Individual Author Record
Name: Patricia Hruby PowellPen Name: None Genre: Born: in Arlington Heights, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionPowell was born and raised in Arlington Heights. She currently resides in Champaign.
Biographical and Professional InformationPatricia Hruby Powell is an author, storyteller and dancer. She has graduated from London School of Contemporary Dance, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign with a BFA in Dance, Temple University in Philadelphia with a MFA in Dance and the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign with a MS in Library and Information Science. As a dancer/choreographer, Powell worked in London, Winnipeg, and New York City. She has also traveled over North and South America, Europe and the Caribbean with her own dance company ONE PLUS ONE. Powell uses her dance experience to accentuate her presentations and storytelling along with worldwide percussion instruments and animal sounds. She has also worked as a lithographer (printing from large stone slabs), trapeze artist, ballet teacher, modern dance teacher, composition teacher, mime and a substitute librarian. Her first book, Blossom Tales: Flower Stories of Many Folk, is a beautifully illustrated collection of fourteen retold folktales from around the world, each one about a flower. Her books, Zinnia and Frog Brings Rain, are bilingual Navajo/English picture books.
- Blossom Tales, Flower Stories of Many Folk, Moon Mountain Publishers, 2002
- Zinnia: How the Corn Was Saved, Salina Bookshelf, 2004
- Frog Brings Rain, Salina Bookshelf, 2006
- Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, Chronicle, 2014
- Loving vs Virginia, Chronicle, 2017
- Struttin’ With Some Barbecue, Charlesbridge, 2017
Titles At Your Library
Blossom Tales: Flower Stories of Many Folk
ISBN: 0967792983 Moon Mountain Publishing. 2002 A collection of 14 folk tales about flowers from around the world, including European, ASian, Pacific, African, North and South American tales.
Zinnia: How the Corn Was Saved
ISBN: 1893354385 Salina Bookshelf, Inc.. 2004 A story of adventure! When the Navajo people are on the brink of a devastating famine, the boy Red Bird is sent to ask Spider Woman for her help. On his journey he encounters a lizard, a Gila monster, a snake, and a flock of sun-yellow birds. Will they help Red Bird find Spider Woman in time to save the crops?
Frog Brings Rain
ISBN: 1893354083 Salina Bookshelf. 2006 As fire creeps toward the village of the First People, First Man and First Woman must find a way to quench the flames. First Woman asks the Bird People, the River People, and the Water People for assistance, but everyone she speaks to has an excuse. “Not me,” said Mockingbird. “The smoke would hurt my voice and I would never sing again.” “Not me,” said Snail. “I carry my house with me and I am slow.” “No,” said Beaver. “We’d like to help, but our river home would become a desert if we changed the flow of water.” At last, First Woman asks the mysterious Frog for help. Will he be able to stop the flames before they reach the village? Author Patricia Hruby Powell’s retelling of this Navajo folktale is as graceful as it is compelling, and as magical as the mythical time it describes. Enter the village of the First People … and become a part of the time when the world was new.
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books)
ISBN: 1452103143 Chronicle Books. 2014 Coretta Scott King Book Award, Illustrator, Honor
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Honor
Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, Nonfiction Honor
Parent's Choice Award
Wall Street Journal's 10 Best Children's Books of the Year List
Bologna Ragazzi Nonfiction Honor 2014
In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait for young people of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.
Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case
ISBN: 1452125902 Chronicle Books. 2017 From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.