March 2nd 2016
Stacey Alfonso-Mills treated a Junior infants class of Maria Regina Prep School to a book reading of MANATEE HAS A QUESTION in collaboration with the school’s ‘reading challenge’ programme.
December 4th 2015
Stacey Alfonso-Mills participated at the ‘Meet the Author/Book Reading’ session at the Port of Spain’s Children’s Library, reading her latest book MANATEE HAS A QUESTION to 75 infant and junior students of the Maria Regina Prep School. Each student was treated to a Manatee Has a Question Colouring book as a take home gift.
October 20th 2015
MANATEE HAS A QUESTION is chosen for the 2015 Read for the Record Day. The local arm of the American literacy celebration was launched to the students of the Mucurapo Girls RC School on October 20, 2015. Stacey Alfonso-Mills (author) was invited to read her book while Ma Fable along with the drama students of St. Francois Girls School dramatized the characters Manatee, Caiman, Porcupine, Howler Monkey and Macaw.
July 22nd 2015
Book reading at Just Be Active Academy Camp at the National Stadium
Zoe The Therapy Dog during a book reading with special needs kids in Arizona
April 16, 2014
Official Book Launch:
Stacey Alfonso-Mills, local children’s author, officially launched her third children’s illustrated storybook MANATEE HAS A QUESTION at the children’s section of NALIS Port of Spain on April 16, 2014.
She was welcomed by children’s librarian, Ms. Lisa Lingo, an audience of enthusiastic children and her members of her family. The children were treated to a very interactive book reading of MANATEE HAS A QUESTION by the author. The children were asked many questions by Stacey relating to the story, which the children enthusiastically answered.
MANATEE HAS A QUESTION features five animals from the Nariva Swamp: West Indian Manatee, Spectacled Caiman, Red Howler Monkey, Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine and Blue and Gold Macaw. The book is locally written, illustrated and published for the early reader age group (or 5-8 years old). This new children’s storybook offers tremendous support to environmental agencies and wildlife organizations in Trinidad and Tobago as it has already captured the attention of many young readers and by extension, their parents.
Also published and launched alongside the storybook is the A MANATEE HAS A QUESTION Colouring Book.
April 8, 2014
Pre-Launch Activity – Visit to Primary School & Presentation to School Library:
On April 8, 2014, local children’s author, Stacey Alfonso-Mills, visited Trimont College in Glencoe, (a private primary/secondary school) to present a complimentary copy of her newest book Manatee has a Question to the school’s growing library.
On hand to receive the presentation from the author were Mr. Herman Rodriguez, Principal of Trimont College and Mrs. Diasie Sammy-Christopher, Trimont’s Librarian. Prior to the presentation, students of Primary 1 and Primary 4 were treated to a photo opportunity with the author as she introduced students to her latest book. Stacey, who is also a parent of Trimont College, expressed great pride that her books will contribute to the literary development of the students of the school.
February 18, 2014
Participated on a live chat show via Youtube along with Eva Green Wilson (host) and other fellow Caribbean authors Nerissa Golden and Carol Ottley-Mitchell. Had great discussions about writing literature and writing for children.
November 29, 2013
Visit to Mayaro Government Primary School and Guayaguayare RC Primary School to hold creative writing discussions with Standards 2 & 3 students, using The Boys of Sinclair Hill: The Princess, The Treasure and The Blue Dragon as the book guide. This visit is part of the Bridge Foundation’s ‘creative writing competition’ called the Read to Rise: Recognizing Readers Competition for Standards 1, 2 & 3 students.
Standards 2 & 3 students of both schools will use my 2nd book, The Boys of Sinclair Hill: The Princess, The Treasure and The Blue Dragon, to re-create a new story by using the characters of the book while creating a new adventure and ending for their story. Students will be judged on composition, storyboard development, comprehension, illustration, creativity and authenticity. The Standard 1 students of both schools will use another story book from another local author.
As a Bridge Foundation Ambassador to the Read to Rise programme, I will also be part of the judging team. The objective of the Bridge Foundation’s Read to Rise programme is to introduce books, encourage reading, expose children to a diversity of books and help increase the quantity and quality of books in schools. I am very proud to be associated with this NGO and programme and even prouder that both of my books are part of the reading package for Standards 1, 2 & 3.
November 12, 2013
Book-reading visit to Maple Leaf International School. Two book reading sessions are scheduled: Grade 1 at 8:00am and Grades 2 & 3 together at 8:35am. Students were treated to a ‘sneak-peak’ reading of my upcoming storybook Manatee Has a Question.
The feedback was great and generated lots of discussion about local and endangered animals in Trinidad & Tobago. A few students event threw in an elephant and whale for good measure!! It is always a pleasure reading for Maple Leaf International School and I always look forward to the next invitation.
Book Reading at Trinidad & Tobago Bocas Lit Fest, NALIS, Port of Spain, T&T
Book Reading at St. Andrew’s School, T&T
Book Reading at Maple Leaf International School, T&T
Book Reading & Signing at Nigel R Khan Bookstore, Westmall, T&T
Book Reading & Seminar at Hopkett Morvant Baptist School, T&T
Release of The Boys of Sinclair Hill (The Princess, The Treasure & The Blue Dragon) at Bits and Pieces Christmas Fair, Port of Spain, T&T
Book Reading at Read-Aloud programme, Maple Leaf International School, T&T.
Official launch of first book The Boys of Sinclair Hill (Fun in the Backyard) at NALIS, Port of Spain. Officiated by Nikki Crosby. Attendees included Mrs. Z. Hassanali, former First Lady of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Garth Chatoor, former CEO of Powergen and students from St. Theresa’s Girls’ RC School, Maple Leaf International School & St. Andrew’s School.