Monday, January 27, 2014

Celebrate Multicultural Children's Book Day! 'The Magic Poof' by Stephen Hodges

Welcome to Multicultural Children's Book Day, hosted by and Our selection is the picture book The Magic Poof by Stephen Hodges.


Seven year old Ange-Marie has always felt different. Who wouldn't when your best friend is literally attached to you? The Poof is a great ball of curly hair that sits directly on top of Ange-Marie's head. His magical and playful nature always seems to produce mischief and adventure. In book one of The Magic Poof series, Ange-Marie must decide what to wear for school picture day. But The Poof also wants to look good for picture day! How does Ange-Marie look her best and keep her enchanted and hairy friend a secret? In the end, both The Poof and Ange-Marie find that compromise is the key in any friendship.

**My thoughts**
This book is adorable! I have known many a child like Ange-Marie, who have that spunky little poof on top of their heads. Sometimes those poofs definitely have just as much personality as the best friend to which they are attached!

The timing of this book was also perfect for sharing with the little ones in my classroom, as we were also about to embark upon Picture Day. They got a kick out of the poof's antics and could relate to the crazy hair!

This book shows kids that they can be proud of who they are, no matter what they look like on the outside. You are your own best friend! Treat yourself like one!

About the author:

Stephen Hodges began his creative career in second grade by recording epic stories with his best friend. His love of storytelling and theater carried him through Arizona State University and into the film industry. One day, while working to help other industry creative types achieve their dreams, Stephen played with his wife's big poof of curly hair at the breakfast table before she'd had her tea. After enough time spent stretching her hair into shapes and giving it a funny voice, he came up with The Magic Poof. Upon vetting his idea with African-American and educational scholars, he set his own dream in motion. Stephen currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their star-in-the making Havanese dog, Buttercup. He is hard at work on the next Magic Poof book and animated series, as well as several other television projects.

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~~Order a signed copy for 25% off the cover price when you order directly from Stephen's website!~~

Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Celebrating Diversity in Children's Literature


Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. Find out more about Mia here and Valarie here.

Our main sponsors for this event is Wisdom Tales Press, Lee & Low Books Chronicle Books, and Susan Daniel Fayad: Author of My Grandfather’s Masbaha.

Other links of interest:

Susan Fayad: Author of My Grandfather’s Masbaha.


  1. Thanks for posting this Andrea! I just bought the Magic Poof and am very excited to read it to my kids! Thank you for participating in Multicultural Children's Book Day.

  2. Thank you so much for joining us for Multicultural Children's Book Day Andrea and for your great post. I am so glad that everyone is enjoying the Magic Poof!