Perfect Picture Book Friday: MY FOOTPRINTS

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! I’m coming to you today to share a very special picture book that is part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day which is celebrated this year on January 31st.

The founders of MCBD, authors Mia Wenjen and Valarie Budayr, are all about diversity, and inclusion and making sure that all kids have books they can relate to, books they can see themselves in. I’ve been a proud sponsor of MCBD for several years and I love the books that they feature.


Written by Bao Phi

Illustrated by Basia Tran

Published by Capstone Press (September 2019)

Grades K-4

Themes: family, bullying, diversity

Synopsis: From Amazon:

Every child feels different in some way, but Thuy feels “double different.” She is Vietnamese American and she has two moms. Thuy walks home one winter afternoon, angry and lonely after a bully’s taunts. Then a bird catches her attention and sets Thuy on an imaginary exploration. What if she could fly away like a bird? What if she could sprint like a deer, or roar like a bear? Mimicking the footprints of each creature in the snow, she makes her way home to the arms of her moms. Together, the three of them imagine beautiful and powerful creatures who always have courage – just like Thuy.

Why I love this book:

  • I love stories that help the child reader find new ways to deal with bullying
  • I love when diversity is a thread that is woven skillfully into the story
  • The illustrations and color palette are wonderful


Photo courtesy:

There are so many footprint crafts…for detailed instructions on these

Take a walk in the woods, park, or even around the neighborhood with your kids – what signs can you find that animals have been around? Footprints, poop, dropped feathers, etc.

MY FOOTPRINTS is only one of the many wonderful diverse books that will be featured for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. I was gifted this book to review it for the event – how lucky is that!

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

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 GrooveLauren 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

FREE RESOURCES from Multicultural Children’s Book Day

TWITTER PARTY! Register here!

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

I’m also a Bronze Sponsor of the event.

I hope you’ll check out Multicultural Children’s Book Day…and take advantage of the wonderful FREE teacher materials they provide on their website…you’ll find some of the links above.

Also, the NF Fest Registration is open…please don’t miss this opportunity to receive a link to an informative blog post every day via email for the whole month of February…great topics for anyone writing or thinking about writing nonfiction for kids. My post comes up on February 17: Crafting a True Story When Information is Scarce. Andt the other posts are fabulous:

Plus, for more wonderful picture book reviews, please hop over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday post.

And just in case any of you are in the Nashua, New Hampshire area tomorrow, Saturday, January 18 at 11am…I hope you’ll hop over to the Barnes and Noble for the launch of MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, illustrated by Alleanna Harris). I’ll be reading the story and signing books! Woo-hoo! And then I leave for a month in Chicago…and more bookstore and school activities…I’m hoping to connect with some of you in the Chicagoland area.

Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe and stay warm, my friends.


12 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: MY FOOTPRINTS

  1. I love the cover of this book. It is soft and beautiful and sweet. How to deal with bullying is extremely important for young children, and what a wonderful way to do so through the child’s imagination! I love the way this has a connection with nature. Lovely! Thank you for introducing readers to this picture book, Vivian.


  2. This book sounds amazing. The cover art is so inviting, I can’t wait to read it. Wish I could be in Nashua tomorrow, Vivian! I know you’ll have a blast.


  3. Thanks for this rec, Vivian. The book sounds wonderful! And I think the phrase “double different” is so apropos. I just put it on hold at the SF Public Library. Yay! And those footprint crafts made me smile. So tempting to try just for myself. Am I a kid, or what?


  4. A great reminder to search out this book. I love his first picture book–the award winning “A Different Pond!” Bao is a local Minnesota author and an amazing person.


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