For Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018, Michael, age 9, received “Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters” from Capstone Publishing. He immediately ripped open the box, read Squishy Taylor, and declared he wanted to go to the bookstore to get the rest in the series.
In Squishy Taylor, the main character, Squishy, who has dark skin, has just begun living with her two lighter-skinned stepsisters (aka bonus sisters). The kids, like many in stepfamilies, aren’t happy with the living situation at first. However, soon enough they begin working together to solve a mystery, and suddenly they’re getting along.
For us, this first Squishy Taylor book was a metaphor for learning to get over differences by engaging in activities together. It was about learning to get along. We loved the cover art and the writing; we found the book to be very engaging. The stepfamily issues ring true and we like the term “bonus” sisters. Indeed, Squishy discovers that her stepsisters are a bonus in her life.
Certain characters and events stood out to Michael, and he tells you about them in this video. He provide some details of his own to flesh out the character of the dog:
After completing the first book, Michael soon got his hands on a few more, at which point he gave the series a 100-million-star rating. Learn more about why here:
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. View our 2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/2106-sponsors/mcbd2018-medallion-level-sponsors/
View our 2018 MCBD Author Sponsors here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/2106-sponsors/2018-author-sponsors/
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/about/co-hosts/
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.
Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta
Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/
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