Beyond the Book – Meet Frankie Jordan

I’m happy to be a part of this year’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day #ReadYourWorld event. I’ll be sharing a great book, Meet Frankie Jordan, written by Kim C. Lee and illustrated by Vera Sysolina. Many thanks to Toni from My Well Read Child for providing us with a copy of this book.

This book was provided by the My Well Read Child for review. Bookshop and Amazon affiliate links are included in this post.

Book Summary

Do you like to stand out from all of the other kids in your class? If so, Meet Frankie Jordan is the book for you. Frankie is a budding illustrator who looks at the entire world as art. Even though she enjoys different activities than most other kids, Frankie does not let that stop her creativity. Meet Frankie Jordan encourages everyone to appreciate the unique characteristics of those around them.


4 – 8 years

Pre-reading activity:

Discuss what you see on the cover of the book and ask your child to predict what the story may be about. Describe the expression on Frankie’s face. Why do you think she is holding a pencil?

During the story:

Have your child predict the text based on the illustrations. Provide definitions and connections for any of the target vocabulary words listed below that may be unfamiliar. Ask questions throughout the story to help your child comprehend what is being read. Have your child repeat unfamiliar words.

Example Questions:

  • What is Frankie’s favorite thing to do?
  • Why did the other children at Frankie’s school think she was weird?
  • Do you think Frankie’s classmates treated her fairly?
  • Frankie was very confident. Tell me about a time you felt confident.
  • Frankie had a big imagination. If you could imagine your own tickle monster, what would it look like?

Target Vocabulary

to draw something without thinking about what you are doing
in large numbers or amounts
a long curl of hair
very dry
unusual or strange
to shout mean words at someone
to have new ideas about how something can be done
something or someone is unlike anything or anyone else
to make someone want to do something


Have your child re-read the book in their own words using the illustrations. Ask your child how they would respond if there was a friend at school who was being treated unfairly because they were unique.


Recreate a Famous Piece of Art

Several famous artists, like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Frida Kahlo, were mentioned in this story. Search for images and videos on Google and Youtube to view more of their art. After your search, complete one of these kid-friendly art projects inspired by Basquiat or Kahlo.

We hope you all enjoyed going Beyond the Book with Meet Frankie Jordan!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th 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 book into the hands of young readers and educators.
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  1. Mia Wenjen

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful review with Multicultural Children’s Book Day. I hope you can join us tonight for our Twitter Party at 9am EST. We will be giving away hundreds of diverse children’s books!

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