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Patricia Polacco - Biography

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Biographical Facts

* Patricia Ann Barber was born in Lansing, Michigan on July 11, 1944

* her mom's family was Irish and her father's family was Russian and Jewish

*she lived on her grandparent's farm in Union City, Michigan until the age of five - "living on that little farm with them was the most magical time of my life...this is the place where I heard such wonderful stories told."

* she moved to Coral Gables, Florida and then on to Oakland ,California with her mom at age eight - she lived there for almost thirty-seven years - "all of my neighbors came in as many colors, ideas, and religions, as there are people on the planet"

*she has a big brother named Richard

* she met her best friend, Stewart Grinell Washington in California - "we are best friends to this day"

*Patricia did not learn to read until she was almost fourteen years old - "I wasn't a very good student. I had a terrible time with reading and math. I thought I was dumb. I didn't like school because there was this boy that always teased me and made me feel even dumber."

*she was diagnosed with dyslexia - "One of my heroes, my teacher, found out what was wrong with me and got me the help that I needed to succeed in school."

* Patricia went on to attend Ohio State University, where she earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Fine Arts and a Doctorate in Art History.

*she has two children, Steven and Traci and now lives in Union City, Michigan

*Patricia did not start writing children's books until the age of forty-one - "When you are raised on HEARING stories...NOT SEEING THEM, you become very good at telling stories yourself."


Philomel Books (a division of Putnam & Grosset Group)

This publisher provides several features under their "Young Readers" section on the web. There is an author biography, author bibliography and purchasing information, author visit information, and author tour dates.

Simon & Schuster Children's Books

This publisher provides an author profile, a list of author appearances, and an Author Alert email system that people can register for to receive emails containing the lastest information on particular authors.


Philomel Books

a division of the Putnam & Grosset Group

200 Madison Avenue

New York, New York 10016

Simon & Schuster Children's Books

1230 Avenue of the Americas

New York, New York 10020

Philomel Books Website

Simon & Schuster Children's Books Website

Biographical Sources