Monday, January 25, 2021

Book Review and Activity of Karl Beckstrand's Books

Karl Beckstrand

Goodreads Author's Bio


Media professor Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator of 23 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 60 eBook titles (reviews by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book, Fore Word Reviews). Raised in San Jose, CA (he knows the secret to peeling avocados), he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast/film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. His survival western, To Swallow the Earth, won a 2016 International Book Award. Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. His nationally lauded Y.A. stories, eBook mysteries, nonfiction, Spanish/bilingual/ESL, wordless, career, and STEM books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Costco, Deseret Book, Follett, Apple/iBook's, Ingram, Paper crafts Magazine,, The U.S. Congressional Record,

Crumbs on the Stairs - Migas En Las Escaleras: A Mystery (Mini-Mysteries for Minors #2) by Karl Beckstrand (Goodreads Author)


The author Karl Beckstrand creates a wonderful rhyming book with bright, fun illustrations with simple words for early readers. This book not only entertains, but also provides the lesson to share and care.

It is a bilingual book that features English and Spanish on each page. The plot turns around the mystery of crumbs on the stairs and everywhere that helps children learn the process of narratives, rhyming words, numbers, colors, and introduces another language.

I highly recommend this book to learn new words or practice the contrast between Spanish/English forms.


El autor Karl Beckstrand crea un maravilloso libro de rimas con ilustraciones brillante, divertidas y con palabras simples para pequeños lectores. Este libro no sólo entretiene, sino que también provee la lección de compartir y cuidar.

Es un libro es bilingüe que contiene inglés y español en cada página. La trama gira alrededor del misterio de las migajas en las escaleras y en todas partes que ayudan a los niños a aprender el proceso de la narrativa, la rima de palabras, números, colores e introduce otro lenguaje.

Recomiendo este libro para aprender nuevas palabras o practicar el contraste entre las formas del español /inglés.

ACTIVITIES CREATED BY: Maritza Martínez Mejía @2021

1. Write a paragraph of your favorite part of Crumbs on the Stairs - Migas En Las Escaleras: A Mystery?


2. What did you learn about the story?________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

3. What is your favorite illustration?


Great Cape of Colors - Capa de colores: (English-Spanish with pronunciation guide) (Careers for Kids) by Karl Beckstrand  (Author), John Collado (Illustrator)

Great Cape of Colors is a language learning book with a Magic Cape that teach colors, professions, cultures and costumers. The book uses bright illustrations and words in two language (English and Spanish). It’s a great tool for teaching Pre-K and primary levels. East to read and level 1 ESOL/ESE. It contains an instructive language comparison, excellent for teachers.


 La capa de colores es un libro que enseña colores, profesiones, culturas y costumbres. El libro usa coloridas ilustraciones y palabras en dos idiomas (inglés y español). Perfecto para niños de Pre-escolar y fácil lectura para primaria. Contiene una página instructiva de comparación de los dos idiomas, excelente para los profesores.

I received a copy of Crumbs on the Stairs - Migas En Las Escaleras: A Mystery & Great Cape of Colors - Capa de colores bKarl Beckstrand as part of the #ReadYourWorld. 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.

Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

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Author and Reviewer

Maritza M. Mejia writes to inspire others to be their best selves.

Member: ANLMI, FWA, SFWA, Delegada ANLMI

Awards: Crystal Apple 2006, VCB Poetry 2015, Latino Book Awards 2016, Author’s Talk Book Show 2017- American Eagle2020 -Social Media: @luzdelmes


  1. Thank you so much for your wonderful review and for supporting our holiday for so many years! I hope that you can join us tonight at 9am EST for our Twitter Party!

    1. You're very welcome dear Mia. Thank you for keeping us together. See you at the Twitter Party!


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