Barto, Agniia

Barto, Agniia L’vovna


Born Feb. 4 (17), 1906, in Moscow. Soviet Russian poet.

Barto began publishing in 1925. She writes for children about life in Soviet schools, families, and pioneer clubs. Among the collections of verse she has written are Little Brothers (1928), The Back-to-front Little Boy (1934), The Toys (1936), The Bullfinch (1939), Verses for Children (1949); State Prize of the USSR, 1950), / Am Growing (1968), and others. She has also written scenarios for the motion pictures The Foundling (1939), The Elephant and the Rope (1946), Alesha Ptitsyn Develops His Character (1958), and others. Barto’s poems, marked by a gentle humor and clarity of language, have gained great popularity among young readers as well as adults; they have been translated into the languages of the peoples of the USSR and many foreign languages. In her prose book for adults To Find a Person (1969), the author tells about her attempts to find the families of children who were lost during the Great Patriotic War. Barto has been awarded three orders as well as medals.


Stikhi detiam, vols. 1–2. Moscow, 1966.


Dmitrieva, V. Agniia Barto. Moscow-Leningrad, 1953.
Solov’ev, B. Agniia Barto. Moscow, 1967.