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Multicultural Children’s Book Day Review: Taj Cleans the Garage

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It’s almost time for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

As I mentioned in this previous post, MCCBD is a great opportunity for families and readers to celebrate diversity in children’s literature with this national event. Between now and January 27th, over 60 bloggers will be reviewing top multicultural children’s books in an effort to shine the spotlight on new titles and raise awareness.

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The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia here and Valarie here.

Our main sponsors for this event is Wisdom Tales Press, Lee & Low Books Chronicle Books, and Susan Daniel Fayad: Author of  My Grandfather’s Masbaha

I am one of those lucky 60+ bloggers 🙂

I was even luckier to be matched up with a wonderful author named Renee Prewitt. Renee is not only an excellent author, she is a huge advocate of children’s reading.


Quote from the author, Renee Prewitt:

“This is the first in a series of books I’m writing to help close the 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3,” Prewitt says. In addition, she also plans to talk to parent groups about the study and new findings in closing the achievement gap. “Reading to our children is so important,” she says, “but we should also engage them in conversation!” Prewitt hopes that Taj will also encourage more young boys to read.

Taj Cleans The Garage


Taj is a creative little boy who loves trains. One thing he loves more than trains is buying more trains! Taj’s favorite rail car is $4 and he only has $2. Using creative thinking, he brainstorms on ideas to earn more money for his beloved trains.


Lucky for him, his neighbor Mr. Ryan needs help cleaning his garage. Mr Ryan gives young Taj instructions to find his favorite flashlight in the many boxes that litter the garage.

Once Taj locates the flashlight, he is thrilled, but also realizes the flashlight is the key to a grand adventure complete with flying horses, talking elephants and a mysterious boy named Jackson. Taj soon is propelled into a magical land where he learns a very valuable lesson about putting the needs of other before his own desires, and treating people (and talking animals!) the same as he would like to be treated.

taj1Taj Cleans the Garage has breathtaking illustrations (both my kids commented on the vibrant images) thanks to the talents of illustrator Michaela Nienaber.

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Title: Taj Cleans the Garage Author:  Renee Prewitt | Illustrator: Michaela Nienaber | Publication Date:  August 2013  | Publisher: The Prewitt Group LLC | Pages: 28  | Recommended Ages: 3+ |

Be sure and visit PragmaticMom and JumpIntoABook on January 27th, 2014 for a HUGE Linky Party that will include all multicultural book review and more.

Pay these MCCBD Bloggers a visit to see what book they reviewed for this event.

2GirlsLostInaBook · 365 Days of Motherhood · A Bilingual Baby · A Simple Life, Really? · Africa to America · After School Smarty Pants · All Done Monkey · Andi’s Kids Books · Anita Brown Bag  · Austin Gilkeson · Barbara Ann Mojica ·  Books My Kids Read · Bottom Shelf Books · Cats Eat Dogs · Chasing The Donkey · Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac · Children’s Books Heal · Church o Books · CitizenBeta · Crafty Moms Share · Discovering The World Through My Son’s Eyes · Early Words · Flowering Minds · Franticmommy · Gathering Books · GEO Librarian · Gladys Barbieri · Going in Circles · Growing Book by Book · iGame Mom · I’m Not The Nanny · InCulture Parent · Itsy Bitsy Mom · Kid World Citizen · Kristi’s Book Nook · Mama Lady Books · Mama Smiles · Mission Read · Mother Daughter Book Reviews · Mrs AOk · MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter · Ms. Yingling Reads · Multicultural Kids Blog · One Sweet World · Open Wide The World · P is for Preschooler · Rapenzel Dreams · School4Boys · Sharon the Librarian · Spanish Playground · Sprout’s Bookshelf · Squishable Baby · Stanley and Katrina · Teach Mama · The Art of Home Education · The Brain Lair · The Educators’ Spin On It · The Family-Ship Experience · The Yellow Door Paperie · This Kid Reviews Books  · Trishap’s Books · Unconventional Librarian · Vicki Arnold · We3Three · World for Learning · Wrapped in Foil 

About Becky Flansburg

Becky Flansburg is freelance writer, blogger and virtual assistant living in Northern Minnesota. A dedicated mom to two beautiful kids, her veteran blog is filled with laughter and love about the joys parenthood. Becky is also committed to helping women realize their work-from-home dreams, enjoy life beyond the cubicle and find clarity in the work/life/family balance. Connect with Becky via her website, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest



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