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Patricia Polacco

Author of Thank You, Mr. Falker

84+ Works 45,950 Members 2,570 Reviews 30 Favorited

About the Author

Patricia Polacco was born in Lansing, Michigan on July 11, 1944. She attended Oakland Tech High School in Oakland, California before heading off to the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, then Laney Community College in Oakland. She then set off for Monash University, Mulgrave, show more Australia and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia where she received a Ph.D in Art History, Emphasis on Iconography. After college, she restored ancient pieces of art for museums. She didn't start writing children's books until she was 41 years old. She began writing down the stories that were in her head, and was then encouraged to join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. There she learned how to put together a dummy and get a story into the form of a children's picture book. Her mother paid for a trip to New York, where the two visited 16 publishers in one week. She submitted everything she had to more than one house. By the time she returned home the following week, she had sold just about everything. Polacco has won the 1988 Sydney Taylor Book Award for The Keeping Quilt, and the 1989 International Reading Association Award for Rechenka's Eggs. She was inducted into the Author's Hall of Fame by the Santa Clara Reading Council in 1990, and received the Commonwealth Club of California's Recognition of Excellence that same year for Babushka's Doll, and again in 1992 for Chicken Sunday. She also won the Golden Kite Award for Illustration from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for Chicken Sunday in 1992, as well as the Boston Area Educators for Social Responsibility Children's Literature and Social Responsibility Award. In 1993, she won the Jane Adams Peace Assoc. and Women's Intl. League for Peace and Freedom Honor award for Mrs. Katz and Tush for its effective contribution to peace and social justice. She has won Parent's Choice Honors for Some Birthday in 1991, the video Dream Keeper in 1997 and Thank You Mr. Falker in 1998. In 1996, she won the Jo Osborne Award for Humor in Children's Literature. Her titles The Art of Miss. Chew and The Blessing Cup made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Patricia Polacco

Thank You, Mr. Falker (1998) 3,698 copies, 429 reviews
Thunder Cake (1990) 3,044 copies, 110 reviews
The Keeping Quilt (1988) 2,840 copies, 169 reviews
Pink and Say (1994) 2,807 copies, 184 reviews
Chicken Sunday (1992) 2,777 copies, 98 reviews
Mrs. Katz and Tush (1992) 1,835 copies, 46 reviews
The bee tree (1993) 1,556 copies, 36 reviews
Babushka's Doll (1990) 1,524 copies, 54 reviews
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (1994) 1,523 copies, 87 reviews
Rechenka's Eggs (1988) 1,426 copies, 21 reviews
The Junkyard Wonders (2010) 1,332 copies, 154 reviews
Just Plain Fancy (1990) 1,303 copies, 35 reviews
Mr. Lincoln's Way (2001) 1,280 copies, 86 reviews
The Butterfly (2000) 1,280 copies, 89 reviews
John Philip Duck (2004) 836 copies, 24 reviews
The Trees of the Dancing Goats (1996) 786 copies, 16 reviews
Emma Kate (2005) 780 copies, 38 reviews
Christmas Tapestry (2002) 760 copies, 6 reviews
For the Love of Autumn (2008) 733 copies, 20 reviews
Babushka Baba Yaga (1993) 694 copies, 22 reviews
When Lightning Comes in a Jar (2002) 618 copies, 29 reviews
An Orange for Frankie (2004) 601 copies, 19 reviews
Mrs. Mack (1998) 545 copies, 11 reviews
Some Birthday! (1991) 490 copies, 24 reviews
In Our Mothers' House (1967) 487 copies, 67 reviews
Meteor! (1987) 469 copies, 17 reviews
The Graves Family (2003) 448 copies, 11 reviews
Welcome Comfort (1999) 427 copies, 9 reviews
Betty Doll (2001) 406 copies, 17 reviews
My Ol' Man (1995) 388 copies, 10 reviews
The Lemonade Club (2007) 354 copies, 40 reviews
Fiona's Lace (2014) 332 copies, 26 reviews
Picnic at Mudsock Meadow (1992) 331 copies, 14 reviews
G is for Goat (2003) 311 copies, 23 reviews
Luba and the Wren (1999) 301 copies, 15 reviews
Tikvah Means Hope (1994) 287 copies, 5 reviews
Appelemando's Dreams (1991) 287 copies, 14 reviews
I Can Hear the Sun (1996) 275 copies, 10 reviews
An A From Miss Keller (2015) 270 copies, 15 reviews
The Art of Miss Chew (2012) 262 copies, 54 reviews
Bully (2012) 249 copies, 24 reviews
The Blessing Cup (2013) 247 copies, 24 reviews
January's Sparrow (2009) 245 copies, 25 reviews
Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln (2011) 232 copies, 15 reviews
Mommies Say Shhh (2005) 229 copies, 26 reviews
Clara and Davie (2014) 225 copies, 15 reviews
Bun Bun Button (2011) 224 copies, 10 reviews
Something About Hensley's (2006) 216 copies, 26 reviews
Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare (2005) 216 copies, 32 reviews
The Graves Family Goes Camping (2005) 205 copies, 9 reviews
Babushka's Mother Goose (1995) 198 copies, 8 reviews
Uncle Vova's Tree (1989) 193 copies, 11 reviews
Oh, Look! (2004) 188 copies, 29 reviews
Someone for Mr. Sussmann (2008) 187 copies, 24 reviews
Ginger and Petunia (2007) 182 copies, 16 reviews
Tucky Jo and Little Heart (2015) 175 copies, 9 reviews
Gifts of the Heart (2013) 156 copies, 8 reviews
In Enzo's Splendid Garden (1997) 143 copies, 11 reviews
Firetalking (1994) 136 copies, 14 reviews
Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece (2014) 125 copies, 15 reviews
The Mermaid's Purse (2016) 103 copies, 7 reviews
Holes in the Sky (2018) 77 copies, 4 reviews
Boat Ride with Lillian Two Blossom (1988) 77 copies, 3 reviews
Remembering Vera (2017) 74 copies, 4 reviews
The Bravest Man in the World (2019) 64 copies, 3 reviews
Because of Thursday (2016) 63 copies, 5 reviews
Palace of Books (2023) 51 copies, 4 reviews
Sticks and Stones (2020) 45 copies, 2 reviews
Still Firetalking (2014) 26 copies, 2 reviews
Go Ask Ozzie: A Rotten Richie Story (2021) 14 copies, 1 review
Gracias, Sr. Falker 1 copy, 1 review
Frau Katz und Tuches (1998) 1 copy

Associated Works

Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 (1888) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,467 copies, 55 reviews
The Art of Reading: Forty Illustrators Celebrate RIF's 40th Anniversary (2005) — Contributor — 243 copies, 3 reviews

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Independent Reading Level: Grades 1-4
 
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SEldridge | 97 other reviews | Apr 30, 2024 |
Lyla makes a friend on her first day of school, but when she joins the cheerleading team and a group of popular girls invites her to join them, her friend is left behind. she recognizes that those girls are bullies and decides to stop hanging out with them. But those girls do not take it so well.
 
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Airyel_Flock | 23 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
This would be a good book for intermediate readers
This book is about an array of different students with a mix of different disabilities and home experiences
This would be a good read aloud book to spark up conversation, but should be read at older grade levels as there are heavy topics within the story.
 
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aclapp | 153 other reviews | Apr 24, 2024 |
"The Graves Family" introduces readers to a unique and eccentric family who loves everything spooky and supernatural. The Graves family lives in a peculiar house filled with bats, spiders, and even a pet alligator. They celebrate Halloween every day, delighting in frights and scares. The book's themes of embracing differences and finding common ground can spark discussions about diversity, inclusion, and the importance of respecting others' unique identities and interests. This book would be best suited for 2nd-4th graders to start learning about inclusivity.… (more)
 
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