

“The Choice of Lady Ragnell,” Parabola, Spring 2010 Issue: Love 

“The Generous Image,” Parabola, Spring 2009 Issue: Imagination

“Sparrows and Smudges of Clay,” Parabola, Summer 2008 Issue: God

“Brother Simple,” Parabola, Fall 2007 Issue: Holy Earth

“Mistakes,” Parabola, Spring 2007 Issue: Faith

“Dishes,” MIDLIFE CLARITY: Epiphanies from Grown-Up Girls, Cynthia Black and Laura Carlsmith ed, Beyond Words Publishing, 2002

“Bones,” HEALING: 20 Prominent Authors Write About Inspirational Moments of Achieving Health and Gaining Insight, Lee Gutkind ed, Tarcher/Putnam 2001

“Temple of Trees,” Crone Chronicles, Summer, 1999

“Butterfly Kiss,” Snowy Egret, Spring, 1999

“Rich in Changes,” Crone Chronicles, Summer, 1998

“Glorious Void,” Crone Chronicles, Winter, 1997-98

“Granny’s Roses,” Exhibition, Summer, 1996

Published Works—Children’s Books

as author-artist

THUNDER BUNNY, Philomel Books, NY, 2007


ANGELS ON A PIN, Philomel Books, NY, 2000

A LOT OF OTTERS, Philomel Books, NY, 1997

THE JEWEL HEART, Philomel Books, NY, 1994

GWINNA, Philomel Books, NY, 1990

WHEN THE SUN ROSE, Philomel Books, NY, 1986

THE DONKEY’S DREAM, Philomel Books, NY, 1985

GRANDFATHER TWILIGHT, Philomel Books, NY, 1984

ANIMALIA, Celestial Arts, Berkeley, CA, 1982

re-issued by Tricycle Press, Berkeley, CA, 1999

as illustrator

BROTHERS OF THE WIND, by Jane Yolen, Philomel Books, NY, 1980


Island Treasure Award, Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council, 2006

Parents’ Choice Recommended Award, for ALL THE WAY TO LHASA, 2002

Children’s Book Award, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, for A LOT OF OTTERS, 1998

Washington State Governor’s Writers Award, for GWINNA, 1991

Golden Kite Award for Picture-Illustration, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, for THE DONKEY’S DREAM, 1985

Washington State Governor’s Writers Award, for GRANDFATHER TWILIGHT, 1985

Parent’s Choice Foundation Award for Illustration, for GRANDFATHER TWIILIGHT, 1984

Grandfather Twilight's Book

Grandfather Twilight’s glasses and book, from GRANDFATHER TWILIGHT

A Name Note:

After Barbara’s first two books were published, she discovered there are several other authors who share the same name, Barbara Berger. To avoid confusion, her editor at Philomel Books suggested that she use her middle name. So Barbara Helen Berger is the name she has used professionally ever since. (Her family pronounces Berger with a soft “g” as in Berjer.)

Photo by Kari Berger