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Winter 2020 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner 

April 27, 2020 
National Association of Book Entrepreneurs 

“Gracie (Spanish/English)” wins Best Children’s Bilingual Book
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2019 Story Monsters Approved! Winners Announced

March 23, 2020 
Story Monsters LLC

“Gracie (Spanish/English)” wins a Story Monsters Approved! Excellence In Literature Award
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WC graduate Peter Leslie provides the soundtrack to sister’s shaggy dog story

March 10, 2020
Worthington Christian School Alumni News

You never know when taking in a stray dog can change your life. Ask Peter Leslie, a 2010 Worthington Christian graduate, and his sister Katie, who attended Worthington Christian from fifth to tenth grade.

What was supposed to be a typical grocery run turned out to be a life-changing experience for the Leslie family. When Katie and her mother Nancy were stopping for groceries at a rural mountain gas station in North Carolina, the two discovered a stray dog wandering through the parking lot. Katie, a budding writer, took the dog in.

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Aunt Katie’s Place: Bilingual Audiobooks For Language Learners 

March 4, 2020
Mommy Maestra (www.mommymaestra.com)

There is so much to love about this first book! The illustrations, the storyline, the audio… every last one of them is sweet and lovely and engaging. When you first open the book, you are directed to the author’s (Kathryn Leslie, aka “Aunt Katie”) website – dubbed Aunt Katie’s Place – to download the free audio. You have two options: a bilingual version (English and the target language), or an immersion version (target language only). I chose the bilingual version to go with my book. 
 
When I first sat down to read it with the accompanying Spanish/English audio, my 2-year-old happened to walk by and he was immediately captivated. He climbed onto my lap and quietly listened and looked at the illustrations as I turned the pages in time with the audio. He pointed to different items on each page as we read along.
 

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Local Author Writes Bilingual Books For Children

March 24, 2020 
All About Women Magazine – March/April 2020 Issue

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Local Author Writes Bilingual Books For Children

March 4, 2020
Ashe Post and Times (www.ashepostandtimes.com)
Mountain Times (www.mountaintimes.com)

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New Children’s Book by Ashe County Author Features Appalachia Scenery While Educating Kids

February 28, 2020
High Country Press (www.hcpress.com)

“Gracie: A Bilingual Adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains” is a recently published children’s book that features the Appalachian Mountains as the backdrop. The story is also bilingual, promoting young children to start learning another language. Written by Ashe County, N.C. resident, Kathryn Leslie, the book showcases 24 watercolor illustrations and includes a look-and-find of the local mountain foliage. The sweet story follows a lonely dog, Gracie, on her search for fun and companionship. Children will enjoy Gracie’s adventure through the colorful countryside, her passion for dancing and her encounters with some familiar farm animals. Each page features English and a foreign language. The story is currently translated into three versions: Spanish/English, French/English, and German/English with free bilingual and immersive audio downloads available.

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Language Learning Book Features Appalachian Scenery

February 25, 2020
The News Herald (www.morganton.com)

LANSING — “Gracie: A Bilingual Adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains” is a recently published children’s book featuring the Appalachian Mountains as a backdrop.

The purpose of the book is to help young children to learn another language, so each page features English and a foreign language. The story is translated into three versions: Spanish/English, French/English, and German/English, with free bilingual and immersive audio downloads available.

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