Author Alert: Patricia Polacco



In February 2018, I was able to meet Patricia Polacco, a talented illustrator and one of the best storytellers of our generation. Her books speak to events such as the Vietnam War, family values, and finding a place in the world when you are different than others. 

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The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco


Illustrator:

Polacco, Patricia


Nelson’s Starts (Out of 5):

4


Recommended Grades:

4-6


Summary:

As a young girl, Patricia was put into a special class for children who were different from the norm. This class was called the junkyard. But with one caring teacher, and with amazing friends, these Junkyard kids were able to become a wonder.


Why Read This Book?

This is a great reminder of how people can positively support and love each other. It also takes the term "junk" and turns it into "treasure".


Year Published:

2010


Reading Level

*But Always Remember That Reading To Children Is Just As Important As Children Reading To Adults*

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Remembering Vera by Patricia Polacco



Illustrator:

Polacco, Patricia


Nelson’s Starts (Out of 5):

4


Recommended Grades:

1-3


Summary:

A little puppy, Vera, is found by Coast Guard men who decide to keep her on base. She ends up being an integral part of two different disasters at sea. When she is old and passes away, dozens of humans pay their respects to Vera the Hero.


Why Read This Book?

Animal lovers will love how this book reminds us that dogs can be heroes too.


Year Published:

2017


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In Our Mothers' House by Patricia Polacco




Illustrator:

Polacco, Patricia


Nelson’s Starts (Out of 5):

3


Recommended Grades:

2-5


Summary:

Three young children grow up in a home with two mothers. There lives are filled with joy and excitement as they live and grow as a family. They don't know that their family is different, except they can see the dislike on a neighbor's face.


Why Read This Book?

This is a book that helps explain that all families are valued.


Year Published:

2009


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Emma Kate by Patricia Polacco

Illustrator:

Polacco, Patricia

Nelson’s Stars (Out of 5):

4

Recommended Grades:

K-3

Summary:

Emma Kate is an imaginary friend. The two friends do everything together and love each other dearly. There is a cute twist at the end, when figuring out what the imaginary friend actually is.

Why Read This Book?

Patricia Polacco is a fabulous author and illustrator. Anytime young children can be introduced to her work, they should be.

Year Published:

2005

Reading Level

*But Always Remember That Reading To Children Is Just As Important As Children Reading To Adults*

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Oh, Look! by Polacco, Patricia

Illustrator:

Polacco, Patricia

Nelson’s Stars (Out of 5):

4

Recommended Grades:

4K-1

Summary:

Three goats escape a farm and go on an adventure to a fair. But what happens when they get scared by an ogre?

Why Read This Book?

It is a fun and cute read by a literary wonder. Great for young children with a lot of repetition and sounds that can be made.

Year Published:

2004

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Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln by Patricia Polacco

Illustrator:

Polacco, Patricia

Nelson’s Stars (Out of 5):

4

Recommended Grades:

4-6

Summary:

Two boys in modern times, are transported back to the Civil War. Here they not only meet Abraham Lincoln but they start to truly understand all that was lost during the war in order for our country to be united.

Why Read This Book?

It provides a springboard for discussion of the Civil War. Plus, it is always fun to think about time travel.

Year Published:

2011

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