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  • Writer's pictureShoumi Sen

Multicultural Children's Book Day (MCBD) 2020!

This year, like every other year, I am proud to be a part of this wonderful initiative! As a co-host and author sponsor, I help support this cause for Diverse Books. As a book reviewer, I receive copies of wonderfully diverse books that I review on my website. Today I am reviewing a book sent to me by Becky Flansburg, who also happens to play a major role in bringing MCBD to life, year after year.

Sissy Goes Tiny by Rebecca Flansburg and BA Norrgard

Sissy is a regular eight-year-old and her life is perfect. She loves her big house, her big bed and all the other things that eight-year-old girls love! But one fine day, her parents have a not so pleasant surprise for her. They are going to live Tiny. Sissy is confused and a little scared. What are her parents thinking? They want to sell their house and move into a tiny space? What do they mean by having more experiences while owning fewer things?

Sissy cannot imagine giving up her big bedroom, her big bed and the view from her bedroom window. As they set out to do a ‘possessions purge’, Sissy realizes her parents are serious. Meanwhile, a few friends who have already embraced the concept of living tiny, help her repurpose her favorite possessions so her new bedroom can truly feel like her own. As they slowly part with their belongings, they realize that living with less can be quite liberating.

Soon, their old home is ready for sale and their new home pulls up, on wheels! Wow! As Sissy peeks into her new home, she realizes that many of her favorite things will always be with her, in her new tiny room. They will have new places to see and new memories to make and the best part, less stuff to worry about. Maybe this isn’t going to be so bad, after all?

This book arrived right before Thanksgiving and by extension, the biggest shopping season in America, when all you could hear was ‘Flash Sale!!!’, ‘Buy Now!!’, ‘Black Friday deals’ and other such slogans, reminding you of all the ‘stuff’ that was within your reach, at the best possible prices, if only you act NOW. But wait, here is a family that is giving up what they have, so they can downsize and live better with less. What a novel concept!

Fact: Tiny Houses are an actual thing, and many have embraced this lifestyle of living with less. Authors Rebecca Flansburg and BA Norrgard have brought this to life in ‘Sissy Goes Tiny’ and while I don’t think I can ever embrace the concept all the way, this is a great reminder to us all that we don’t need “stuff” to make us happy. The authors have done a great job of explaining things from a child’s POV and the illustrations by Penny Weber are vivid and realistic. A great book to read to kids and have them understand the concept of being happy with less. After reading this book, we did a smaller version of a ‘possessions purge’ and donated a lot of clothes and things we didn’t really need.

Thank you, Becky Flansburg and Audrey Press Books, for my very own copy for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 (1/31/20) is in its 7th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators.

Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues.

MCBD 2020 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board

Super Platinum





Author Sponsor Link Cloud

Jerry Craft, A.R. Bey and Adventures in Boogieland, Eugina Chu & Brandon goes to Beijing, Kenneth Braswell & Fathers Incorporated, Maritza M. Mejia & Luz del mes_Mejia, Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry Blossom, SISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard, Josh Funk and HOW TO CODE A ROLLERCOASTER, Maya/Neel Adventures with Culture Groove, Lauren Ranalli, The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! By Dr. Sharon Chappell, Phe Lang and Me On The Page, Afsaneh Moradian and Jamie is Jamie, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, TUMBLE CREEK PRESS, Nancy Tupper Ling, Author Gwen Jackson, Angeliki Pedersen & The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 by Mia Wenjen, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher (Founders of Inner Flower Child Books), Ann Morris & Do It Again!/¡Otra Vez!, Janet Balletta and Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Ocean, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo & Bruna Bailando por el Mundo\ Dancing Around the World, Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler Diaries, Sarah Jamila Stevenson, Tonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book Series, Teresa Robeson & The Queen of Physics, Nadishka Aloysius and Roo The Little Red TukTuk, Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore & Stories by the Girlfriends Book Club, Finding My Way Books, Diana Huang & Intrepids, Five Enchanted Mermaids, Elizabeth Godley and Ribbon’s Traveling Castle, Anna Olswanger and Greenhorn, Danielle Wallace & My Big Brother Troy, Jocelyn Francisco and Little Yellow Jeepney, Mariana Llanos & Kutu, the Tiny Inca Princess/La Ñusta Diminuta, Sara Arnold & The Big Buna Bash, Roddie Simmons & Race 2 Rio, DuEwa Frazier & Alice’s Musical Debut, Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series Green Kids Club, Inc.

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 HERE.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

FREE RESOURCES from Multicultural Children’s Book Day

· Our New FREE Teacher Classroom Physical and Developmental Challenges Kit

· Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians, and Educators

TWITTER PARTY! Register here!

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