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Landmark Academy gets a visit from acclaimed children’s author Polacco

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By Crystal Nelson

REUNION — Renowned childrens author Patricia Polacco visited students at Landmark Academy on Feb. 10 to speak to them about what it’s like to be a children’s author.

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She told students she started writing at the age of 40 and that many of the characters in her books are based on friends and family.

In the past 29, years as an author, Polacco has written over 90 books and that the Library of Congress has recently designated her book Pink and Say among one of the most important books in the last 100 years. 

Eighth-grade teacher Kathy Evenson invited Polacco after hearing her speak at the Colorado Council International Reading Association’s annual conference on literacy and the school’s parent foundation covered the fee to bring her to speak at the academy. Evenson describes Polacco as “amazing” and said the author is a huge advocate for teachers and kids, especially those with special needs.