The September StoryWalk at Lakeside Park will feature Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy and illustrated by Michael Austin.

Many of you may remember when Carmen visited Pittsburg in April 2018. This talented storyteller performed for over 800 area students at Memorial Auditorium. From there, she went to Pittsburg State University to speak to at the Bicknell Performing Arts Center. Carmen stopped by the Pittsburg Public Library to sign a few books and take a tour. She was so kind and gracious to the library staff.

Carmen Agra Deedy is the author of twelve books for children, including a New York Times Bestseller. Her personal stories first appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered. Deedy’s narratives are culled from her childhood as a Cuban refugee in Decatur, Georgia. She is host of the four-time Emmy-winning children’s program, Love That Book!

An award-winning author and storyteller, Deedy is also an accomplished lecturer, having been a guest speaker for both the TED and TEDx Conferences, the Library of Congress, Columbia University, the National Book Festival, and the Kennedy Center, among other distinguished venues. A life-long supporter of the institution, she opened the 2016 Art of the Book Lecture Series for the Smithsonian Libraries.

Don’t miss Martina the Beautiful Cockroach at Lakeside Park in September. StoryWalks are a great opportunity to combine literacy, exercise, and family time! Either read the story yourself or scan the QR code with your phone and listen to the author read in English and Spanish. Thank you, Carmen, and please come back to Kansas for another visit.

Visit Carmen Agra Deedy’s website