National Library Week and WePAC

Kate/ April 11, 2012/ blog, news

Kate Garchinsky - WePAC

On Wednesday, April 11, I read my manuscript, Time to Fly to three classes of Kindergartners and First Graders at Charles Drew School in West Philadelphia, as part of WePAC’s celebration of National Library Week. In the past 2 years, WePAC (West Philadelphia Alliance for Children) has reopened, staffed, and stocked dozens of libraries in underserved communities on a volunteer basis. Other writers, illustrators, and local celebrities who participated include: Gene BarrettaBrian BiggsBecky BirthaLindsay Barrett GeorgeDan GutmanBob McLeodKathye PetrieMatt PhelanDeborah Kogan RayMichael SmerconishChrysa SmithPamela TuckDavid WiesnerState Representative Michelle BrownleeCassandra Hayes, and NBC10 Anchor Lori Wilson. More info, photos, and video will appear soon on my blog. Help support WePAC spread literacy throughout the region with donations of time, money, books or supplies!

About Kate

Kate Garchinsky illustrates and writes children’s books and educational media in her studio in the woodlands near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her debut picture book, The Secret Life of the Red Fox, written by acclaimed wildlife author, Laurence Pringle, received a starred review from School Library Journal. Kate Garchinsky received a grant from the Eckelberry Fellowship at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where she has been researching and illustrating extinction stories about North American birds such as the Passenger Pigeon and the Carolina Parakeet. Prior to creating children’s books, Kate designed lots of fun things like toys, birdbaths and trail maps. She lives with her husband Brian, Julia and Spencer the cats, and her one-eyed beagle, Maggie May. Kate recently signed on to illustrate two more “Secret Life” narrative non-fiction picture books with Boyds Mills Press—The Secret Life the Little Brown Bat (2018) and The Secret Life of the Skunk (2019). While drawing foxes and bats, Kate also began work on Belle’s Journey, a middle-grade non-fiction chapter book by ornithologist and osprey expert, Rob Bierregaard (Charlesbridge 2018). Get to know more about Kate Garchinsky at (aka