Patricia Hruby Powell, formerly a dancer, storyteller, and librarian, is the author of four Junior Library Guild Selections. “Your modeled lessons will help me in my future writing classes.” “You are a dynamic speaker.” “Your energy and creativity lifted us.”
Loving vs. Virginia: Can you love who you want? Marry who you want? Can there be a "bad law?"
Struttin' With Some Barbecue: Make a rhythmic poem with the author
Struttin' With Some Barbecue: Write a rhythmic poem
Lift As You Climb: Be an Activist, Write a Poem
Patricia Hruby Powell is the recipient the American Library Associations (ALA) Sibert Honor, and Boston Globe Horn Book Nonfiction Honor, and Wall Street Journal’s 10 Best Children’s Books of the Year, among many others.
A former dancer, turned storyteller, and now author, Patricia educates as she entertains. She guides students to write poems (aligning with curriculum standards) and inspires them to social justice activism; as well as to express themselves through dancing, singing, writing, and drawing.
Her last four books are Junior Library Guild selections: Josephine: the Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Chronicle 2014), Lift As You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker (Simon&Schuster McElderry 2020), Struttin’ With Some Barbecue: Lil Hardin Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz (Charlesbridge 2018), and Loving vs. Virginia (Chronicle 2017). Forthcoming are a Women’s Suffrage project (Chronicle) and Cave of the Heart: The Story of Martha Graham (Chronicle Books). She has been a mentor for a WNDB and SCBWI-MI.have received multiple starred reviews and awards including two Arnold Adoff Poetry Honors, Parent’s Choice Gold for Poetry, International Bologna Ragazzi Nonfiction Honor, Society of Midland Author Nonfiction Award, and state awards as well as ALA Lists inclusion.
among many others.