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Speaker Profile - Patricia Hruby Powell


Region: Illinois
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in my country
Skype Visit: Yes
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Patricia Hruby Powell is the author of Loving vs. Virginia (Chronicle 2017) a Junior Guild Selection and Arnold Adoff Poetry Award Honor;Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, honoree of a Sibert, Boston Globe Horn Book, Ragazzi International, Parents Choice Gold, CSK for Christian Robinson's illustrations, and five starred reviews.  Her other picture books are Blossom Tales and the bilingual Navajo/English Zinnia: How the Corn Was Saved and Frog Brings Rain. Her upcoming books are Struttin' With Some Barbecue: Lil Hardin Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz (Charlesbridge 2018) (Junior Library Guild Selection), Lift as You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker (Simon & Schuster 2019) and Women's Suffrage Book (Chronicle 2020).

Patricia danced throughout Europe and the Americas speaking in her dances; she has performed as an aerial dancer, storyteller, is a retreat leader, a librarian, and has worked as a lithographer. Now she keynotes and presents at book conferences. She has received national awards and fellowships for her storytelling, choreography, and writing.

Presentation Description:
As part of my book presentations I dance, play world-wide percussion instruments, and involve the audience. As part of Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, I teach a few selected students the Charleston. I introduce to them a dazzling historic African American woman whose time has come.

For an assembly of students, split as K-2, 3-5, 6-8, I can use a Power Point to show the making of Josephine, the progress of Loving vs Virginia, or the history of the Navajo-English Frog Brings Rain and Zinnia: How the Corn Was Saved. Or I can work without Power Point just as easily.

Overall, I inspire students to read. And to write, tell stories, draw, play musical instruments, sing, and to dance--all manner of self-expression.

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