Meet the Mermaids: Hi, I'm Jenny by Lois Petren

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is an online children’s literacy event that occurs on the last Friday of every January. Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen created Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) several years ago as a way to celebrate diversity in children’s books while getting diverse books into the hands of young readers, parents, teachers, and librarians. Each year authors and publishers from around the world donate books to MCBD for bloggers to read and review. This year I received the book Meet the Mermaids: Hi, I'm Jenny. Meet the Mermaids: Hi, I'm Jenny... Hi, I'm Jenny for short... by Lois Petren is about a mermaid who wants to teach readers about positivity and self-confidence. Keep reading to learn more about this book!

Book cover for Meet the Mermaids: Hi, I'm Jenny by Lois Petren

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About Hi, I'm Jenny by Lois Petren

๐ŸŽ Author's Summary: In this charming mermaid book meet Jenny, an Asian mermaid, and one of the Five Enchanted Mermaids! Her best friend is a seahorse called Sam and her favorite color is orange. And, she loves to sing. In Meet the Mermaids: Hi, I’m Jenny, Jenny describes her experience of learning to sing, and then losing her self-confidence because she didn’t think she sang very well. Then she shares all the tips she used to get her confidence back so she could sing better. This kids' positive thinking book helps children overcome those little negative voices in their heads with realistic ideas about ways they can use positive thinking for kids to boost their self-confidence.

๐ŸŽ Author: Lois Petren
๐ŸŽ Publisher: LifeMadeSimple, LLC
๐ŸŽ Date: August 7, 2021
๐ŸŽ Pages: 32

Jenny the Mermaid is sitting on a rock next to an orange fish.

Language Arts Minilesson

In Hi, I'm Jenny, we learn a lot about the mermaid Jenny. We learn about her hobbies, her friends, some of her favorite things, and about her thoughts and feelings. Jenny reveals to us as readers that she has lost her confidence in how well she sings. She also tells us about how she overcame her feelings of self-doubt. 

Hi, I'm Jenny would be a good book to introduce character traits to your students. Character traits are words used by authors to describe the true personality of a character and to make their stories feel real. Sometimes authors will use specific words to describe a character. And... sometimes they will make readers infer a character's personality and observe how a character behaves. Jenny is quite chatty in the book and children will have to draw conclusions by paying attention to what she talks about.

Work together with your students to brainstorm a list of character traits that describe Jenny. Does she display positive or negative traits? How would you describe Jenny's character and personality in general? If time allows, record your students' responses on an anchor chart.

Happy, kind, honest, sincere, and patient are examples of positive character traits. Rude, angry, mean, and greedy are examples of negative traits. Which traits apply to Jenny? 

Meet the Mermaids: Hi, I'm Jenny by Lois Petren

Essential Vocabulary and Concepts

Even though Lois Petren wrote Hi, I'm Jenny with three to seven-year-old children in mind, there are several essential vocabulary words and concepts in the book you may need to review ahead of time. Being able to understand these words and concepts will help them fully enjoy the story.

The essential vocabulary words and concepts include:
  • confidence
  • confident
  • unique
  • anxious
  • positive
  • negative
  • inner voice
  • frustration
  • frustrated
  • mantra
  • gratitude

Meet the Mermaids: Hi, I'm Jenny by Lois Petren

About Multicultural Children's Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is in its 9th 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. MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves. 

MCBD 2022 is honored to be supported by these medallion sponsors:

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

Platinum: Language Lizard

Gold: Barefoot Books, KidLitTV, Candlewick, Capstone, Abrams Books

Silver: Pack-n-Go Girls, Charlotte Riggle, Kimberly Gordon Biddle  

Bronze: Carole P. Roman, Patrice McLaurin, Dyesha and Triesha McCants/McCants Squared,, Redfin Canada, Redfin Mortgage, Redfin/Title Forward, Create & Educate, Star Bright Books, Vivian Kirkfield, Dr. Eleanor Wint, Kind World Publishing, Snowflake Stories, Lisa Wee, SONGJU MA, Melissa Stoller, J.C. Kato and J.C.², Crystel Patterson, Audrey Press, Pragmaticmom, TimTimTom, Wisdom Tales 

MCBD 2022 is honored to be supported by these author sponsors:      

Alva Sachs, Brianna Carter, Ebony Zay Zay, Rita Bhandari, Gwen Jackson, Lois Petren/The 5 Enchanted Mermaids, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Josh Funk, Afsaneh Moradian, Eugenia Chu, Maritza Martรญnez Mejรญa, Diana Huang, Kathleen Burkinshaw, CultureGroove, Sandra Elaine Scott, Dorena Williamson, Veronica Appleton, Alejandra Domenzain, Lauren Muskovitz and Sandfish Publishing, Tonya Duncan Ellis, Kimberly Lee, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher, Nancy Tupper Ling, Winsome Hudson-Bingham, Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett, Sivan Hong, Michael Genhart, Debbie Dadey, Elizabeth Cureton, Stephanie Wildman, Maryann Jacob, Sherri Maret, Rochelle Melander, Dia Mixon, Kiyanda and Benjamin Young, Shereen Rahming, Linda Thornburg and Katherine Archer, Rebecca Flansburg and BA Norrgard , Maxine Schur Natalie McDonald-Perkins

MCBD 2022 is honored to be supported by our cohosts and global cohosts and media partners!

FREE RESOURCES from Multicultural Children’s Book Day

The Multicultural Children's Book Day website provides free access to educational resources for teachers and parents. Some of the resources include:

  • Diversity Book Lists & Activities
  • Homeschool Diverse Kidlit Booklist & Activity Kit
  • Teacher Classroom Activism and Activists Kit
  • Teacher Classroom Empathy Kit
  • Teacher Classroom Kindness Kit
  • Teacher Classroom Physical and Developmental Challenges Kit
  • Teacher Classroom Poverty Kit
  • Homeschool Diverse Kidlit Booklist & Activity Kit
  • Teacher Classroom Raising Awareness on Systemic Racism in America Classroom Kit
  • Posters
  • Diversity Book for Classrooms Program
  • Click here to see the full list of free resources.

Promo for #readyourworld Twitter Party

Join us on Friday, Jan 29, 2021, at 9 pm EST for the 8th annual Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter Party! Be sure and follow MCBD and Make A Way Media on Twitter!

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!

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  1. Thanks so much for joining us for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

  2. Great review, thanks so much for joining us for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!