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Jerry Pallotta Is Featured 2014 Writing Rally Author

My full name is Gerard Larry Pallotta, but my mom always called me Jerry. I was born on March 26, 1953, in Boston, Mass. My mom's name is Mary, and she came from a family of 10 children. My dad's name is Joe, and he came from a family of five children. My grandparents were immigrants of Italian descent. I have the nicest parents in the world. They were always unselfish and ready to help me. I have four brothers and two sisters: Joey, David, Andrew, Danny, Cindy and Mickey. I have 72 first cousins. When I was growing up, there were...KIDS EVERYWHERE!

My family moved to Medford, Mass., when I was young. I went to elementary school at Mt. Trinity Academy, not far from where my publisher is located, in Watertown. I never wrote a book in elementary school, and we never kept journals. In the neighborhood where I grew up, almost every family had seven to nine children. I guess that you could say that there were...KIDS EVERYWHERE!

I went to high school at Boston College High School, a Jesuit all-boys school downtown. The priests and other teachers were really wonderful. I played football and ran track. I had a great high school experience and I think later it made my studies in college much easier. My sons, Neil and Eric, graduated from Boston College High School in 2001 and 2003. Neil was named after a teacher I had, Fr. Neil Callahan, S.J. I never wrote a book in high school, and I never wrote for the school newspaper. I was too shy and was afraid of what other kids would think.

After high school I went to Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C. I majored in business, a subject that would help me later in life when I decided to publish my first book. At Georgetown, I met the woman who would become my wife, Linda. In college I was an average student and was captain of the Georgetown University Rugby Team. I never wrote for the college newspaper, and I never imagined writing books. A couple of years after I graduated, Linda and I got married and I started to work at an insurance company in Boston. During the first six years of being married, we had four kids. It seemed like there were...KIDS EVERYWHERE!

I learned valuable skills while talking to people, selling insurance and collecting money. When I came home from work, Linda would ask me to read to the kids. I loved reading to my kids, and I learned to appreciate children's books. The first few books that we bought were alphabet books and counting books. "A" was always for apple and "Z" was always for zebra. One day I decided, "Hey, I can do this!" I had an idea. I would write an alphabet book about the Atlantic Ocean. I spent every summer at Peggotty Beach, in Scituate, Mass. I have great memories of lobstering, fishing, mossing, clamming and rowing in my dory.

I wrote my first book in 1985, when I was 32 years old. I came up with the idea, wrote it, designed it, researched it and edited it, and my cousin illustrated it. I published it myself under the name of Peggotty Beach Books. What fun! It was first printed on July 7, 1986. I'll never forget that day. The book eventually became the No. 1 best-selling book at the New England Aquarium. I was afraid that only my mother would like it. Teachers and kids told me they really liked my book.

While I was speaking in schools, teachers told me they were looking for simple nonfiction nature books. It gave me the confidence to write more. My next book, The Icky Bug Alphabet Book, has sold more than 1 million copies. My third book, The Bird Alphabet Book was voted one of the best books of the year by Birders World Magazine. I now have more than 20 alphabet books, more than 20 math books, the Icky Bug books, a holiday series, a U.S. Military series, Who Would Win? books, a biography and a few stories. My goal has always been to write interesting, fact-filled, fun-to-read, beautifully illustrated color children's books. Thank you to all my illustrators: Ralph Masiello, Frank Mazzola, Jr., Rob Bolster, Edgar Stewart, Leslie Evans, Mark Astrella, David Biedrzycki, Bonnie Gee, Shennen Bersani, Tom Leonard and Howard McWilliam. I now visit more than 150 schools per year. Guess what? There are still...KIDS EVERYWHERE!

I love writing books and I love visiting schools all over the United States. I think I have the best job in the world!

From www.jerrypallotta.com/About

BOOKS BY JERRY PALLOTTA

  1. Icky Bug Alphabet Book
  2. The Underwater Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)
  3. The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Fraction Book
  4. The Yucky Reptile Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)
  5. Apple Fractions
  6. The Ocean Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)
  7. Icky Bug Counting Book
  8. The Hershey's Kisses Addition Book
  9. The Dinosaur Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)
  10. The Hershey's Kisses Multiplication and Division Book
  11. The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Weights and Measures Book
  12. Reese's Pieces Count By Fives
  13. The Furry Animal Alphabet Book
  14. The Hershey's Kisses Subtraction Book
  15. The Frog Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)
  16. Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?
  17. One Hundred Ways To Get To 100
  18. Who Will Haunt My House on Halloween?
  19. The Beetle Alphabet Book
  20. Twizzlers Percentages Book
  21. The Bird Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books) (Jerry Pallotta's…
  22. The Freshwater Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)
  23. The Extinct Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)
  24. The Skull Alphabet Book
  25. The Butterfly Counting Book
  26. Flower Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)
  27. Count To A Million
  28. Hershey's Chocolate Math from Addition to Multiplication
  29. The Airplane Alphabet Book
  30. Who Will Help Santa This Year?
  31. Underwater Counting: Even Numbers
  32. Reese's Pieces Count by Tens
  33. Icky Bug Shapes
  34. The Construction Alphabet Book
  35. Who Will See Their Shadows This Year?
  36. Sharks Big Bigger Biggest
  37. Twizzlers: Shapes and Patterns
  38. The Vegetable Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)
  39. Icky Bug Colors
  40. Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark
  41. Icky Bug Numbers
  42. The Boat Alphabet Book
  43. Shapes and Patterns (Math = Fun)
  44. Who Would Win? Polar Bear vs. Grizzly Bear
  45. Pizza Fractions (Math = Fun!)
  46. Who Would Win? Lion vs. Tiger
  47. Going Lobstering (Outdoor Adventures) (Outdoor Adventures)
  48. Dory Story
  49. The Jet Alphabet Book
  50. Who Would Win? Hammerhead vs. Bull Shark
  51. Show Me How Fast It Is! (Show Me)
  52. The Addition Book
  53. Who Would Win? Komodo Dragon vs. King Cobra
  54. Who Will Be My Valentine This Year?
  55. From Simple Shapes to Geometry
  56. The Subtraction Book
  57. Who Will Plant a Tree?
  58. Who Would Win? Wolverine vs. Tasmanian Devil
  59. Ocean Counting: Odd Numbers
  60. Multiplication
  61. Who Would Win? Whale vs. Giant Squid
  62. Count by fives
  63. Adding Fractions
  64. Multiplication and Division - Math = Fun! (Math equals Fun!)
  65. Who Will Be My Teacher This Year
  66. Who Would Win? Tarantula vs. Scorpion
  67. The Sea Mammal Alphabet Book
  68. A Giraffe Did One
  69. Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel Math (From Simple Shapes to Geometry)
  70. How to Draw Icky Bugs
  71. Show Me How Big It Is! (Show Me)
  72. What I Saw in the Teachers' Lounge
  73. Who Would Win? Collection (5 Books) (Who Would Win? Lion Vs Tiger; Who…
  74. How Will I Get to School This Year?
  75. F is for Fenway: America's Oldest Major League Ballpark
  76. Who Would Win? Komodo Dragon Vs King Cobra and Who Would Win? Tarantula Vs…
  77. Butterfly Counting and Colors
  78. Dinosaur Christmas
  79. Read a Zillion Books (Meet the Author (Katonah, N.Y.).)
  80. Count by Tens (counting fruit)
  81. Who Would Win? (3 Book Set) (Who Would Win?, Lion Vs. Tiger; Killer Whale…
  82. The Big Engine : Counting on the Big Engine
  83. Candy Math Books Set Hershey's Milk Chocolate Weights and…
  84. Make Your Own Alphabet Book
  85. The Yucky Reptile #1
  86. Spice Alphabet Book: Herbs, Spices, and Other Natural Flavors
  87. Twizzlers
  88. World's Weirdest Critters
  89. Alphabet Books Set
  90. Reese's Pieces a counting book
  91. Icky Bug Shapes
  92. The Construction Alphabet Book
  93. Who Will See Their Shadows This Year?
  94. Sharks Big Bigger Biggest
  95. Twizzlers: Shapes and Patterns
  96. The Vegetable Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)
  97. Icky Bug Colors
  98. Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark
  99. Icky Bug Numbers
  100. The Boat Alphabet Book
  101. Shapes and Patterns (Math = Fun)
  102. Who Would Win? Polar Bear vs. Grizzly Bear
  103. Pizza Fractions (Math = Fun!)
  104. Who Would Win? Lion vs. Tiger
  105. Going Lobstering (Outdoor Adventures) (Outdoor Adventures)
  106. Dory Story
  107. The Jet Alphabet Book
  108. Who Would Win? Hammerhead vs. Bull Shark
  109. Show Me How Fast It Is! (Show Me)
  110. The Addition Book
  111. Who Would Win? Komodo Dragon vs. King Cobra
  112. Who Will Be My Valentine This Year?
  113. From Simple Shapes to Geometry
  114. The Subtraction Book
  115. Who Will Plant a Tree?
  116. Who Would Win? Wolverine vs. Tasmanian Devil
  117. Ocean Counting: Odd Numbers
  118. Multiplication
  119. Who Would Win? Whale vs. Giant Squid
  120. Count by fives
  121. Adding Fractions
  122. Multiplication and Division - Math = Fun! (Math equals Fun!)
  123. Who Will Be My Teacher This Year?
  124. Who Would Win? Tarantula vs. Scorpion
  125. The Sea Mammal Alphabet Book
  126. A Giraffe Did One
  127. Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel Math (From Simple Shapes to Geometry)
  128. How to Draw Icky Bugs
  129. Show Me How Big It Is! (Show Me)
  130. What I Saw in the Teachers' Lounge
  131. Who Would Win? Collection (5 Books) (Who Would Win? Lion Vs Tiger; Who…
  132. How Will I Get to School This Year?
  133. F is for Fenway: America's Oldest Major League Ballpark
  134. Who Would Win? Komodo Dragon Vs King Cobra and Who Would Win? Tarantula Vs…
  135. Butterfly Counting and Colors
  136. Dinosaur Christmas
  137. Read a Zillion Books (Meet the Author (Katonah, N.Y.).)
  138. Count by Tens (counting fruit)
  139. Who Would Win? (3 Book Set) (Who Would Win?, Lion Vs. Tiger; Killer Whale…
  140. The Big Engine : Counting on the Big Engine
  141. Candy Math Books Set Hershey's Milk Chocolate Weights and…
  142. Make Your Own Alphabet Book
  143. The Yucky Reptile #1
  144. Spice Alphabet Book: Herbs, Spices, and Other Natural Flavors
  145. Twizzlers
  146. World's Weirdest Critters
  147. Alphabet Books Set
  148. Reese's Pieces a counting book
  149. Retrieved from www.librarything.com/author/pallottajerry&all=1