Leaning into bookshelves July 30, 2024



“Children will love this story and its deeper message, and along the way will learn about a wonderful place in Italy through its catchy rhymes. This book is a winner!” 

-Corinna Cooke, best-selling author of the Glam Italia! series




Welcome to Pisa

I’m thrilled you stopped by.

I’m Bella the Bell Tower

Eight stories high.


And so begins the uplifting rhyming tale told by Bella, Italy’s famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. For hundreds of years, Bella has been proud of her gravity-defying tilt. But her confidence cracks one day when she overhears mean words on the piazza. Bella responds by changing in a way that leaves residents of Pisa and visitors from around the world worried that the treasured landmark will never be the same again!

Told in fun-to-read rhyme and splashed with vibrant illustrations and Italian words and expressions, Pisa Loves Bella is a heartfelt story that celebrates travel as well as the importance of being kind to others and yourself.


LCCN: 2023944752

ISBNs: Hardcover: 979-8-9871401-6-1

Paperback: 979-8-9871401-8-5

Pages: 42

Trim size: 8×10 inches

Reading age: 4-8

Publication date: July 30, 2024

Publisher: MB Publishing

Publisher contact:

(301) 530-4732

Author contact:

(415) 990-8694


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A wonderfully uplifting read that rolls off the tongue and wraps you up in one big hug!”

-Joe McGee, author of the Junior Monster Scouts series, Night Frights series, and Creature Campers series


“…a feast for the eye, a thrill for the ear, a joy for the soul. The vibrant and enchanting illustrations capture the charms of Italy and the big-hearted, life-affirming spirit of Italians. Readers of all ages will savor its sweetness. Brava!” 


-Dianne Hales, best-selling author of La Bella Lingua, La Passione and Mona Lisa

“The bouncy rhymes and sly touches of humor cleverly convey an important message for young children of kindness and self-acceptance that is enhanced by lively illustrations. This is a sweet story with lots of heart.”


-Maxine Rose Schur, award-winning author of books for children and adults


“Kimberly Lovato masterfully combines an Italian icon and a message of kindness in this upbeat tale of the Tower of Pisa’s acceptance of her unconventional lean. Kids and adults alike will be delighted by the playful rhymes and tongue-twirly Italian words, and cheer as the town comes together to support its lovable landmark. Perfecto!” 


Elisa Parhad, mom and author of New York Is… and Pool Party


“Adorable illustrations and catchy rhymes bring to life important themes of kindness and how our differences make us unique. And it certainly makes me want to book a trip to Pisa with my son to see Bella in real life. Brava!”

-Blane Bachelor, travel journalist and mom