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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)
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Thank You, Mr. Falker 2,957 copies, 422 reviews
The Keeping Quilt 2,281 copies, 167 reviews
Pink and Say 2,256 copies, 180 reviews
Thunder Cake 2,251 copies, 105 reviews
Chicken Sunday 2,154 copies, 94 reviews
Mrs. Katz and Tush 1,420 copies, 44 reviews
Babushka's Doll 1,173 copies, 53 reviews
The Bee Tree 1,168 copies, 36 reviews
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother 1,084 copies, 84 reviews
Rechenka's Eggs 1,067 copies, 20 reviews
Mr. Lincoln's Way 1,015 copies, 85 reviews
Just Plain Fancy 1,011 copies, 35 reviews
The Junkyard Wonders 947 copies, 122 reviews
The Butterfly 909 copies, 86 reviews
The Trees of the Dancing Goats 606 copies, 16 reviews
John Philip Duck 601 copies, 24 reviews
Emma Kate 565 copies, 37 reviews
For the Love of Autumn 554 copies, 20 reviews
Christmas Tapestry 551 copies, 6 reviews
Babushka Baba Yaga 514 copies, 21 reviews
When Lightning Comes in a Jar 468 copies, 28 reviews
An Orange for Frankie 432 copies, 19 reviews
Mrs. Mack 423 copies, 9 reviews
In Our Mothers' House 418 copies, 66 reviews
Some Birthday! 377 copies, 23 reviews
The Graves Family 375 copies, 10 reviews
Meteor! 374 copies, 18 reviews
Welcome Comfort 328 copies, 8 reviews
Betty Doll 323 copies, 16 reviews
My Ol' Man 305 copies, 10 reviews
The Lemonade Club 303 copies, 38 reviews
Picnic at Mudsock Meadow 248 copies, 14 reviews
G is for Goat 244 copies, 23 reviews
Luba and the Wren 240 copies, 14 reviews
Appelemando's Dreams 234 copies, 14 reviews
Tikvah Means Hope 229 copies, 4 reviews
I Can Hear the Sun 215 copies, 9 reviews
The Art of Miss Chew 215 copies, 54 reviews
Fiona's Lace 213 copies, 24 reviews
January's Sparrow 202 copies, 24 reviews
The Blessing Cup 202 copies, 23 reviews
Bully 201 copies, 22 reviews
Mommies Say Shhh 196 copies, 25 reviews
Something About Hensley's 184 copies, 24 reviews
Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln 172 copies, 14 reviews
The Graves Family Goes Camping 169 copies, 9 reviews
Oh, Look! 161 copies, 28 reviews
Babushka's Mother Goose 158 copies, 7 reviews
Uncle Vova's Tree 157 copies, 11 reviews
Bun Bun Button 155 copies, 10 reviews
Ginger and Petunia 150 copies, 16 reviews
Someone for Mr. Sussmann 145 copies, 24 reviews
Clara and Davie 133 copies, 15 reviews
An A From Miss Keller 131 copies, 14 reviews
Tucky Jo and Little Heart 123 copies, 9 reviews
Gifts of the Heart 113 copies, 8 reviews
Firetalking 109 copies, 14 reviews
In Enzo's Splendid Garden 108 copies, 11 reviews
Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece 91 copies, 15 reviews
The Mermaid's Purse 83 copies, 6 reviews
Holes in the Sky 50 copies, 3 reviews
Remembering Vera 46 copies, 2 reviews
Because of Thursday 44 copies, 4 reviews
The Bravest Man in the World 33 copies, 2 reviews
Sticks and Stones 27 copies, 2 reviews
Still Firetalking 11 copies, 2 reviews
Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 (Illustrator, some editions) 1,169 copies, 52 reviews
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