cover art of sporkWhat it is

A picture book about a spork who has a spoon and fork as parents and doesn’t feel like he fits in with the other dishes.

Why I read it

I was browsing bookstores in Vernon (waiting for a library meeting, since there aren’t buses very often from SA) and I came across it in a display.

Why it is awesome

  • A story about not fitting in
  • A story about being of mixed heritage
  • Adorable art
  • Not too much text, kid friendly
  • A happy ending that the kids will enjoy

Who will like it

  • 4-6 year olds
  • Librarians and teachers
  • Parents of children who are of mixed race or visibly different from their peers.


cover art of VioletThis picture book is fabulous not only for its adorable artwork, but because of the message. Violet is a story about being of mixed heritage, and the confusion this can cause for some children. It is a great way to help a child of mixed heritage see there are others like themselves, or to discourage racism among young children.

Thank you to the author Tania Duprey Stehlik and the illustrator Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic.