Patricia J.Thomas, Author | Books for Children

About (Biography)

Patricia Thomas; short bio

 I think I was destined to be a writer. I discovered the magic of rhyming words about as soon as I could talk; had my first poem published in Jack and Jill magazine when I was eight and knew immediately what my path would be.

 I grew up on a farm in western Pennsylvania, earned my degree from Penn State University, then worked as a copywriter and editor in just about every facet of the advertising business.  Along the way, I married and raised a family of four—which has expanded to include in-law children, 14 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren (which gives away my age unmercifully). Also along the way, I discovered that I was a children’s writer.

 Maybe it was my love of words and rhyme...or maybe my wacky sense of humor...or maybe it was having children of my own...or maybe it was all of this that led me to write my first book, “Stand Back, Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze.” Thousands of copies (I have no idea how many) and nearly 40 years later, kids are still giggling over the Elephant.

 Rhyme is not my only medium, though. My books, stories, and articles cover a spectrum of styles, from the lyrical Firefly Mountain (named best book K-3 2008 by the Poetry Center at Passaic College)to Nature's Paintbox: A Seasonal Gallery in Art and Verse, an original poetic approach to nonfiction (well-reviewed and named a Booklinks lasting connection in poetry) …to such zany, nonsense verse classics as “There Are Rocks in My Socks,” Said the Ox to the Fox, The One-and-Only, Super-Duper, Golly-Whopper, Jim Dandy, Really Handy Clock Tock Stopper, and of course, the Elephant, which has been featured on the PBS Storytime series and even on Captain Kangaroo.

 My newest picture book, Red Sled, is written in a unique, deceptively simple style, based on an ancient writing form—but perfect for young readers. Among its numerous enthusiastic reviews are those those from School Library Journal, Booklinks, and Horn Book, plus a starred review from Kirkus. My articles and stories have appeared in such magazines as  Faces and Appleseeds, covering subjects from Arthurian legends to the Loch Ness monster to Benjamin Franklin.

 I currently teach a college-accredited course in writing for children for the Institute of Children’s Literature, and present writing workshops for children and adults, while also serving as senior writer/editor in the Communications and Marketing Office at Marywood University.

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