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Children's author Polacco coming to Wilson on March 8

posted Feb 26, 2018, 3:59 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 3:59 PM ]
Patricia Polacco, a well-known author of children's books, will be in Bartlesville from March 6-9, 2018. She will be giving presentations at all six of the district's elementary schools throughout the week, and will be presenting at the Bartlesville Public Library on Friday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Polacco will visit Wilson on Thursday, March 8. She will visit with the 4th and 5th Grade students at 9:30 a.m. and the 2nd and 3rd Grade students at 11:00 a.m.

Ms. Polacco's visit is part of an Experts in Residence grant from the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation. The Foundation has partnered with St. John Catholic School and the Bartlesville Public Library to bring additional presentations to those sites. The BPSF grant was prepared by Principal Shelly White and kindergarten teacher Emily Voelkers of Richard Kane Elementary School.

Ms. Polacco has shared, "I wasn't a very good student in elementary school, and had a hard time with reading and writing. I didn't learn to read until I was almost 14 years old. Reading out loud for me was a nightmare because I would mispronounce words or reconstruct things that weren't even there. That's when one of my teachers discovered I had a learning disability called dyslexia. Once I got help, I read very well!"

Her book Thank You, Mr. Falker is Polacco's retelling of this encounter and its outcome. She is the author of over 60 other books, including Mr. Lincoln's Way and The Lemonade Club.

Ms. Polacco also illustrates her books. She shared, "I came from a family of incredible storytellers, but I didn't start writing children's books until I was 41 years old. Drawing, painting, and sculpture have always been a part of my life, though. My family always encouraged my drawing ability. Kids in school who teased me about my reading would get out of their seats and stand behind my desk as I worked and go, 'Wow, you can really draw.' Later, I earned a degree in Fine Art, and got a Ph.D. in Art History."
Patricia Polacco
Patricia Polacco (photo credit to Donna Claar 07)

Polacco Books
Some of the children's books written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco