Celebrate! Our Differences
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Celebrate! Our Differences  -     By: Sophia Day, Megan Johnson
    Illustrated By: Stephanie Strouse

Celebrate! Our Differences

Illustrated By: Stephanie Strouse
MVP Kids Media / 2016 / Hardcover

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Join our MVP Kids® in Celebrate! Our Differences as they learn to be confident in who they are while respecting the uniqueness of others. By interacting with children of various differences in background, ethnicity, ability and needs our MVP Kids® learn that differences aren't scary and that finding common ground helps build strong friendships in which differences can be celebrated. 25 pages, hardcover. Grades PreK-1.

62 pages, hardcover. PreK / Grade 4/ Ages 4-10.

The MVP Kids series features 12 families with a wide range of ethnic and cultural diversity and stories that focus on the long-term building of character, values, and responsibi lity. Children will see themselves in the stories of the Real MVP Kids and hopefully be inspired to live out the positive character qualities they model!

The Celebrate series for preschoolers includes hints to help parents guide their children into a deeper understanding of the subject matter of the book, connect emotionally to the book's theme, and give practical actions, crafts, and activities to help children gain hands-on experience.

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Title: Celebrate! Our Differences
By: Sophia Day, Megan Johnson
Illustrated By: Stephanie Strouse
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 25
Vendor: MVP Kids Media
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 6.50 X 5.75 X 0.50 (inches)
Weight: 12 ounces
ISBN: 1684182459
ISBN-13: 9781684182459
Ages: 2-6
Series: Celebrate!
Stock No: WW182459
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Celebrate! Our Differences

Learn to be confident in who you are while respecting the uniqueness of others. By interacting with children of various differences in background, ethnicity, ability, and needs, the MVP Kids learn that differences aren’t scary and that finding common ground helps build strong friendships in which differences can be celebrated.

This diverse book features a range of families and diversity in positive ways. The MVP Kids span diverse cultures, ethnicities, religions, family situations, physical challenges, education, and professions. Some are the only child in their family; others have large families. Some are recent immigrants; others date back to the Pilgrims. The diversity allows children to see themselves in the pages of the book while also seeing positive interaction with others who are different.

About the Celebrate! Board book series

Celebrate everyday moments of growing up with MVP Kids board books, for children ages 0-6 years. Events range from celebrating holidays to family, daily routines and more. Young children follow the MVP Kids as they learn important life lessons. MVP Kids books focus on social, emotional, educational and physical needs as Sophia Day interacts with children through a combination of entertainment and memorable verse stimulated by inviting illustrations. Helpful Teaching Tips sections are included in each book to equip and guide you toward a deeper understanding of each subject. Join the MVP Kids and celebrate growing up!

About MVP Kids

Families with a diverse range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds drive the inspiration for child education and social emotional learning. MVP Kids enables real-world kids in addressing the challenges in their lives through story based character lessons where the kids interact at school, social situations and in their communities. MVP Kids board books enrich preschool readers; hardcovers and paperbacks focus on school-agers. Each MVP Kids book includes extensive coaching information for parents and educators guidance in promoting character education, including social and emotional learning.

Author Bio

In her Real MVP Kids series of books for preschoolers and elementary students, Sophia Day interacts with children through a recipe of entertainment and inviting illustrations. She promotes healthy mentoring relationships by providing opportunities for parents and teachers to personally relate with their children. Her goal is to help inspire honorable character in young men and women to prepare them to become Real MVPs and to live meaningful, responsible lives.

Megan Johnson is a homeschooling, adoptive and special needs mother of five. Prepared by a degree in education, linguistic studies and extensive cross-cultural experience, Megan seeks to provide readers with accessible tools for building a caring, inclusive community. Writing provides an outlet for all of Megan’s passions and the satisfaction of completion when the rest of her parenting duties seem never ending. Megan currently resides in Arizona.

Stephanie Strouse is MVP Kids Creative Director and the illustrator for many of our Real MVP Kids books. Stephanie received a BA in Visual Communications Design from Virginia Tech, developing a passion for communicating through illustration and color. Stephanie loves seeing real life versions of the MVP Kids out and about in real life, reinforcing her desire to make a lasting impact in children’s lives through her creative works. Stephanie currently resides in Ohio.

For more on Sophia, Megan and Stephanie, visit www.realMVPkids.com.

Editorial Reviews

"I found their characters, their MVP Kids, to be charming and the illustrations to be warm and inviting. They do a great job of representing the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, and appearances that we all experience. While at the same time embracing the many things that we share in common. I was impressed by the story lines and how they address topics significant to children and their parents, how they gently present opportunities for teaching and learning associated with each topic like meal time or bed time, how they naturally introduce to children things like special needs, adoption, ethnic diversity, and cultural differences and genuinely embrace the differences."


"The MVP Kids book list has heart and soul! Each title reflects the mission to mentor, teach life skills and inspire character in maturing children. MVP kids’ books are teaching important life skills through diverse, lovable characters, realistic plots and beautifully detailed illustrations. Children will make text to text, text to self and text to world connections as they move through the series. MVP Kids represents a global society where self-awareness, tolerance and kindness prevail.”


My family loves books. We just can’t get enough. My favorite kinds of books are books that teach life lessons and social emotional strategies in the story. Why are social emotional strategies important to me? Research shows that only about 20% of job success is related to intellectual intelligence and approximately 80% of success is due to emotional intelligence. What is emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is defined as the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and with empathy.

So, I was excited when I saw the REAL MVP kids and had the opportunity to look through the books. The first night we had the books, my daughter REFUSED to eat her dinner as there was broccoli on her plate. That night I picked out “Celebrate! Meal Time” at bedtime with my kids. She mentioned that she would eat everything on her plate tomorrow. My kids wanted to read EVERY book in the box immediately! I gave them the opportunity to look through the titles and my son is looking forward to reading, “Lucas Tames the Anger Dragon.” I am looking forward to the learn and discuss guide in the back! The learn and discuss guide includes information geared at gaining a deeper understanding of the topic and then also provides questions to discuss with your child. My daughter is most excited to read “Celebrate! The Way I’m Made.”

The books, some board books and some hard cover, are colorful and include characters of all races and ethnicities. Check out the excellent titles they have published and the ones coming at: https://realmvpkids.com/


“We have been utilizing the books in our waiting room and in each of our exam rooms.  I am happy to be able to offer health-related reading material for kids while they wait for their appointment.  They’re read multiple times per day and have proven to be very durable!  We have also given some of the books out to our patients and they have been well received.  My kids have the books in their collection and I like to be able to have a fun way to share important information about healthy eating, sleeping, and visits to the doctor with them.”

“MVPkids sent me 5 of the 12 board books in their Celebrate! Series, all by author Sophia Day. The first thing I noticed about these books was how good the quality was. The pages were thick and the binding is strong. As teachers, we think about these things as much as the content because if it doesn’t last, then our students won’t see it.

“The next thing I noticed about the books as a whole is that not only are there diverse characters throughout these booksⷋ, but the books are talking and exploring the characters everyday lives. This makes these great for daycares, Early Childhood classrooms, and special education lessons. .

“My favorite books were Celebrate! Our Difference and Celebrate! The Way I’m Made. As a special education, both of these books were perfect from the images to the language used to describe everyone’s differing abilities and cultures. I also really like how important messages in the text are highlighted with different colors or size font. .

“Overall, the Celebrate! Series from MVP Kids did not disappoint. They would be a great addition to any classroom or home library. This is not MVP Kids only series either and I was also excited to see a series on social-emotional learning. Make sure to visit their website to check out all of their titles.” .


“The board books have such fun characters from many different nationalities. These children help children of all backgrounds identify with them. So many times, books focus on one nationality and children can’t associate their feelings with the kids. The end of the books has teaching tips for parents and teachers. The Celebrate books by Real MVP Kids appeal to children of all walks of life.

“ “The books are also written in a fun way to help children understand a way to work through every day problems or understand everyone’s differences. Celebrating Family and Life with the Real MVP Kids will help young children see everyday life in a new way.

“ “In the holidays books, the kids all show different ways they celebrate various holidays. These books give all children a glimpse into how others celebrate various holidays, even here in America. They also give young children background information about those holidays.

“ “At this young age, children may feel insecure or fearful of going to places like the doctor or dentist. This series of books will help them get through those tough times and make it easier to understand what might happen when they are there. It is nothing to be afraid of.

“ “All in all, these simple and fun board books will help young children understand the diversity of our world and prepare them for the life ahead of them.”


“Not only do I love the absolutely love the visual diversity on these pages, but they have even more to offer the reader:

“The people are realistically drawn (okay, their heads are a little large) and the scenes around them provide a ton of familiarity for littles.

“The rhyme is perfect for reading aloud. For example, Celebrate! Grandmas and Grandpas™ begins with a snuggles and tickles/homemade pickles set.

“Each book ends with two extras. One is a picture list of each kid featured in the book alongside their name. That way, kids can identify with the characters as they go through each book. The other extra is a list of ‘Helpful Teaching Tips’. Celebrate! Mommies and Daddies™ has a lovely one for separation anxiety: “Do not shame your child for feeling anxious about separation. Instead, reassure your child that you love him and will return.” How perfect is that?

“Each is it’s own cultural goldmine, filled with cultural identifiers, diverse vocabulary, and some even have multiple languages with pronunciation guides.

“So far, Lilah has really liked these at bedtime, but I think they would work really well for a family storytime. I highly recommend them to librarians and parents for the teaching tips alone. They would make a wonderful addition to a collection and I hope you will all check them out!”


“Real MVP Kids [is] dedicated to representing a wide range of ethnic and cultural diversity. Embracing others… means finding value in each other’s differences. Reading books with diverse characters teaches your kids to have empathy for all people. People with disabilities, different economic brackets, those not raised by their biological parents, etc., is an important lesson that parents can teach early on.”

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