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Happy Birthday Patricia Pollaco! July 11

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Patricia Pollaco holding her family heirloom quilt

Patricia Pollaco is a prolific author illustrator of many children's books.  Her stories often include her experiences spending time at her grandparents farm in Michigan and the stories of her Ukrainian, Russian and Irish heritage.  All of her books have an amazing heartfelt quality to them and celebrate the kindness of people even during difficult times.  In Patricia's own words:

"When I was a student in elementary school I wasn't a very good student. had a terrible time with reading and math. As a matter of fact, I did not learn how to read until I was almost 14 years old. Can you imagine what it was like to see all my friends do so well in school and I wasn't! 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. When I was fourteen, it was learned that I have a learning disability. It is called dyslexia. I felt trapped in a body that wouldn't do what everybody else could do. That was when one of my hero's, my teacher, found what was wrong with me and got me the help I needed to succeed in school. Of course , now that I am an adult, I realize that being learning disabled does not mean DUMB AT ALL! As a matter of fact, I have learned that being learning disabled only means that I cannot learn the way most of you do. As a matter of fact most learning disabled children are actually GENIUSES! once I learned how to read and caught up with the rest of my fellow students, I did very well."

For more about Patricia, see her website:

http://www.patriciapolacco.com/

If you have a chance, please watch her very thoughtful video response to one of her books which has been challenged. 

Now for some of my favorite books by Patricia:

         These are only a few of the many books Patricia has written.  Explore more at your local library!

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