Patricia Polacco is an incredible author and illustrator, having authored over 54 books. Many of her books include personal stories. My favorite is "Thank You, Mr. Falkner", the personal story of her struggle with dyslexia. She didn't learn to read until she was 14 years old and finally one of her teachers, Mr. Falkner, got to the bottom of her troubles. She thought she was dumb and disliked school very much up to that point. She was teased and ridiculed because of her learning disabilities. After her diagnoses, things began to turn around for her. She said that she just had to learn in a different way. In fact, many people with dyslexia are genius. She eventually graduated from college in fine arts.
Many of her books talk about her time with her "Babushka" or grandma, many tell about other personal experiences in her life and historical event. All are full of inspiration. Years after her teacher, Mr. Falkner, helped her to learn to read, he met her again and wondered how she was. What a surprise it was to find out that she was a very successful writer of children's books. It certainly serves to bring hope to those who struggle with learning. See her amazing web site here, to learn much, much more about this brillant author and illustrator, by far one of my top five favorites!!!
Her newest book is "The Art of Miss Chew". I still need to buy it and read it! :)