Book Reading with Local Author to be Held at Elk County Council on the Arts

RIDGWAY – Originally from St. Marys, author Anita Gnan will be visiting the Elk County Council on the Arts Gallery to introduce her brand-new book, “Kibble: The Monarch Caterpillar Afraid to Get Wings.”

People can come and join for a book reading by the author and to take advantage of the opportunity to have a copy signed. The reading starts at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the ECCOTA Gallery.

Kibble is a warm and humorous tale about a young, vulnerable caterpillar named Kibble who’s afraid to turn into a butterfly.

Inspired by an unlikely mentor, Kibble discovers the joys of getting wings, the value of friendship and how to overcome his fear.

Focused on nature, the environment and respect for all living things, “Kibble” is a heartfelt coming-of-age story that engages young readers, parents and teachers through down-to-earth characters and entertaining yet meaningful situations.

Additional fun facts and information following the story explain metamorphosis, pollination and the life cycle of butterflies and moths in an easy-to-grasp, child-friendly way, making it a great resource for classrooms, museums and nature enthusiasts.

Designed as a pre-cursor to chapter books, this beautifully illustrated full-color read-along storybook includes an audiobook CD with optional digital download, word-for-word narration, easy to follow page turns and original sound effects, making it a joy for all ages young at heart.

A long-time advocate for the environment, Gnan’s book sales are dedicated toward education, aiding communities, restoring habitat and preserving wildlife.

She’s taught children for more than 20 years, holds a Bachelor’s degree in music and theater, is a member of SAG-AFTRA, SCBWI and an ambassador for Heal the Bay.

She’s worked for Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures and Brandman Productions before forming her own multimedia production company. 

For more information, please contact Sara Frank, gallery coordinator, at or 814-772-7051.

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