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2020 Multicultural Book Review: Beast Rider

2020 Multicultural Book Review: Beast Rider Posted on January 31, 2020

Good Morning book lovers! I was recently gifted a copy of the Beast Rider by Abrams Books in support of Multicultural Children’s Book Day (1/31/20) which I am happy to say is going strong in its 7th year! 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. 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.

Over the last couple of years I have enjoyed participating and supporting the Multicultural Children’s Book Day movement because their suggested book selections go beyond providing representation. They offer an opportunity to see the struggles and concerns of those who are overlooked or feared in our communities. The Beast Rider in that regard is no different. Written by Tony Johnston, an award winning author of more than 100 books, and Maria Elena Fontanot De Rhoads, a psychotherapist specializing in childhood trauma, this book is a perfect place to start a conversation about the problems along the border and the people who cross it. As a young adult read, this is a mature topic that was handled delicately in that it primarily focused on humanizing immigrant children. I would highly recommend the Author’s Note first, as a way of introduction. Then segway back to the dedication page;

For all Beast Riders and their broken families


For Taketora “James” Tanaka, of the U.S. 442nd Infantry, the Purple Heart Battalion -TJ

For our brave and loving countrymen and women who smile at life in good and bad times -MER

I have to admit I had trouble at first with the broken English format of the storytelling. To make the most of the book be prepared to go slowly and bookmark the list of translations provided in the back. It is definitely worth the effort. The dangers presented in the book are not exaggerations but paint a fair insight into the obstacles immigrants face. I feel this could be a shocking subject for sensitive children and it should be reserved for those ready to have a mature discussion. I am sharing this book with my kids this week and can’t wait to hear their thoughts. I encourage you to do the same.

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