New Children’s Book About Befriending a Syrian Refugee Celebrates Premiere Grand Launch at Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie Today

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Author Kevin Christofora celebrates the premiere grand launch of his new children’s book, ‘Amira Can Catch'—which deals with inclusiveness and diversity—at Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie today.

"This book offers parents a tool to teach children what it means to be an American, why so many other people come here wanting to be an American, and how fortunate we are to already be Americans.”

"The Hometown All-Stars" children's book series by author, Kevin Christofora, has followed the tale of Nick and his baseball team through many adventures and lessons. Some of the lessons Nick and the All-Stars have learned along the way include lessons like sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, self-confidence, and self-esteem. In ‘Amira Can Catch’, the newest children’s book in the series, the All-Stars learn some of their most important lessons yet.

Amira is new in school. She has just moved to town from Syria, where she lived in a refugee camp. Nick befriends her and invites her to join the baseball team. Arguably the most important lesson the All-Stars have learned yet, befriending Amira teaches them about inclusion, diversity, and what it means to be an American.

Christofora says, "This book offers parents a tool to teach children what it means to be an American, why so many other people come here wanting to be an American, and how fortunate we are to already be Americans.” He adds, “Part of being a good American is welcoming and including others. Being a good American starts young. I hope the children who read this book carry the lessons with them through the rest of their lives.”

Today, April 15, 2018, Christofora will be celebrating the premiere grand launch of the book at Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be an author signing and reading in the kids’ department.

Through the story of Amira, parents are given a tool to teach children that we are all human, no matter what our skin color or religion is. He says, “Now, more than ever, it is important to learn about diversity and inclusion at an early age. I hope that my story makes the world a more accepting, inclusive, better place.”

Distributed by Midpoint Books, “The Hometown All Stars” series is currently available at Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Follet, Brodart, Mackin and everywhere books are sold.

Kevin Christofora

Christofora, a father and little league coach, hopes his books will inspire children to play outside more often. A devotee of America's pastime, he aims to teach young people about baseball and the habits of a healthy lifestyle in the form of a fun and educational bedtime story.

He has appeared on ABC News, ESPN Radio, 660 News Radio, Santa Fe - KVSF 101.5, and WDST-FM Woodstock, and has had articles featured in About Families Online, KidzEdge, Mom Blog Society, and several other publications.

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