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Children’s Book About Befriending a Syrian Refugee Celebrates Premiere Grand Launch

at Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie on April 15, 2018

Author Kevin Christofora will celebrate the debut his new children’s book, ‘Amira Can Catch,' which deals with inclusiveness and diversity at Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie on April 15, 2018.

Kevin Christofora's "The Hometown All-Stars" children's book series offers children a number of important lessons, including: self-esteem, self-confidence, teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, the importance of role models, and winning and losing.  In his newest children’s book, ‘Amira Can Catch’ Christofora tackles what can arguably be called the most important lessons yet: that Americans come from many backgrounds, that inclusivity is important, even in the schoolyard, and the importance of befriending someone who is new or different.


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

In Amira Can Catch, Nick and the rest of the team meet a new girl at school: Amira, a Syrian refugee.  Nick invites her to join the baseball team, and he and the team not only make a new friend, they also learn about Syrian culture, giving them a taste of the many different cultures that comprise America’s melting pot.

Christofora says, “Learning about diversity and inclusion are lessons that America’s children need now more than ever.”  He adds, "I hope I can make the world a better place with a bedtime story that teaches children that Americans come from many diverse backgrounds, and that they take that lesson into their own lives and befriend someone who is new or different.” 

It is Christofora’s hope that the story of Amira will give parents a tool with which they can teach their children that we are all human, no matter what our skin color or religion is.  Through the story, he also conveys 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.

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 OnlineKidzEdgeMom Blog Society, and several other publications.

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