B is for Breathe – A Multicultural ABC of Coping Skills

I can’t believe that Multicultural Children’s Book Day is just around the corner! Man has the last year flown by. MCBD is one of my favorite blogging days because so many amazing people come together to support the writers who are producing books for a multicultural society. Books that feature a diverse cast of characters so we can all get a glimpse outside of our own little bubbles. This year, I was thrilled to get a copy of B is for Breathe: The ABCs of Coping with Fussy and Frustrated Feelings by Dr. Melissa Munro Boyd as a free book to review.

B is for Breathe is a wonderful addition to the many ABC books that have been published in recent years. But it is so much more than that, it is a book to put some important ideas into kids heads about what they can do when they get frustrated with the world. It can give adults some pretty good ideas as well! Many might miss Dr. Boyd’s important poem on the list of letters, but I’m going to highlight it here:

When you are feeling Fussy or Frustrated
And want something to do
Try a new coping skill
One of these will surely help you

I thought this book was outstanding! We all struggle from time to time and finding something to get us through it can be challenging. What can be hard for kids to understand is that everyone uses different coping mechanisms. This book does a great job to show a wide variety of ways to cope. My 9 year old immediately latched on to D is for Dance, as that is the way she copes, whereas my 12 year old uses R is for Read (specifically Harry Potter over and over).

The other beautiful thing about this book that is worth mentioning during MCBD is that it is multicultural just because it is. Rather than have animals going through the alphabet, or one child, there are 6 or 7 different kids showing a wealth of skin tones. I must admit, I also adore the cover. It just works so perfectly and already makes me calmer.

Thank you so much to the Multicultural Children’s Book Day crew and Dr. Melissa Munro Boyd for getting me hooked up with this book. I am also a co-host to this awesome event, so make sure to come back here on January 31st and the few days after to see the amazing link-up that gets put together. There are hundreds of books being represented from baby through YA.

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

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  1. I love that there are more and more picture books about yoga and meditation. They really help kids with stress! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review and for your support of Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

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