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2022 Multicultural Children’s Book Day Review

January 28, 2022

My Sister, Daisy is written by Adria Karlsson and illustrated by Linus Curci, Capstone Editions, 2021.

This is a heartfelt book about gender identity. From the time his younger brother is born, the two boys are friends. They immediately bond. They play together, laugh together, and share activities. The summer after the younger brother finishes kindergarten, there is an unexpected change. The younger brother declares he is a girl. The older brother knows his brother likes to wear dresses, play with girls, and have long hair, but that doesn’t make him a girl. The older brother asks his brother again. “Are you sure you’re a girl?” The younger brother answers, “I know who I am, and I know I’m a girl.” Mom and Dad agree they may have been wrong about the younger sibling being a boy. They begin calling her Daisy, the name she prefers and using the pronouns she and her. The older brother is confused and scared the close friendship the two had will be lost. He talks to his Dad who reassures him everything will be okay. The family has open discussions that offer support for one another. They meet other families who have two moms or two dads and families that have a transgender child. The older brother has days when he is angry and frustrated with the way things are, but with the help of his parents, he gradually learns to accept Daisy, not as his brother, but as his sister. She’s someone he loves. Someone to play with, laugh with, and share activities. Daisy is someone who will always be his best friend.

Why I like this book:

Based on a true story, this book is an honest look at a young child who believes inside his boy body he is a girl. The text is written with a clarity that is easily understood. Along with the text, the bright and colorful illustrations display the special bond between the two siblings in a loving family atmosphere. Readers see how the family interacts with one another to support and create a close family unit as they work together to adjust to the change. The author’s note is written with tenderness and compassion from someone who has lived the experience. This book is a valuable resource to have available.

My Sister, Daisy was generously gifted to me to review for the Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 event. Review and opinions are my own.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 (1/28/22) is in its 9th 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.

MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

MCBD 2022 is honored to be Supported by these Medallion Sponsors!


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MCBD 2022 is honored to be Supported by these Author Sponsors!

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Alva Sachs, Brianna Carter, Ebony Zay Zay, Rita Bhandari, Gwen Jackson, Lois Petren/The 5 Enchanted Mermaids, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Josh Funk, Afsaneh Moradian, Eugenia Chu, Maritza Martínez Mejía, Diana Huang, Kathleen Burkinshaw, CultureGroove, Sandra Elaine Scott, Dorena Williamson, Veronica Appleton, Alejandra Domenzain, Lauren Muskovitz and Sandfish Publishing, Tonya Duncan Ellis, Kimberly Lee, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher, Nancy Tupper Ling, Winsome Hudson-Bingham, Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett, Sivan Hong, Michael Genhart, Debbie Dadey, Elizabeth Cureton, Stephanie Wildman, Maryann Jacob, Sherri Maret, Rochelle Melander, Dia Mixon, Kiyanda and Benjamin Young, Shereen Rahming, Linda Thornburg and Katherine Archer,  Rebecca Flansburg and BA Norrgard , Maxine Schur  Natalie McDonald-Perkins

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FREE RESOURCES from Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Diversity Book Lists & Activities for Teachers and Parents

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FREE Teacher Classroom Activism and Activists Kit

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FREE Teacher Classroom Kindness Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Physical and Developmental Challenges Kit

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FREE Diversity Book for Classrooms Program

Join us on Friday, January 28, 2022, at 9 pm EST for the 9th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party! Be sure and follow MCBD and Make A Way Media on Twitter!

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

We will be giving away an 8-Book Bundle every 5 minutes plus Bonus Prizes as well! *** US and Global participants welcome. **

Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians. See you all very soon on Twitter! Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

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