WFPL Gracie

The West Falmouth Library has arranged for Kathryn Leslie, author of “Gracie: A Bilingual Adventure In The Blue Ridge Mountains,” to be available for a virtual author visit on June 4.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Falmouth Library will host a virtual author visit on Thursday, June 4, at 10:30 AM with Kathryn Leslie, author of “Gracie: A Bilingual Adventure In The Blue Ridge Mountains,” a children’s book written in both Spanish and English.

This Zoom virtual visit will include an interactive presentation for children of all ages and activity sheets featuring characters from the award-winning Spanish/English version of “Gracie.”

“Our West Falmouth Library team is excited to bring Gracie’s Blue Ridge Mountain escapades to children who right now may need a four-legged friend,” said Angie Celia, children’s program coordinator for the library. Ms. Celia hopes the Zoom-in will be the first of many video author visits.

Copies of the book can be purchased at Aunt Katie’s Place virtual bookshop. The site will donate 10 percent of each purchase to the library.

Ms. Leslie is a resident of Lansing, North Carolina, where she is working on a master of library and informational sciences degree at the University of North Carolina.

“Gracie: A Bilingual Adventure In The Blue Ridge Mountains,” follows a lonely dog, Gracie, on her search for fun and companionship. Children will enjoy Gracie’s adventure through the colorful countryside, her passion for dancing and her encounters with some familiar farm animals. The book showcases 24 watercolor illustrations and includes a look-and-find of the Appalachian Mountain foliage. Each page features English and Spanish translations. The book was written to assist monolingual adults in helping children become bilingual.

The book has received a Story Monsters Approved! Excellence In Literature Award and a National Association for Bilingual Education Pinnacle Award for Best Bilingual Children’s Book.

Families may reserve their spot to attend the library’s free program by contacting Ms. Celia at missangiewfl@gmail.com.

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