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Avery G. and the Scary End of School

Written & Illustrated by Sivan Hong

I was gifted a copy of Avery G. and the Scary End of School written and illustrated by Sivan Hong to read, review, and celebrate for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023. This book was published by Amitz Press.

Avery G. has some big feelings about school ending for the summer this year and she makes a list of her top five reasons for why she feels worried when she thinks about the end of the school year:

  1. Not having a schedule in the summer
  2. She does not want a new teacher next year
  3. She will miss her classmates
  4. Saying goodbye makes her sad
  5. She is tired at the end of the year, and this makes everything much harder

Avery G. seems to feel what many children feel as the school year comes to a close—uncertainty, sadness, anxiety, and stress. This book does an excellent job at breaking those feelings down and giving concrete examples and suggestions as to how to deal with them. After Avery G. gives her parents the list she made, they make a plan that will solve everything! A plan gives Avery G. immediate reassurance. It is a five-step plan:

  1. Her parents make her a summer schedule
  2. Ms. Jess (her current teacher) introduces her to Ms. Abby (her new teacher)
  3. Her parents schedule playdates with her new classmates over the summer
  4. She made goodbye cards for her class
  5. She asked for more movement breaks to recharge

Even though Avery G. was having trouble coping with the end of the school year and transitioning to the upcoming one, these five steps allowed her to make it through.  

I think many children will relate to this book, and many parents and educators can look to it to find inspiration as to how to handle their child struggling with these emotions. I recommend this book to any parent or educator who knows a child who may relate to Avery G. They (and you) will find comfort and reassurance in this book.

This book is part of the Super Fun Day Book Series. Other books in this series include Benny J. and the Horrible Halloween, Emily D. and the Fearful First Day, and George J. and the Miserable Monday.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2023 (1/26/22) is in its 10th 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 books into the hands of young readers and educators.

Ten 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. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

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FOUNDER’S CIRCLE: Mia Wenjen (Pragmaticmom) and Valarie Budayr’s (

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🏅 Platinum Sponsors: Language Lizard Bilingual Books in 50+ Languages 

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MCBD 2023 is honored to be Supported by these Author Sponsors!

Authors: Sivan Hong, Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett, Josh Funk , Stephanie M. Wildman, Gwen Jackson, Diana Huang, Afsaneh Moradian, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Eugenia Chu, Jacqueline Jules, Alejandra Domenzain, Gaia Cornwall, Ruth Spiro, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo, Tonya Duncan Ellis, Kiyanda and Benjamin Young/Twin Powers Books, Kimberly Lee , Tameka Fryer Brown, Talia Aikens-Nuñez, Marcia Argueta Mickelson, Kerry O’Malley Cerra, Jennie Liu, Heather Murphy Capps, Diane Wilson, Sun Yung Shin, Shannon Gibney, John Coy, Irene Latham and Charles Waters, Maritza M Mejia, Lois Petren, J.C. Kato and J.C.², CultureGroove, Lindsey Rowe Parker, Red Comet Press, Shifa Saltagi Safadi, Nancy Tupper Ling, Deborah Acio, Asha Hagood, Priya Kumari, Chris Singleton, Padma Venkatraman, Teresa Robeson, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Martha Seif Simpson, Rochelle Melander, Alva Sachs, Moni Ritchie Hadley, Gea Meijering, Frances Díaz Evans, Michael Genhart, Angela H. Dale, Courtney Kelly, Queenbe Monyei, Jamia Wilson, Charnaie Gordon, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Debbie Zapata, Jacquetta Nammar Feldman, Natasha Yim, Tracy T. Agnelli, Kitty Feld, Anna Maria DiDio, Ko Kim, Shachi Kaushik 

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📌 Register for the MCBD Read Your World Virtual Party

Join us on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 9 pm EST for the 10th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Read Your World Virtual Party!

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, and connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians. See you all very soon on Twitter!

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

IMPORTANTComplete your review before January 26, 2023.  Unless there  was a delay in receiving the book, please email 


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