Saturday, January 27, 2018

A Morning with Grandpa #MCBD2018 #ReadYourWorld

A Morning with Grandpa by Sylvia Liu and illustrated by Christina Forshay is a beautiful homage to the loving bond between grandparent and grandchild. Liu’s descriptive and humorously playful text was complimented by the comforting tones and shapes of Forshay’s art work. Personally, I was most touched by the sincere care the granddaughter expressed towards her grandfather as she encourages him to try out the yoga poses despite his creaky bones. Touching interactions such as this are not only thoughtful of the author but also portrays relatable characters for readers to connect with. I was also impressed to see Liu included information on tai chi and yoga, as well as other sources at the end of the book—these are features that are typically limited to non-fiction books, so it was a happy surprise! It is not a surprise to me that A Morning with Grandpa won the “New Voices Award” from Lee & Low Books as Liu eloquently presents a culturally diverse perspective by creating real characters sharing an intergenerational bond. This picture book is sure to be loved by readers of all ages but I especially recommend it for grandparents and grandchildren to read together!

*I received this book for review from Sylvia Liu and publisher, Lee & Low Books as part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Thank you!

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More information about Multicultural Children’s Book Day:
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 

MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. View our 2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors here:

View our 2018 MCBD Author Sponsors here:

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:
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.
Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers:
Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators:
Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.


  1. It is such a sweet book! I'm glad you liked it too! Thanks so much for your support of Multicultural Children's Book Day!

  2. It is a very touching story! Of course! I'm happy to see you support greater diversity in children's literature as well :)

  3. Nice review! Thanks for sharing this book. I have wanted to read this for a long time. My library still doesn't have a copy :(

    1. Oh no! Our local library has an online request system for patrons to request books. You may want to look into that or utilizing Interlibrary Loans is another great option.

      I hope you are able to access this great book!


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