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MARGIE PALATINI

BIOGRAPHY I BOOKS I PRESENTATIONS I BOOK ORDERING

When I was a little girl, which

my son Jamie says was "once

upon a time, long, long ago...

and getting longer every day..."

(what a comedian!), anyway,

my favorite books were The

Little Engine That Could,

Alice in Wonderland, Little

Women, and The Wizard of Oz.

Of course, I watched TV too. I

was crazy for that bunny named

Bugs, and I still do love 'Lucy.'

Jamie always gasps, "Mom, you

were B.C!!!?? (that's right, I was

watching...before color.)

 

Here's the rest of my short

story...in black and white.  I was

born, played, crayoned, went to

school, and grew up in Edison, NJ.

Yes, that's the town named after Thomas You-Know-Who, and where he invented the light bulb at his laboratory in Menlo Park. My sister, brother, and I played all kinds of imaginary games, including 'horse,' and 'dog,' and 'cat.'  (That's where I got my idea for The Perfect Pet.

 

I doodled an dabbled at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA. Today, all grown up, I live, play, and still crayon, doodle and dabble in Plainfield, NJ.  I live there in a big old white house with my husband, who works in advertising, our 'little boy' who is not so little anymore--but still makes messes (okay, okay, I still do too!), and our cat, J.B.

 

I really like writing funny stories and knowing they make children all across the country laugh out loud. Of course, all my ideas must first pass Jamie's giggle test. I wouldn't think of writing a story without his say-so and a-okay. Silliness is serious business. And Jamie knows his sillies. Not to mention his chuckles. He is, in a word--okay, two--my inspiration.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS AS OF APRIL 2011

 

PIGGIE PIE!

National Education Association Educators' ‘Top 100 Book List'

National Education Association Children's ‘Top 100 Book List'

ALA Notable Book

ALA Booklist Editor's Choice

NCTE Notable Book

NY Public Library 100 Best Books for Reading & Sharing

NAESP (National Assoc. of Elem. School Principals) ‘Best Read Aloud' Nominee

One Book New Jersey Award

Pennsylvania Keystone State Reading Award

Kentucky Bluegrass Children's Award

Vermont Red Clover Award

Kansas Reading Assoc. Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award

Colorado Children's Choice Award

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award

Florida Reading Association Award Honor Book

Nebraska Golden Sower Award Honor Book

California Young Readers' Medal Nominee

Washington Children's Choice Award Nominee

Ohio Buckeye Award Nominee

Georgia Children's Picture Storybook Award Nominee.

Indiana Young Hoosier Award Nominee

Wyoming Buckaroo Award Nominee

Abilene , Texas Mockingbird Award

 

BEDHEAD

NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE ‘Best Book of the Year'

Pennsylvania Keystone State Reading Award

Nebraska Golden Sower Award

Indiana Young Hoosier Award Nominee

North Dakota Flicker Tale Award Nominee

New Jersey M. Jerry Weiss Book Award Nominee

Indiana Library Federation ‘Read-Alouds Too Good to Miss'

(Society of Illustrators Show)

 

BAD BOYS

BOOKSENSE Pick

NJ State Library Picture Book ‘Pick of the Decade' 1995-2005

Children's Literature Choice Award

North Carolina Children's Book Award

Missouri Show Me Award

Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award

Oregon Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award Nominee

Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee

Pennsylvania Young Readers Award Nominee

 

THE WEB FILES

ALA Notable Book

Pennsylvania Keystone State Reading Award

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award

Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Honor

Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee

North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee

Pennsylvania Young Readers Award Nominee

South Dakota Prairie Bud Award Nominee

Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee

Indiana Young Hoosier Award Nominee

 

THE THREE SILLY BILLIES

Chicago Public Library ‘Best of the Best'

Florida Reading Association Award

North Carolina Children's Book Award

Missouri Show Me Award Nominee

Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee

Kansas Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award Nominee

Arizona Grand Canyon Book Award Nominee

(Society of Illustrators Show)

 

SWEET TOOTH

Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award

South Carolina Picture Book Award

Nevada Young Readers Award

Georgia Children's Picture Storybook Award

Mississippi Mockingbird Book Award Nominee

Wyoming Buckaroo Award Nominee

Ohio Buckeye Book Award Nominee

NYSRA Charlotte Award Master List

NAESP (National Assoc. of Elem. School Principals) ‘Best Read Aloud' Nominee

Kansas State Reading Circle Primary Titles

(Society of Illustrators Show)

 

EARTHQUACK!

BOOKSENSE Pick

New Jersey Governor Book Club Choice

Indiana Library Federation ‘Read Alouds Too Good To Miss'

Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nominee

Pennsylvania Young Readers Award Nominee

Indiana Young Hoosier Award Nominee

Georgia Children's Picture Storybook Award Nominee

Oregon Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award Nominee

(Society of Illustrators Show)

 

THE CHEESE

Junior Library Guild Selection

Michigan Great Lakes Book Award Honor

Georgia Children's Picture Storybook Award Nominee

Illinois Picture Book Monarch Award Nominee

Arizona Grand Canyon Book Award Nominee

Washington State Picture Book Award Nominee

Kansas Bill Martin Jr., Picture Book Award Nominee

 

LOUSY ROTTEN STINKIN' GRAPES

A SLJ “BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR”

CCBC Choices 2010 , Annual best-of-the-year

Kansas Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award

Vermont Red Clover Award Nominee

Maine Chickadee Award Nominee

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award Nominee

 

THREE FRENCH HENS

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award

New York Public Library ‘100 Books for Reading and Sharing'

CCBC Choice Book

CHILD MAGAZINE ‘Best New Story'

 

MOOSETACHE

BOOKSENSE Pick

IRA Children's Choice Award

Indiana Library Federation ‘Read Alouds Too Good To Miss'

Idaho Education Association ‘Great Books for Reading and Sharing'

 

THREE FRENCH HENS

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award

New York Public Library ‘100 Books for Reading and Sharing'

CCBC Choice Book

CHILD MAGAZINE ‘Best New Story'

 

MOO WHO?

Wyoming Buckaroo Award Nominee

North Dakota Flicker Tale Award Nominee

New Hampshire Ladybug Picture Book Award Nominee

NYSRA Charlotte Award Primary List

 

THE PERFECT PET

Junior Library Guild Selection

IRA Children's Choice Award

California Young Readers' Medal Nominee

 

OINK?

IRA Children's Choice Award

Chicago Public Library ‘Best of the Best'

Mississippi Mockingbird Award Nominee

 

ZAK'S LUNCH

IRA Children's Choice Award

Bank Street College Irma S. & James H. Black Award

 

BAD BOYS GET COOKIE

IRA Children's Choice Award

Missouri Show Me Award Nominee

Virginia 's Readers Choice Book

 

ZOOM BROOM

Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nominee

Wyoming Buckaroo Award Nominee

 

TUB-BOO-BOO

BOOKSENSE Pick

New Hampshire Ladybug Picture Book Award Nominee

(Society of Illustrators Show)

 

GOOD AS GOLDIE

IRA Children's Choice Award

Bank Street College ‘Best of the Best'

 

STINKY SMELLY FEET: A LOVE STORY

IRA Children's Choice Award

 

MOOSEKITOS

BOOKSENSE Pick

Virginia 's Readers Choice Book

 

BAD BOYS GET HENPECKED

New Hampshire LadyBug Award Nominee

 

GORGONZOLA

Abilene Mockingbird Award Nominee