Barron is the author of more than 30 bestselling books for children and young adults that celebrate the inspiration of nature and the ability of every person to make a difference. He founded a national prize for young people who help others or the environment. Barron served as a Trustee of Princeton University from 2005 to 2015 and was instrumental in the founding of PEI. He continues to support PEI through the T.A. Barron Prize for Environmental Leadership for undergraduates and the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities position. Barron graduated from Princeton with a bachelor’s degree in politics.