Children’s book author Matt de la Peña visits Charlotte for Community Read

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New York Times best-selling author Matt de la Peña visited Charlotte as part of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Community Read event on Thursday.

The event was held at the ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center in the Wells Fargo Playhouse where de la Peña’s read his latest book, “Love”.

Like de la Peña’s “Love”, his books’ themes are centered on love amid inequality and racism. His messages of shared humanity and interconnectedness have resonated with readers of all ages around the world.

De la Peña has been awarded the Newbery Medal and the National Council of Teachers of English Intellectual Freedom Award.

During his visit to ImaginOn, de la Peña read from his picture book, “Love”, and answered questions. A book signing followed the event and his books were available to purchase.

Every spring, Channel 9 teams up with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to collect new and gently used books for children and teens.

Book donations are distributed by the library to area children and teens through Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Outreach Services without the need to check out and return the book. Find more information by clicking this link.