#ReadYourWorld Sissy Goes Tiny Rises Above

Time for Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

From the beginning, Becky Flansburg has been an energetic and enthusiastic project manager for the Multicultural Children’s Book Day event. Now she has her own multicultural book,  Sissy Goes Tiny written with B.A. Norrgard and illustrated by Penny Weber.

The first thing that catches your eye when you pick up this somewhat tiny book (just over 8 inches by 8 inches), is the illustration of the house in the upper left corner.  A house on wheels with a porch and front step? It makes you wonder. You will also notice the gorgeous illustration of Sissy, who looks a bit worried. Why? It is time to open the book and find out.

What the book is about:

Sissy had a reason to look worried. Her parents wanted to sell their regular-sized house and move into a tiny house on wheels. But Sissy…

…loved her Big house that was surrounded by Big oaks and Small chirping birds.”

Mommy and Daddy tried to reassure Sissy.

Our new Tiny House will be on wheels, so we can travel and live wherever we want! Everywhere we go, we will always have our home with us. Living Tiny means we can own Fewer things and have More experiences.

Sissy, however, still had many questions. Then she began to think of some of the benefits. Will everything be okay after all?

Review notes:

Besides the central story of dealing with change, the authors have added educational aspects  that will encourage children to learn. For example, as shown in the quotes above, the authors give extra emphasis to adjectives that have to do with size by capitalizing them.

Also, the “History of Sissy and Fun Tiny House Facts” in the back matter explain what tiny houses are and how the name Sissy came about.

As for the art, Penny Weber’s illustrations positively glow. Her ability to capture Sissy’s emotions via her expressions is brilliant.

Sissy Goes Tiny is not only an introduction to a new lifestyle — the tiny house community — but also beneficial for any young reader facing a change that leads to fear of the unknown. Learn more about it today!

Publisher: AUDREY PRESS (2019)
ISBN-10: 1936426226
ISBN-13: 978-1936426225

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


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Make A Way Media/ Deirdre “DeeDee” Cummings,


Language Lizard, Pack-N-Go Girls,


Audrey Press, Lerner Publishing Group, KidLit TV, ABDO BOOKS : A Family of Educational Publishers, PragmaticMom & Sumo Jo, Candlewick Press,


Author Charlotte Riggle, Capstone Publishing, Guba Publishing, Melissa Munro Boyd & B is for Breathe,


Author Carole P. Roman, Snowflake Stories/Jill Barletti, Vivian Kirkfield & Making Their Voices Heard. Barnes Brothers Books, TimTimTom, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee & Low Books,  Charlesbridge Publishing, Barefoot Books Talegari Tales


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

A Crafty Arab, Afsaneh Moradian, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Bethany Edward & Biracial Bookworms, Michelle Goetzl & Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Educators Spin on it, Shauna Hibbitts-creator of eNannylink, Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joel Leonidas & Descendant of Poseidon Reads {Philippines}, Imagination Soup, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Serge Smagarinsky {Australia}, Shoumi Sen, Jennifer Brunk & Spanish Playground, Katie Meadows and Youth Lit Reviews

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Disclosure: This book was gifted the book to me to review for this event. Also, I am an affiliate with Amazon so I can provide you with cover images and links to more information about books and products. As you probably are aware, if you click through the highlighted title link and purchase a product, I will receive a very small commission, at no extra cost to you. Any proceeds help defray the costs of hosting and maintaining this website.

#ReadYourWorld Dream Big, Little Scientists by Michelle Schaub

Friday January 31, 2020 is Multicultural Children’s Book Day, but we can’t contain our excitement to just one day. That’s why we are highlighting a brand new picture book:   Dream Big, Little Scientists: A Bedtime Book by Michelle Schaub and illustrated by Alice Potter. It features not only diverse scientists and the sciences they represent, but also 12 culturally diverse children who are passionate about them. (Book is available February 18, 2020).

How does does a STEM bedtime book work? It’s easy. Combine the gentle, lyrical rhythm of a bedtime book with the vocabulary from 11 branches of science. Then sprinkle in some fun-to-explore illustrations of bedrooms filled with posters of rock star scientists, and you have a delight.

The best part is that the author and illustrator have been subtle with their message. Young readers will have to discover much of it on their own.  For example, check out how the designs on the children’s pajamas match their passions:

The back matter lists 11 branches of science (astronomy, geology, meteorology, physiology, etc.) with questions to explore and activity suggestions for each. It is compact, but filled with a lot of great information.

Dream Big, Little Scientists is a lovely book that will give budding scientists plenty to dream about. Curl up with a copy today!


1. Visit Michelle Schaub’s website for several paragraphs of information about each of the scientists featured in the posters (any one of which would make an awesome picture book biography).

2. To do some botany activities, try Exploring botany in the winter or any of the STEM activities in the plant science category at Growing with Science blog.


Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Publisher: Charlesbridge (February 18, 2020)
ISBN-10: 158089934X
ISBN-13: 978-1580899345

Disclosure: This book was provided for review purposes. Also, I am an affiliate with Amazon so I can provide you with cover images and links to more information about books and products. As you probably are aware, if you click through the highlighted title link and purchase a product, I will receive a very small commission, at no extra cost to you. Any proceeds help defray the costs of hosting and maintaining this website.

STEM Friday #Kidlit The Great Shark Rescue by Sandra Markle

For STEM Friday this week, we have a middle grade book,  The Great Shark Rescue: Saving the Whale Sharks by one of our favorite authors, Sandra Markle.

Whale sharks are not only the biggest fish in the world, but also the coolest sharks because they feed by vacuuming up tons of the smallest creatures in the water (see pages 18-19).  Unfortunately, along with many other fascinating creatures, their numbers are plummeting and they have recently become endangered.

Markle gives numbers and explicit reasons why the populations are in decline. Sometimes the sharks are caught is nets during legal fishing while at other times they are killed by people who fish for sharks illegally.  Climate change is also a factor.  Scientists want to try to help the sharks, but they know little about them. It is a race to learn about whale sharks before they disappear.

In the back matter we learn that wrote the book based on interviews with experts (see “Source Notes.”)  Sandra Markle makes a point of using only primary sources, if she can (see post about meeting her at the Tucson Book Festival.)

The Great Shark Rescue will thrill budding marine biologists as well as those interested in conserving endangered species.  Realistically, this title could work with upper elementary readers as well as middle grade. It could be a great addition to your shelf.



Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Series: Sandra Markle’s Science Discoveries
Publisher: Millbrook Press TM (October 1, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1541510410
ISBN-13: 978-1541510418

Disclosure: This book was provided by our local library. Also, I am an affiliate with Amazon so I can provide you with cover images and links to more information about books and products. As you probably are aware, if you click through the highlighted title link and purchase a product, I will receive a very small commission, at no extra cost to you. Any proceeds help defray the costs of hosting and maintaining this website.

Come visit the STEM Friday blog each week to find more great Science, Technology, Engineering and Math books.Opens in a new window Note: this is a new link as of 1/2019.

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge 2020 #nfpb2020

Did you know that Jeopardy winner James Holzhauer credits his success to reading children’s books, particularly nonfiction? Do you want to read more nonfiction picture books this year? Join us for the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge 2020 hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy.


How to participate:

  1. Set a goal as to how many nonfiction picture books you want to read.

For example, I would like to read at least one new (from 2019 or 2020) nonfiction picture book per week.

You don’t have to chose new books. For example, you might want to read a series of books on a given topic you are researching, regardless of when they were published. I chose new books because as a writer I like to keep up with current trends. Reading new nonfiction picture books on a number of different topics helps.

2. Write about the book you read in a blog post or review it on GoodReads, which are both great ways to keep records of your progress.

3. Add your link to Wednesday posts at Kid Lit Frenzy, where you will likely find even more great nonfiction you will want to add to your TBR list.

See the sign up page for more details.

Let the reading begin!

Let us know if you are considering joining us.