The Magical Day by Sandra Elaine Scott Reviewed in the September, 2020 issue of Children’s Bookwatch
Irvin, C. (2020, September). Children’s Bookwatch. Retrieved from http://www.midwestbookreview.com/cbw/sep_20.htm#StoryMonstersInk
The Magical Day
Sandra Elaine Scott, author
Jasmine Mills, illustrator
Vision Your Dreams
Donovan is on vacation in the United States where he is spending some time with his cousin, Maria Luisa. But when Maria Luisa gets ill, Donovan must go by himself. He’s a bit timid at first, but everyone he meets is very friendly and makes him feel welcome. I like the book because it has great illustrations and a good message. There are also some extra pages in the back of the book where readers can go for more information about the professional jobs mentioned in the book and a glossary of terms for the Spanish words used throughout the text. (Ages 5-9)
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Award-Winning Massachusetts Author, Sandra Elaine Scott, Joins Holiday Book Drive, Releases New Children’s Book
Multicultural Children’s Books “The Magical Day” and “Home:Casa” Share the Spirit of Giving, Diversity and Joy This Holiday Season
Nov. 1, 2018, MILLIS, Mass. – Sandra Elaine Scott, Massachusetts author and international speaker, joins the 2018 Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive to help bring the joy of the holiday season to children throughout Massachusetts.
Customers who want to help build a child’s library, and deepen the diversity within it, can purchase Scott’s award-winning multicultural book “The Magical Day” for donation at the Burlington location, 98 Middlesex Turnpike, and Framingham store, 1 Worcester Road, between November 1 and January 1. All books donated through the book drive will go directly to local children from birth to age 12 through the Cradles to Crayons’ network.
“The Magical Day,” Scott’s first children’s book, is a story about young Donovan’s adventures exploring a new environment and meeting inspiring everyday citizens when he visits the United States. Scott shares positive lessons, reinforces culturally appropriate messages and helps young readers feel proud of who they are by drawing on her own bicultural heritage and love for diversity. Barnes & Noble customers purchased more than 100 copies of the book for donation last year, helping Scott outsell Pete Souza’s bestselling book “Obama: An Intimate Portrait” at the Burlington store for a week during the 2017 book drive.
“I love to share the joys of reading and writing with children,” said Scott. “The need for multicultural and diverse books is more important than ever. I want all children to have faith in themselves and feel empowered to create their own magical days.”
To celebrate the publication of her new bilingual children’s book, “Home: Casa,” Scott will also host a book signing at the Burlington store on December 9, 1 to 3 p.m. This heartwarming story of Mia, her grandmother Lita Sofia and the mischievous Alpaca Coco reminds readers home is where the heart is.
Named Most Inspirational Youth Chapter Book by Latino Literacy Now at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards, Massachusetts and California school districts are also sharing “The Magical Day” with students and teachers as a complement to the Common Core Social Studies Curriculum.
To learn more about Scott’s multi-genre and multicultural books, educational programs, keynote presentations and workshops, visit SandraElaineScott.com. Reporters can schedule an interview with Scott by emailing email@example.com or calling (617) 448-2504.
ABOUT SANDRA ELAINE SCOTT
Award-Winning Author Sandra Elaine Scott is an International Speaker, Corporate Trainer and Life Coach who inspires joy and specializes in helping individuals turn their someday dreams into today’s reality with her unique blend of powerful, captivating stories, positive strategies and practical action steps. Sandra believes in the spirit of giving back through the stewardship principles of Time, Talent and Treasure. Her former career as a nonprofit director and fundraising professional, along with the legacy of her parents, inspire her to serve as the President of the Friends of the Millis Public Library, sing in the St. Thomas Catholic Church choir and support several charitable organizations serving children, women and seniors. To learn more, visit SandraElaineScott.com.