Patricia Polacco is my hero.
I am going to write an author study/genre study using her books as mentor texts for personal narrative.
She is amazing. The way she speaks about bullying, inclusion, and tolerance is inspiring.
I was a very big fan of Polacco’s work for years, but it wasn’t until looking for children’s books for same-sex parents last year (after almost all of my education coursework was finished and my student teaching was all over) that I stumbled upon In Our Mothers’ House.
That search had become so discouraging. But then I found Polacco. Polacco, a childhood favorite and a favorite again as a teacher, wrote a book with people that looked like me, people that frequently weren’t allowed in classrooms. A children's book.
I cried and started a fan-letter of thanks and then never sent it because I felt so awkward. But now I might try again.