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Multicultural Children’s Book Day Review 2023: Leaves to My Knees

Spotlight Review


I’m happy to once again be a book reviewer on Multicultural Children’s Book Day! As part of this annual event, I was gifted a book to review, in order to provide my honest opinion. Read on to discover more. #ReadYourWorld

Leaves to My Knees

by Ellen Mayer

Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

Published by Star Bright Books

It’s a gorgeous fall day and Camille is ready to help her father rake leaves in the backyard, along with her little brother Jayden. Each of them has their own rake, sized just right, and Camille is determined to rake a pile of leaves as high as her knees. When setbacks occur—a slow start with leaves only reaching her ankles, twigs snarling her rake, a big gust of wind that forces a restart, and other frustrations—Camille redoubles her efforts with great results. In the end, readers learn why she wanted a pile of “leaves to my knees”!

Ellen Mayer’s Leaves to My Knees from Star Bright Books is a sweet story about a common event—raking leaves—but is really about much more. It’s a story about family. It’s a story about setting goals, perseverance, and enjoying the rewards of reaching those goals. It’s a story that offers a look at how math is part of everyday life by introducing early math concepts such as size comparison and measurement. Featuring gentle watercolor illustrations by award-winning artist Nicole Tadgell depicting a loving family of color, a beautiful autumn day, and facial expressions showing a range of emotions, young readers ages 3-6 will connect with the story and with Camille as she tries to reach her goal. Back matter also provides a special note to parents and caregivers from a senior scientist and mathematics learning expert which explains how to use the book to teach math concepts with children, and how to explore size and measurement in a child’s everyday environment as well.

Find out more at: ellenmayerbooks.com; nicoletadgell.art; www.starbrightbooks.com

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023 (1/26/22) is in its 10th 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 books into the hands of young readers and educators.

Ten 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. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

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Join us on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 9 pm EST for the 10th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Read Your World Virtual Party!

This epically fun and fast-paced hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas.

We will be giving away a 10-Book Bundle during the virtual party plus Bonus Prizes as well! *** US and Global participants welcome. **

Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, and connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians. We look forward to seeing you all on January 26, 2023, at our virtual party!