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FHC Final Girls 2My book offers parents and educators a practical way of introducing and reinforcing the value of the virtue of patience with school children ages 4-8. Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience stands out from the competition due to its focus on God as the benefactor of all virtue, along with the human need for the virtue of patience. The content of this book is backed by my Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Theology from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.

About the story

Meet Faith, age 8, Hope, age 5 and Charity age 3! Faith, an extremely shy girl, struggles with making new friends. Having just moved to a new town, at the beginning of a new school year, making new friends can’t happen fast enough for Faith! She wants to feel comfortable in her new surroundings, and that will happen only when she makes some new friends! Watch her progression towards obtaining patience as the story unfolds. Note how her sisters help her. And don’t be surprised that there is a surprise ending!


Booking an Author Visit

Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience is available for sale in paperback and on Kindle from Amazon!  Book your school visit now! To set a date, e-mail me at ginny@virginialieto.com. I will send you a flyer, order form, coloring sheet and maze game as the date of my visit nears; plus a free gift for each child! For long distance visits we can use Skype, and all materials can be mailed in advance.

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School Visit Appearances:

Top: Kindergarten Class; Lower left: Second Graders; Lower Right: First Graders

Asheville Catholic School – Top: Kindergarten Class; Lower left: Second Graders; Lower Right: First Graders


Asheville Catholic School

Thursday, October 1, 2015, reading of book for grades K-2

My thanks to Mike Miller, Principal, to the faculty and staff, and most importantly, to the children, who made my visit to Asheville Catholic School so joyful. The children asked many insightful questions. I’m just glad I had the answers!

Just look at all of these happy faces in these pictures! We had lots of fun together during my all too brief visit.



OLG Catholic School

Left Picture: Angie Messick, Media Specialist, Virginia Lieto and Amy Pagano, Principal (left to right); Top right: Signing books for some of the boys; bottom right: signing books for some of the girls

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School

Thursday, October 15, 2015, reading and book signing for grades K-2

My thanks to Amy Pagano, Principal of Our Lady of Grace Catholic School for allowing me to come visit with the students in kindergarten through second grade. A special thanks to Angie Messick, Media Specialist, for making sure everything ran so smoothly! And thanks to both ladies for the awesome goody bag!

The children were delightful and hilarious! The questions and comments were astute. I was amazed at the depth of understanding some of the students had. For example, one student commented that the names/personalities of the three girls in the story, coincided with the virtues they were named after! I was amazed at that catch. I said, “I have adults who read this book and that fact has gone right over their heads, yet you got it!” That just made my heart sing!

Parting words from Principal Pagano were, “Write more books so that we can have you back!” That was music to my ears!




Immaculata Catholic School Visit

Immaculata Catholic School – Top: Kindergarten Class, Lower Left: First Grade and Lower Right: Second Grade

Immaculata Catholic School

Monday October 19, 2015, reading to K-2

Oh what a wonderful day I had at Immaculata Catholic School, nestled in the NC mountains. Beautiful crisp fall morning, with the sun shining and leaves turning. I read Adventures of Faith, Hope, and Charity – Finding Patience to some lively students, full of energy and enthusiasm! We had a great time together.

My thanks to Meredith Canning, Principal, to all the teachers and staff, and especially to the children, for a warm welcome and wonderful time. Father Martin, my long time friend, even stopped in for a visit! It was great to see him once again.

Look at all of these happy faces! The Kindergarteners liked the bookmarks I gave them. They are showing them off in the photo on the top right of this photo collage.



Sacred Heart Catholic School 1

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Salisbury, NC, Friday October 23, 2015, reading to K-2

What a wonderful time I had visiting Kindergarten through Second Grade, reading Adventures of Faith, Hope, and Charity – Finding Patience! At each visit I handed out postcard bookmarks to each child. As you can see from these photos of the Kindergarten and First Grade students, they really like the bookmarks. Every time I visit a school, after handing out the bookmarks, when it is time for taking the picture, I hear a suggestion from a child, “Let’s show off our bookmarks!” All hands go up.

So sorry there was not enough time to get a photo with the Second Grade class, as the 3 p.m. dismissal rang, on a Friday afternoon, and we all know what that means – It’s time for the weekend!

My thanks to Principal Frank Cardelle, for allowing me to come and visit with the children. A huge thanks to secretary, Louise Pring, who made sure I had everything I needed!


Upper Left - Second Grade; Upper Right - Kindergarten; Lower - First Grade (with Principal Greg Roberts)

Upper Left – Second Grade; Upper Right – Kindergarten; Lower – First Grade (with Principal Greg Roberts)


Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School

High Point, NC, Monday October 26, 2015 reading to K – 2 classes

I had a blast visiting with the children at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, Kindergarten through Second Grade. We even got the Principal, Greg Roberts, to have his picture taken with the first grade class and me! How cool is that?!!! He is absolutely great with the children. It is quite apparent that they think the world of him.

The children really liked the concept of a turtle being associated with patience. They loved that the girls get a new puppy, and the ending was a true surprise! I wish you could have seen the faces I saw when I read the last page of the story! Priceless! I love my job!

The children asked some great questions and had precious comments. My thanks to Greg Roberts, his teaching staff and most importantly, the children for making my visit to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School so enjoyable.

OLA school visit

Upper Left: Second Grade, Upper Right: First Grade, Bottom: Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten


Our Lady of Assumption Catholic School

Charlotte, NC, Friday October 30, 2015, reading to Pre-Kindergarten through to Second Grade

What a day I had, visiting with so many children on the day before Halloween! Friday was their fall festival day, with a full fledged party set for the afternoon. I got to warm up the festivities with the reading of Adventures of Faith, Hope, and Charity – Finding Patience to some very happy children, as you can see by their smiling faces in the attached collage!

I also had the honor of being accompanied on this visit by Dina Wilson, a journalist for the Catholic News and Herald, who is preparing an article on me for the Diocesan newspaper. It was a busy morning!

A huge thanks to Mrs. Ramkissoon, Principal, and Mrs. McMullins, the Librarian, for making my visit so memorable and special. And thanks to the children for their enthusiasm, great questions, and outpouring of love. These children really know how to melt an author’s heart!


Top Left: Kindergarten, Top Right: Second Grade, Bottom: First Grade


Saint Michael Catholic School

Gastonia, NC, Tuesday, November 3, 2015, reading and book signing for K-2 Classes

Had another great day reading to the Kindergarten through Second Grade classes. My thanks to Principal, Sheila Levesque for allowing me to come and meet with the children. A very special thanks to Librarian, Tammy Eason for keeping things organized and on time.

These children were great; very inquisitive! They wanted to know the ins and outs of what it takes to write and publish a book. They all loved the free gifts that I give out to all classes at all schools. They thought the maze game was really cool! Once again, by looking at the pictures, you can see that they really love the bookmarks! And lastly, the coloring page of the front cover of the book went over nicely too!

SPX Students

Saint Pius X Catholic School

Greensboro, NC, Tuesday, February 2, 2016, reading to grades K-2

What a treat! I got to spend most of the day with the K-2 students during Catholic Schools Week! My thanks to Principal, Anne Knape, and Librarian, Christina Foley for their wonderful hospitality! Look at how well behaved these children were listening to me teach about the virtue of patience. This was the (combined) Second Grade classes. They left quite an impression on me – very astute children! I had quite a day reading to 120 children in all – total joy!

St Gabe CollageSaint Gabriel Catholic School

Charlotte, NC, Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – Family Fun Night!

Oh what a night! I had a blast visiting with parents and children at St. Gabriel Catholic School’s Family Fun Night. They invited me to be their guest author for their book fair. I read Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity: Finding Patience and then conducted a Q&A session. Everyone asked great questions. After that, I signed some books. The parents, who got to hear the story, were eager to bring home copies of the book to their families. My thanks to Ellen Chase, Librarian for Saint Gabriel Catholic School, for her outstanding organizational and marketing skills to host this event. She was the “hostess with the mostest!” I was also quite impressed with the welcome banner that hung in the entrance to the school. I hear that the Art Teacher created that for me! Thank you!

I have to say, though, it is the smiles on the children’s faces that make what I do so very special. Look at that center bottom picture of Isabel and Sofia! Those smiles would melt anyone’s heart, but most especially mine!