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Presented by The Young Dreamer’s Bookstore in partnership with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Dreaming with Authors Featuring Kelly Starling Lyons

Pittsburgh, PA  –   – 

Pittsburgh native and award-winning children’s book author Kelly Starling Lyons will read from her award-winning book My Hands Tell a Story during a free event at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty location (130 S. Whitfield Street, 15206) on Saturday, March 25 at 12 pm. My Hands Tell a Story is about a little girl who becomes transported by the tales her grandmother’s hands tell, while baking bread with her.

Saturday, March 25 | 12 – 2 pm
CLP – East Liberty, 2nd floor
130 S. Whitfield Street, 15206

Presented by The Young Dreamer’s Bookstore, the program is geared toward school age kids in grades K-5 and will include an overview of Mrs. Starling Lyons’s works including Miles Lewis Book King of the Ice, Jada Jones Chapter Book Series, Sing a Song, and Ty Travels Book Series. A short Q&A session, moderated by Dr. Nosakhere Griffin-EL, will follow the presentation. Items will be available for purchase onsite at a pop-up Young Dreamer’s Bookstore.

Kelly Starling Lyons began her journey to become a children’s book author in her hometown of Pittsburgh. She learned the art of storytelling from her mom who took her to productions at a children’s theater, wrote plays and made up bedtime tales. Her grandparents, who showed their imagination through cooking and gardening, taught her to honor the magic of history and home.

Now a children’s book author and teaching artist, her mission is to center Black heroes, celebrate family, friendship and heritage and show all kids the storyteller they hold inside. Many of her books have won accolades including a Caldecott Honor for Going Down Home with Daddy, Christopher Award for Tiara’s Hat Parade, a Geisel Honor for Ty’s Travels: Zip, Zoom, and Junior Library Guild selection for Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon.

She has written more than a dozen books for young readers that span from easy readers to picture books and chapter books, including She Persisted: Dorothy Height, Tea Cakes for Tosh and Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice & Sing Inspired Generations.

More information can be found on the Library’s event page.


About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - To Engage our Community in Literacy and Learning

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is supporting individual achievement and strengthening the power of community. Through the community’s investment, the Library is enhancing the lives of people in the greater Pittsburgh region with dynamic and diverse resources such as creative learning programs for children and teens, job and career assistance for our community's workforce, and free computer and Internet access for all. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh builds community, enables learning, provides access and values people.

About The Young Dreamers’ Bookstore

The Young Dreamers’ Bookstore is a mobile book retail startup founded in 2022 for young children and their families. We provide a broad array of inspiring children book titles to “meet kids at their dreams.” We proudly feature books that herald protagonists of African descent from across the globe and/or are written by talented and culturally diverse writers. We do this to normalize cultural inclusion, while also sparking children’s imagination and self-efficacy. We appeal to the growing community of teachers, parents, and community leaders who wish to ignite young people’s ability to create dreams that are personally fulfilling and socially relevant.


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