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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, 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) — biography from Thank You, Mr. Falker… (more)
Thank You, Mr. Falker 3,317 copies, 426 reviews
Thunder Cake 2,680 copies, 109 reviews
Pink and Say 2,673 copies, 182 reviews
The Keeping Quilt 2,584 copies, 168 reviews
Chicken Sunday 2,490 copies, 96 reviews
Mrs. Katz and Tush 1,644 copies, 45 reviews
The Bee Tree 1,364 copies, 36 reviews
Babushka's Doll 1,364 copies, 54 reviews
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother 1,341 copies, 85 reviews
Rechenka's Eggs 1,255 copies, 20 reviews
Just Plain Fancy 1,176 copies, 35 reviews
The Junkyard Wonders 1,167 copies, 141 reviews
Mr. Lincoln's Way 1,147 copies, 85 reviews
The Butterfly 1,033 copies, 87 reviews
John Philip Duck 723 copies, 24 reviews
The Trees of the Dancing Goats 700 copies, 16 reviews
Emma Kate 692 copies, 37 reviews
For the Love of Autumn 649 copies, 20 reviews
Christmas Tapestry 644 copies, 6 reviews
Babushka Baba Yaga 615 copies, 22 reviews
When Lightning Comes in a Jar 545 copies, 28 reviews
An Orange for Frankie 502 copies, 19 reviews
Mrs. Mack 474 copies, 10 reviews
In Our Mothers' House 451 copies, 66 reviews
Some Birthday! 438 copies, 24 reviews
Meteor! 427 copies, 18 reviews
The Graves Family 411 copies, 10 reviews
Welcome Comfort 373 copies, 8 reviews
Betty Doll 356 copies, 17 reviews
My Ol' Man 348 copies, 10 reviews
The Lemonade Club 331 copies, 39 reviews
Picnic at Mudsock Meadow 284 copies, 14 reviews
Fiona's Lace 283 copies, 25 reviews
G is for Goat 277 copies, 23 reviews
Luba and the Wren 269 copies, 14 reviews
Appelemando's Dreams 262 copies, 14 reviews
Tikvah Means Hope 260 copies, 5 reviews
I Can Hear the Sun 246 copies, 10 reviews
The Art of Miss Chew 241 copies, 54 reviews
The Blessing Cup 225 copies, 23 reviews
Bully 223 copies, 23 reviews
An A From Miss Keller 222 copies, 14 reviews
January's Sparrow 222 copies, 25 reviews
Mommies Say Shhh 206 copies, 25 reviews
Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln 206 copies, 14 reviews
Something About Hensley's 200 copies, 26 reviews
Bun Bun Button 194 copies, 10 reviews
Clara and Davie 193 copies, 15 reviews
The Graves Family Goes Camping 189 copies, 9 reviews
Babushka's Mother Goose 174 copies, 7 reviews
Someone for Mr. Sussmann 171 copies, 24 reviews
Oh, Look! 170 copies, 28 reviews
Uncle Vova's Tree 169 copies, 11 reviews
Ginger and Petunia 160 copies, 16 reviews
Tucky Jo and Little Heart 155 copies, 9 reviews
Gifts of the Heart 136 copies, 8 reviews
In Enzo's Splendid Garden 129 copies, 11 reviews
Firetalking 127 copies, 14 reviews
Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece 114 copies, 15 reviews
The Mermaid's Purse 92 copies, 6 reviews
Holes in the Sky 62 copies, 4 reviews
Remembering Vera 58 copies, 2 reviews
Because of Thursday 53 copies, 4 reviews
The Bravest Man in the World 45 copies, 2 reviews
Sticks and Stones 33 copies, 2 reviews
Palace of Books 22 copies, 3 reviews
Still Firetalking 16 copies, 2 reviews
Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 (Illustrator, some editions) 1,339 copies, 52 reviews
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