Ralph Fletcher

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Ralph Fletcher
Born(1953-03-17)March 17, 1953
Marshfield, Massachusetts
Occupationyoung adult novelist, poet, children's book author
Spouse(s)JoAnn Portalupi

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Ralph Fletcher (born March 17, 1953) is a writer of children's picture books, young-adult fiction and poetry as well as books for both children and teachers on the art of writing.

Biography[change | change source]

Ralph Fletcher grew up in Marshfield, Massachusetts. He is the oldest of nine children.[1] Each of his parents were one of eight children. [2]He got his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College in 1975 and his M.F.A degree in writing from Columbia University in 1983.[3] In college he studied in Tonga in the South Pacific and Sierra Leone, South Africa. After getting his masters degree, Ralph worked in New York City classrooms as part of the Teacher College writing project.[2] Fletcher now lives in Lee, New Hampshire.[3] He is married to JoAnn Portalupi, with her he has written several books for teachers.[4] Together they have four sons.[1]

Awards[change | change source]

His young adult novel Uncle Daddy won a Christopher Medal in the Books for Young People, ages 10-12 category in 2002.[5] Fig Pudding, a young adult book by Fletcher, was recommended as one of the ten best books of 1995 by the American Library Association.[6] Fletcher's poetry book I Am Wings was chosen by School Library Journal as one of their best books of 1994.[7]

Books[change | change source]

Children's picture books[change | change source]

Poetry books[change | change source]

Memoir[change | change source]

Young adult books[change | change source]

Books for teachers[change | change source]

Books on writing for children[change | change source]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sylvia M. Vardell (2007). Poetry People: A Practical Guide to Children's Poets. Littleton, Colo: Libraries Unlimited. pp. p29. ISBN 1-59158-443-4.CS1 maint: Extra text (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ralph Fletcher. "Seminars". Retrieved 2008-12-08.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Perkins, Agnes; Helbig, Alethea (2002). Dictionary of American children's fiction, 1995-1999: books of recognized merit. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. p. 124. ISBN 0-313-30389-4.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. Cara Falcetti; Blanchard, Mary Warner (2006). Poets for Young Adults: Their Lives and Works. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. pp. p90. ISBN 0-313-32884-6.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: Extra text (link)
  5. "The Christophers, Inc". Archived from the original on 2008-11-26. Retrieved 2008-11-26.
  6. Judith S. Levey, ed. (August 1997). World Almanac for Kids. St Martins Press. pp. p32. ISBN 978-0886878122.CS1 maint: Extra text (link)
  7. "SLJ's best books 1994. (cover story)". School Library Journal Vol. 40 (Issue 12): p20. December 1994. ISSN 0362-8930. 

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