Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction



Illinois Connection

Polonsky grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and now lives in Deerfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ami Polonsky is a 6th grade English teacher, mother to two young children, and author, among other things. A former literacy coach, she remains devoted to guiding children towards a love of books and helping create lifetime readers.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """Gracefully Grayson"""


-- *LGBTQ+ inclusive summer reading list, HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN, 2016

-- *#2 of 32 Perfect Books To Kick Off Your Book Club, BuzzFeed Books

-- *Rainbow List Top Ten pick, ALA, 2016

-- *Best Older Fiction List, Chicago Public Library, 2014

-- *30 LGBTQIA+ Children’s Books List, Bustle

-- *Exceptional Merit Book List, Bank Street Best Books, 2015

-- *KidsReads Reviewer Pick, 2014

-- *BFYA list, YALSA, 2015

-- *Kids’ Indie Next List, Winter 2014

-- *Rick’s Reads List, #1 New York Times bestselling author Rick Riordan, 2014


-- """Threads"""

-- *READ ACROSS AMERICA book, National Education Association, March 2018

-- *Kids’ Indie Next List, Winter 2016