Local author selected for 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week

Kathy Brodsky will film national segment for prestigious Children’s Book Council

Local author Kathy Brodsky was recently selected by the Children’s Book Council to participate in the upcoming Children’s Book Week’s 100th anniversary celebration in New York City.

Brodsky will be traveling to New York City at the end of February to be featured in a video series celebrating the Children’s Book Week anniversary. She’ll be discussing her children’s book, “My Bent Tree,” and sharing with viewers how the book’s main character – a young tree who is struck by lightning – was inspired by her own battle with a serious illness as a child.

“I’d like kids to understand that no matter what happens in their lives, if they work hard, if others believe in them and they believe in themselves, there’s no limit to what they can do,” Brodsky said.

As a psychotherapist for over 40 years, Brodsky is able to tap into universal emotions of people of all ages with themes that are evident in her books. Teachers have often used her messages to further social awareness in their students.

Brodsky said she’s eager to share her books with an even wider audience through the upcoming video series and hopes her work will help kids get excited about reading.

“It’s so important to read because reading is the basis for everything,” she said. “If we can get young kids interested in reading – even as babies – the love of reading can continue until old age.”

Brodsky is a local writer and poet. She has published 13 books, 12 of which are children’s books, and one that is a collection of 65 poems reflecting her observations and insights about life. She has talked about her writing and presented her books to many different schools, and to audiences of all ages. In addition, she was the writer-in-residence at the Pierce School in Bennington and at the Harold Martin School in Hopkinton.