Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 Book Review: Mystery of the Troubled Toucan

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is the successful annual celebration of multicultural children’s books. This year the party takes place online and offline on January 28, 2022.

Book cover Mystery of the Troubled Toucan

Mia Wenjen of Pragmatic Mom and Valerie Budayr of Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press founded this fantastic event to highlight books portraying underrepresented characters and communities.

This year Pack-n-Go Girls sent me Mystery of the Troubled Toucan to review. Lisa Travis wrote it, and Adam Turner illustrated it.

Cover of Mystery of the Troubled Toucan

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022: Book Review

Sofia Diaz, a girl from Miami, travels to Brazil with her dad, Mr. Diaz, after learning her parents are separating.

In Manaus, she meets Júlia, the daughter of Senhor Santos, a co-worker who takes them on a trip into the Amazon rainforest. A crazy toucan follows Sofia and Júlia and leads them into an endangered species mystery. Will the new friends solve it?

Mystery of the Troubled Toucan is a great story for middle-grade children to learn about the Amazon rainforest, the diverse wildlife that inhabits it, its climate, and some of its challenges.

Did you know that the Anavilhanas Archipelago is the world’s largest freshwater archipelago during the dry season?

The back matter of this book includes previews of other Pack-n-Go Girls books, facts about Brazil, and a glossary of English words translated to Portuguese and their pronunciation.

In addition to fun facts about the Amazon rainforest, readers can help solve the mystery along with Sofia and Júlia as they find clues and develop a strong friendship.

Travis’ writing is straightforward and includes phrases in Portuguese and Spanish, making the read even more enjoyable.

Adam Turner’s black and white illustrations bring to life the action in the story.


I highly recommend Mystery of the Troubled Toucan for children in middle grade who enjoy stories with mystery, friendship, multilingual characters, adventure, and set in fascinating places in the world. It is also an excellent resource for educators, parents, and librarians to facilitate learning while having fun.

More Pack-n-Go Girl Books

Other exciting titles in the Pack-n-Go Girls collection include Mystery of the Ballerina Ghost, Mystery of the Thief in the Night, Mystery of the Golden Temple, and Mystery of the Min Min Lights.


Information About Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 (1/28/22) is in its 9th year 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. Their non-profit initiative’s mission is to get diverse books into the hands of young readers and educators.

MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

MCBD 2022 is honored to be Supported by these Medallion Sponsors!


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GOLDBarefoot BooksKidLitTV, Candlewick, CapstoneAbrams Books

SILVER: Pack-n-Go Girls, Charlotte Riggle, Kimberly Gordon Biddle

BRONZE: Carole P. Roman, Patrice McLaurin, Dyesha and Triesha McCants/McCants Squared,, Redfin Canada, Redfin Mortgage, Redfin/Title Forward, Create & Educate, Star Bright Books, Vivian KirkfieldDr. Eleanor Wint, Kind World Publishing, Snowflake Stories, Lisa WeeSONGJU MAMelissa StollerJ.C. Kato and J.C.²Crystel Patterson, Audrey PressPragmaticmomTimTimTomWisdom Tales

MCBD 2022 is honored to be Supported by these Author Sponsors!

Charlene Mosley (official MCBD2022 Poster Creator)
Illustrator Isabelle Roxas (Class Kit Poster Creator)

Alva SachsBrianna CarterEbony Zay ZayRita BhandariGwen JacksonLois Petren/The 5 Enchanted MermaidsValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena PublishingJosh FunkAfsaneh MoradianEugenia ChuMaritza Martínez MejíaDiana HuangKathleen BurkinshawCultureGrooveSandra Elaine ScottDorena WilliamsonVeronica AppletonAlejandra DomenzainLauren Muskovitz and Sandfish PublishingTonya Duncan EllisKimberly LeeSusan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay FletcherNancy Tupper LingWinsome Hudson-BinghamAmanda Hsiung-BlodgettSivan HongMichael GenhartDebbie DadeyElizabeth CuretonStephanie WildmanMaryann JacobSherri MaretRochelle MelanderDia MixonKiyanda and Benjamin YoungShereen RahmingLinda Thornburg and Katherine Archer,  Rebecca Flansburg and BA Norrgard , Maxine Schur  Natalie McDonald-Perkins

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Twitter Party Details

Join us on Friday, Jan 29, 2021, at 9 pm EST for the 8th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party! Be sure and follow MCBD and Make A Way Media on Twitter!

This epically fun and fast-paced hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas.

We will be giving away an 8-Book Bundle every 5 minutes plus Bonus Prizes as well! *** US and Global participants welcome. **

Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians.

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

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Yolimari García

Library Technician, Writer, Book Reviewer
Yolimari García is a Puerto Rican/Cuban American library technician, writer, and book reviewer who currently lives in Georgia with her husband and two bright daughters. She has lived in Puerto Rico, Germany, and three states. Books, travel, historical landmarks, cultures, exercise, food, and genealogy are her passions. She holds a bachelor's degree in American History and a master's degree in European History. She writes children's books under the name Yolimari Rosa.

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  1. This is such a great way to learn about the Amazon rainforest. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review with Multicultural Children’s Book Day! New Multicultural Children’s Books – via @alldonemonkey See you tonight at our Twitter Party tonight at 9 pm EST hopefully!!

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