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Multicultural Children's Book Day 2024 (1/25/24) is in its 11th year

I am a coordinator for Greece and am also a book reviewer.

I am happy to review a wonderful book written in English, by Agatha Rodi, under the title “Greece" published by Barefoot Books

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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.

So, let me introduce you to Greek author Agatha Rodi and her book " Greece ", by Barefoot Books


" Greece "

By Greek author Agatha Rodi

By Greek illustrator Fotini Tikkou Fotini Tikkou Illustration

Published by Barefoot Books

A board book in Greek for ages …. Everyone!

Have you ever been to Greece? Have you ever tasted a Greek food ? Have you ever spoken Greek ? Well with this book the tiny little fingers will turn the pages and smell the sea, the food and realize how much they love grandma (yiayia) .

It’s a board book that travels you to Greece’s everyday life and to your village (horio) where grandma (yiayia) is waiting you for Storytime!

Our little hero introduce us in the scenery of Greece, the historical places and its everyday life. A walk in Zapeio , the traffic in Syntagma square , owe! Did you see the evzone ( tsolia) !

We explore Laiki Agora (fruit market) and we eat gemista (stuffed peppers and tomatoes). A greek island appears and storytime begins…

The vocabulary this is the surprise I love this book because a lot of words are in greek written in latin alphabet and check this out has beneath the pronunciation in English! So everybody can read and understand Greek! (of course these words are also been translated in english too)


What makes this book worth reading, is that you find culture. No more words needed.

The illustrations, by Fotini Tikku are incredible. Are bright, colorful and vivid. I love the cover and the back over blurb.

I have to admit that my favorite part is that star in the earth picture in the cover. Can you see it Yeap this is where Greece is on the map Put it in your bucket list


Agatha Rodi’s book is definitely a keeper! It is highly recommended for not only toddlers and young learners but all us who would like to have a touch of Greece . Multicultural identity and character for sure this book.


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Let's meet the author

Agatha Rodi was born in Patras, Greece. She has been working as a foreign language teacher for twenty-four years. She published her picture book “A young Kimolistas” (2022) in Greek, English, French, and Italian. The bilingual picture book “Amelie at Grandma’s” (2020) is in two versions, in Greek-English and Greek-French. She has translated/edited short stories, anthologies, and poems LuzDelMes-U.S.A.2019&2020 and Unfettered Hearts-U.S.A, 2021. As a writer, she appeared in the Greek Anthology, for her birthplace Patras: “8 People of the City” (2019). Being the Policy Maker of the “Kimolistes Ngo”, she organizes the “Story Telling Waves” workshops, under the auspices of the Hellenic Tourism Organization, related to the environment, and Kimolian tradition. Her successful proposals for the “Kimolistes Ngo” are: Silver Award, BEST CITY AWARDS 2023(Greece), Culture and Sustainable Development, BRAVO Sustainability Dialogue & Awards (2022) as Ambassador of Sustainable Development, in Greece, 1st place in the European Union, Sustainable Cultural Tourism (ECTN AWARD 2021). She is a member of the International Organization SCBWI (Society of children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the Circle of the Greek Children’s Book (Greek Ibby), the Cyprus Association on Books for Young People(Cypriot Ibby), the Greek-Japanese Association, and the European Association of Crea tive Writing Programmes (EACWP). She represents Greece as the Ambassador of the non-profit organizations (MCBD-U.S.), (International Read To Me DayAustralia), Inclusion Matters (U.S.). She writes in the newspaper “National Herald„ U.S. of the Greek diaspora. She set up her own Publishing Company “Weaving Waves Publications„ (June 2022).



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Book Review  "Greece"

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