The local author of a fun children's book wants to help kids understand food allergies and have more empathy.

Alicia J. Pfaff will be doing an online "read aloud" for her new book titled: "If I Can't Eat Flies, What Am I?".

Pfaff has partnered with Palmerton Area Library to do a live Zoom reading to promote the book and to inspire to kids to read. The Palmerton resident wrote the cute educational story ten years ago after a rude stranger made one of her two children cry over their food allergies. Pfaff looked around for books to help her children understand the subject. She found just one, but it was too dry for kids. She thought to herself, there needs to be something better.

"It would be nice to have one that the kids could laugh with, you know, relate to, help them feel a little bit, like less abnormal, you know."

After writing the book that night, Pfaff enlisted her friend Paula, an artist and teacher to one of her children, to do the illustrations.

"I really got emotional because it was on my bucket list like the one thing I really wanted to do was illustrate a children's book."

To join the fun-filled live zoom reading, register using the link on the library's Facebook page. The event begins at 10:30am this Friday.