Summer Preview — Part 1 (May and June)

It’s only mid-May and already there are loads of things on my writer’s calendar that I am excited about. I just found out that my book The World’s Strangest Foods was added to the Society Of Children’s Book Writers And Illustrators (SCBWI) Official Reading List for Summer 2016! They have recommended it for kids in grades 3-5.

Strange Foods book cover


Last week I had a great time visiting with kids in grades 3-6 at Virgil Elementary School in Cortland, NY. Librarian Katy Charles was kind enough to share some pictures from the event. The students were a wonderful audience and asked so many good questions. 

Talking about the fun of nonfiction

Talking about the fun of nonfiction

I am very excited about presenting next week to a group of librarians at the North Country School Library Systems Conference being held in Lake Placid on May 23. The subject of my presentation will be “Bringing the World to Young Readers.” I’m really looking forward to talking about the connections to geography and the world’s cultures through my magazine articles and books. There will even be some sneak peaks from books coming out this summer:

Brazil (Exploring World Cultures) book -- due out in August!

Brazil (Exploring World Cultures) book — due out in August!

I’ll also be doing an event related to my picture book Francisco’s Kites at the Red Jacket Community Library in Shortsville, NY on June 29. Here’s what their website says:

Book Reading & Discussion-Francisco’s Kites (Ages 7-11)

When: Wed, June 29, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Description: Author Alicia Z. Klepeis will visit the library for a book reading & discussion of her book “Francisco’s Kites”. Children can also partake in a kite making craft. A yummy snack will be provided.
Francisco's Kites screenshot

Tune in again soon to see what else is happening — it should be a fantastic summer!