Tue, Feb 02|
Zoom & Facebook Live
Virtual Book Reading
We opened our pre-release virtual book readings to amazing reviews! If you live with food allergies, know someone who does, or are just wondering why so many schools restrict the foods you can send in...this book is for you!
Time & Location
Feb 02, 2021, 9:00 PM EST – Feb 03, 2021, 10:00 PM EST
Zoom & Facebook Live
About the Event
This time is especially chosen to accommodate our West Coast fly fans (or night owls)! Join us for a sneak peek at our book, If I Can't Eat Flies, What Am I? (see the book cover/pages and hear the story read aloud).
Guest Reader: Madison Williams. I met Madison Williams while performing in Guys & Dolls at the Shawnee Playhouse during the summer of 2019. She is in her first year of graduate school at Temple University with a major/concentration in Musical Theater Studies. Upon graduating, Madison plans on getting her certification to teach and applying for her doctorate. She is an avid learner and loves children’s books!
I'm sure you know that frogs eat flies, but if Tad eats flies, then he breaks out in hives. So, he must not be a frog, don’t you see? A frog is something he must not be. He goes on a journey, wanders out and about, to discover what he might be (he’s determined to find out). Things don’t go as planned. That’s often the way life goes. But, Tad learns some important lessons, and by the end of the story he knows that he is still a fabulous frog who just happens to not eat flies (and that includes live flies, dead flies or flies cooked in a pie).
Whether you live with food allergies, have a friend or loved one who does, or are wondering why in most schools you see rules against bringing foods you may love, this fun and lighthearted story is for you!
Alicia wrote IF I CAN'T EAT FLIES, WHAT AM I? to provide children living with food allergies a character that they can relate to and learn from, while also providing their parents with a way to start the conversation about the tougher feelings surrounding a food allergy diagnosis. Alicia knows firsthand how challenging life with severe food allergies can be, since the book is inspired by her son’s experiences growing up with multiple severe allergies to common foods like dairy, soy, wheat and egg. Equally as important to her is the desire to raise awareness and compassion in those who interact with these children and their families.
“The timing of this book release is fortunate in a way, because with the pandemic, most are experiencing firsthand what it feels like to be unsure of whether they should touch, talk to, interact with or share food with another person,” Pfaff says. “Everyone is working through the grief of missing important celebrations and holidays with their loved ones and friends—of feeling isolated. That will make it easier for people to relate to children with food allergies. They feel that way often, and with no end in sight.”
“Alicia has done an amazing job here; I just love the story! The writing is wonderful, and so is the art,” says Jennifer Rees, editor at Reedsy and a premier children’s book editor of award-winning and New York Times bestselling books such as THE HUNGER GAMES and WAR HORSE. "[Alicia] tackles such a great and much-needed topic for a picture book. Our lives deeply revolve around food and the celebration of events with food, so I think Alicia’s book would come in handy in so many situations (in schools and at home).”
We will send out the Zoom link for this meeting 3 days before the event. Please do not share the link, instead, invite your friends to register. This will be live-streamed on Facebook, but will NOT be posted afterwards.