Pat Hosley Kibbe lives life to the fullest. And it seems her children have done the same. Their escapades provided the inspiration for Pat's children's books starting with The Hocus-Pocus Dilemma, published in 1979. My Mother the Mayor, Maybe followed 2 years later - with Pat's husband providing the basis for the story, when he ran for mayor. And, in 1983, Pat delighted her many fans with Mrs. Kiddy and the Moonbooms. All Pat's books may still be purchased in reprint paperback editions. Click on the book titles to the left for links.
What's Pat Doing Now?
Now that KTKI has taken on a life of its own and freed up some time for Pat, she has gone back to writing and acting, activities she loves. She is working on a book recalling her experiences as a student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and her years acting on radio, Broadway and television. She also has two more books in mind for the Pinkerton children.
In 2002, Pat participated in the annual Old Time Radio Conference - as she has for many years.
Pat grew up in Massachusetts. She first came to New York as a student to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After graduation, Pat landed roles on Broadway and in radio. She had the long-running role of "Gladys" in the famous Henry Aldrich Family radio program and was a regular on The Honeymooners television show, playing Agnes, Alice Cramden's sister.
Once Pat married and moved to the New York suburbs, her energies focused on raising three sons and two daughters and doing the occasional television commercial. When her children grew up and left home, Pat became interested in the less fortunate children of the world.
A newspaper article and photograph of a young Cambodian refugee spurred her to action. In the photograph, the little boy held up his only possession - a postcard of New York City. It seemed to represent his hopes. In 1986, Pat set out for Cambodia to find that boy.
Seeing the bleak conditions in which the Cambodian refugee children lived, Pat felt a need to do something. Drawing on her experience with books, she started a program, to establish communication and understanding among the world’s children. KTKI sends American student-created picture books and art supplies to children all around the world. The recipients make books describing their lives and cultures and send them back to American schools. It is a program expressing friendship and love among children. Kids to Kids International became a non-profit organization in 1991 and has been working with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees since that time. Recently a board of directors has taken on the day-to-day operations of Kids to Kids International.
Pat's love of children and books came together in 1986. Refugees International sent Pat to Cambodia to deliver books made by a group of American elementary school students. Seeing how much the books meant to the young refugees, Pat was moved to do more. She wanted to establish a means to share friendship and hope among children the world over. Pat founded Kids to Kids International. Under this program, student-created picture books and educational supplies are exchanged among kids around the world.