Not long ago, it dawned on me that I am now officially the author of FIFTEEN diverse children’s books for young readers.
Book Celebration Day 11 | Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess Series Book One
Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess series is the latest project in a long line of ambitious (and successful!) book projects!
What makes this exceptional diverse picture book series even more unique is the fact that it was inspired by my daughter, Kayla Pecchioni. The Kayla series is not Kayla P’s real-life story, but it reflects the joy of a proud mom (me!) watching her talented daughter grow, bloom, and flourish.
I am so proud of her and how she weathered storms throughout her young life. She has strength and resilience that make me incredibly proud. Some of her fire came from me, but just as much was firmly embedded in her DNA before she was born.
After graduation, the real-life Kayla picked a challenging profession to pursue, but she is flourishing as a triple-threat performer. As a professional actor, dancer, and singer, Kayla P’s accomplishments continue to blaze the trail for other Black female entertainers. As of the writing of this blog post, Kayla is officially in the midst of the Broadway production, Paradise Square!
Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: is a heartwarming story about family, role models, dreams, and discovering a determination for growth. This five-part diverse picture book series shines the spotlight on a little brown girl who loves musical theatre and never lets anything get in the way of her dreams. It seems that everyone else has an idea for who she should be, but in the end, she discovers that she is the one who gets to decide.
The Louisville Book Festival 2021 is coming!
This online (Zoom) gathering continues to provide the opportunity to celebrate the city’s culture and vibrancy and reach the goal that all students have access to books in their homes.
Highway 65 is the divide between east and west Louisville. West of 65, there are no book stores which greatly reduces access to books for our children and youth, creating a book desert. Our goal for the Louisville Book Festival is to ensure every child that attends the Book Festival on Children’s Day leaves with at least one free age-appropriate book. We will continue to work on the goal of getting books into the hands of children year-round through our programs like It Pays to Read.
This 501(c) (3) non-profit organization was founded in 2018 to celebrate and promote the love and the benefits of reading, writing, and literacy. We believe that literacy is a fundamental human right and that there is power and purpose in bringing books to life every day of the year. We celebrate books and use them to highlight and grow the resilient culture of our vibrant city, as well as to encourage and elevate our creative thinking as a community. This book is open to the public and we will have amazing authors from all over the nation on hand to talk books and sign copies.
Please join us on October 22nd and 23rd, 2021 via ZOOM for excitement and exploration of all things books! Visit the website for more details.