Author Katina Chimney has created a character readers of all ages will instantly love. In her first book entitled “Keilah West, The World’s Greatest Klutz,” Chimney uses humor to capture the reader’s attention. Paired with colorful illustrations, the text is perfectly written for elementary students. The author uses great expression and lively phrases that children will remember and most likely recite. Keliah is a character that is both lovable and relatable.
As an urban literacy specialist, I love how this book supports Katina’s Read In Color campaign, which supports and promotes children to read multicultural books. I believe it is imperative for children to be exposed to books that represent themselves, their families, their classmates, friends, and community. Keliah West is an prime example of a character that anybody any age can make a connection to. I look forward to seeing what Keliah West (and author Katina Chimney) does next.
-Kathryn Starke, Urban Literacy Specialist, Author, Founder of Creative Minds Publications, LLC