Alexandra Alessandri

Sunday, May 1, 2022, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Spanish River Library

Boca Raton, Florida – Join the Boca Raton Public Library in welcoming award-winning children’s book author Alexandra Alessandri to the Spanish River Library in celebration of Children’s Book Week! She will read her latest book, Isabel and her colors go to school, which won the Gold Medal for Young Children’s Literature at the 2021 Florida Book Awards. Children’s Book Week is a new annual event funded by the Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library. The author’s presentation will be followed by a fun craft for children aged 4 and up.

Alexandra Alessandri is the author of Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela!, Isabel and her colors go to school, and the next mid-level fantasy, The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía. The daughter of Colombian immigrants, she is also a former associate professor of English, a writer for Curriculum Associates, and a poet, with some of her work appearing in The Acentos magazine, Rio Grande review, Atlanta Reviewand Young Adult Review Network. Alexandra lives in Florida with her husband and son.

On Isabel and her colors go to school: English, with its windy blues and whites, does not suit Isabel. She prefers the hot oranges and pinks of Spanish. As she prepares for class at a new school, she knows she’s going to have to learn – and she’d rather not! Her first day is uncomfortable, until she discovers that there are many ways to communicate with friends. It’s a universal story about feeling new and making new friends.

“Alexandra Alessandri’s book reminds us that communication between two languages ​​relies on more than words,” notes Oyuki De Santiago Poletz, Program Services Librarian. “It uses our whole body, including our creative side, to connect two seemingly separate worlds. Beautifully written and illustrated, speakers of any language are sure to feel the warmth created as they forge new friendships.

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