About Tracey Kyle

I’ve always loved books. I grew up in New Jersey with three younger sisters in a busy house with a lawyer dad and a stay-at-home mom, and to get away from the noise I would hide in my room and read. My father brought home a bag full of books for me each week and by seventh grade, I had a collection four shelves high in my bedroom. I also loved writing poems that rhymed.


My husband and I live in Northern Virginia with our 2 cats, Penelope and Fiona. My husband is a retired principal. Penelope is 8 years old and likes to sleep. Fiona is a kitten and is running around climbing all over everything! 

When I’m not writing, I’m teaching! I taught Spanish & French to high schoolers for a long time. Now I work in a middle school with very enthusiastic 8th graders. Some of them are learning Spanish for the first time, but others are Hispanic and are learning to read and write better in Spanish.  

You’ll find me writing in my kitchen. On a laptop. With Fiona by my side. I write a lot in the summer when I’m not in school, and on weekends and snow days! I may write for 30 minutes or 3 hours; it depends on my schedule.  

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My Books

GAZPACHO FOR NACHO
by Tracey Kyle
illustrated by Carolina Farias
Amazon Two Lions, 2014
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A PAINTBRUSH FOR

PACO
by Tracey Kyle
illustrated by Joshua Heinsz
little bee books

 

FOOD FIGHT FIESTA

by Tracey Kyle

illustrated by Ana Gomez

Sky Pony Press

PEPE AND THE

PARADE

by Tracey Kyle

illustrated by Mireille Ortega

little bee books

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ALPACA PATI'S FANCY

FLEECE

by Tracey Kyle

illustrated by Yoss Sánchez

Running Press

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GAZPACHO FOR NACHO

“The enchantment of this book lies in the beautifully warm and colorful illustrations. Kyle’s use of English and Spanish gastronomical words make this bilingual book satisfying in both languages. ”- Library Media Connection

 

“K-Gr 3—This is the charming story of a picky eater who only wants one thing to eat—gazpacho…The text is integrated nicely on the spreads and easy to read. Though Latin-inspired, this tale of a picky eater will resonate with many. It will make a fun read-aloud because of the rhyming text in addition to lending itself to interesting discussions about food, food avoidances, and trying new things.”  -School Library Journal.

 

A PAINTBRUSH FOR PACO

“A tale for Spanish and art students alike, allowing them to be inspired to let the right side of their brains shine.” School Library Journal

"A bright, engaging story about a boy who finds something that's worth paying attention to." 

Booklist Online 

Lu & Bean Podcast # 054: Food Fight Fiesta with author Tracey Kyle

 

FOOD FIGHT FIESTA

“A high-spirited celebration of a unique experience. (glossary, bibliography, websites)”  Kirkus Reviews

 

“…this is a good time, and an author’s note, glossary, and bibliography anchor this fun and widely unknown romp…” Booklist Online

 

ALPACA PATI

“Kyle’s endearing tale of reluctant alpaca Pati seamlessly fuses a language-immersion element with the time-old tale of a young person who conquers his or her fears after learning more about the situation at hand. The prose here is short and sweet, with ample amounts of rhyme that children will love to read and hear read to them aloud, but it nonetheless fully fleshes out Pati’s world, her family and cria friends, as well as the upcoming shearing session that she worries will cause her to lose her beloved fleece, along with her ability to make a personal and unique fashion statement with her many bows, bangles and accessories. Sanchez’s vivid and playful illustrations radiate on every page and complement the writing perfectly, with soft lines and a pastel palette that will speak to younger children and lighten the mood. The book includes a helpful bilingual glossary, and the plot, about sharing and helping others, as well as inner versus external beauty and kindness, will surely speak positively to parents and guardians who pick up this title ”- Booklist Online

 

PEPE AND THE  PARADE

“Mexican American Pepe is excited for the parade he and his family will be attending that day. They have a traditional Mexican breakfast, dress up in cultural attire, and join the other participants who hail from other Latin American countries. All races and geographical areas are represented, from North America to Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. The bright and vivid colors add a festive layer to the illustrations, and the rhyming text is peppered with Spanish words that are defined in a glossary the bright palette and uniqueness of subject warrants a space on picture book shelves ”- Bookist Online

 

“With so many cultures introduced in this pleasant picture book with lively comic-style illustrations, readers may be inspired to explore a particular culture in depth.”  -School Library Journal.

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