Bilingual Book Release: Kiara and the Virus / Kiara y el virus


RSVP | via ZOOM | 10% off Kiara and the Virus / Kiara y el virus*

Dear Educators and Parents,

Please join us for a unique online book launch, Thursday, February 4, 2021, 4:30-5:30 pm celebrating the release of author Kianny Antigua’s latest children’s book, Kiara and the Virus / Kiara y el viruspublished by Sussman Education/Lightswitch Learning (

Kiara and the Virus / Kiara y el virus is the second book in the series written by Kianny. The first book Greña / Crazy Hair won first place in the Most Inspirational Children’s Picture Book category of the Latino Book Awards in 2018.

Kiara and The Virus / Kiara y el virus is a bilingual grades 1-6 book that engages young readers as it explores the challenges of being at home isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic. With everyday routines disrupted, Kiara and her pet parrot Lulu discover new ways to support others during the crisis. In making the best of a very challenging situation, Kiara learns that each of us are heroes and that we all can develop empathy for others at home or in the community.

“This book offers a rich reading experience in which fundamental values such as equity, diversity, interaction, and expression at home shine.”
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About the Author
Kianny N. Antigua specializes in writing bilingual children’s literature based on her experiences as a young Dominican girl. Faced with a series of dead-end jobs as a teenager, Kianny made the decision to go to school and get an education so that she could pursue her life goals. Today, she is a Senior Lecturer at Dartmouth College.

About Sussman Education./Lightswitch Learning (
Lightswitch Learning is a division of Sussman Education, a leader in K-12 digital and print sales distribution that has served New York City schools and communities around the country for 50 years. The mission of Sussman Education/Lightswitch Learning is to help parents and students be the best they can be and to provide the resources parents and teachers need to help their children succeed socially, emotionally, physically, and academically.

The Book Lounge is a collaboration with Sussman Education/Lightswitch Learning and the Dominican Writers Association.


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Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
via ZOOM
New York, NY 10032