Instagram Live with Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Karin will be interviewed on Multicultural Children’s Book Day’s Instagram Live next Wednesday, November 17 at noon PT/3pm ET. The focus of the chat will be My Amazing Day and family habits of gratitude. Tune in at

Find Karin’s new author/editor Instagram account here:

The interview will be posted on YouTube after the event, and we’ll post the link in this spot.

[Here’s the update a video link. The highlights about gratitude science and rituals can be found at]

Happy November!

Gratitude during the Pandemic

I hope this post finds you and those close to you well. Whatever you are facing, may you also find what gives you peace and joy during these strange times.

Being the author of My Amazing Day keeps gratitude top of mind for me, and I’ve noticed that it is helping me and my family stay in good spirits during the pandemic. We are benefiting from the gratitude traditions we’ve put in place. And we are experiencing firsthand the gratitude science I studied when prepping to write the book.

I made a brief video to share about how all that works in hopes it might benefit others. I hope you will enjoy it and learn something that inspires you.

Be well!



A Season of Gratitude

Happy Winter Holidays 2018!

One of the lovely things about this time of year is that reminders abound to express gratitude. I (Karin) recently came across an article on Aha! which brings together many of my favorite gratitude tradition ideas and has a few that are new to even this gratitude tradition collector! If you are looking for a gratitude activity or practice, the Aha! Parenting article has a nice collection. I also describe gratitude traditions on this website.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area over the Thanksgiving Weekend, come visit with Lori and I at a book signing at The Multicultural Children’s Bookstore at The Shops at Hilltop in Richmond on Sunday, November 25, from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm. We are very much looking forward to talking with people about My Amazing Day. And we’ll have few activities related to its themes. The Multicultural Children’s Bookstore is a new treasure in our community with a bountiful collection of diverse books. More details on the book signing can be found on the Events page.

May the gratitude experiences of this season spread into your whole year!

Winter Holidays Gratitude and Goodreads Giveaway

Coming off the Thanksgiving weekend, it feels like a new time of year. Happy holiday time!

The winter holidays can be full of joyful, cherished experiences and good cheer, and for lots of us this time can also be stressful due to overscheduling, or sad for a variety of reasons. Even before I was part of creating My Amazing Day, I had experienced that gratitude was a gift in both those kinds of states. In fact, those experiences were a big part of why I was so excited when Elizabeth and Lori asked if I would work with them on the project that became My Amazing Day.

If you are having a joyful holiday time, a wish I have for you is to remember about expressing gratitude. That could be expressing it to others or expressing it to yourself, by speaking, writing. or creating art. I have found those expressions help me connect more deeply to sweet times.

And if you are having a hard time this year or have some difficult moments, I also have a wish for you to remember about expressing gratitude. For me, when I am feeling blue, identifying what I’m grateful for is the way I can cheer myself with the most ease. Often in those times, I find gratitude for the simplest things to be the most heartening—the feel of soft cotton, being able to see a color I love, appreciation for a painting or song.

If you have young children in your life, showing them your expressions of gratitude can help them connect this time to delights beyond the material parts, which can be so dazzling.

To spread some thoughts of wonder and gratitude in the winter holiday season, I’m giving away two copies of My Amazing Day at Goodreads. I invite you to enter and spread the word, if you’re on Goodreads.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

My Amazing Day by Karin Fisher-Golton

My Amazing Day

by Karin Fisher-Golton

Giveaway ends December 04, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

And if you’re looking for copies of My Amazing Day for gifts, ways to find the book are listed here.

Wishing you a holiday season full of wonder and gratitude!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017

Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Today’s event, in its fourth year, is a time to discover and celebrate books by and about a diversity of people. The following website and other host sites have this linky collection of hundreds of book reviews. What a great resource!

You can participate in the discussions by searching for the hashtag #ReadYourWorld on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


My Amazing Day and I (Karin) are participating in multiple ways this year.

I contributed review copies of My Amazing Day to Multicultural Children’s Book Day reviewers, which, fittingly, have received some diverse reviews:

  • The Spain-based website bambolango shared a review in both Spanish and English. The review includes some nice activity ideas.
  • This Facebook review is from an Australian reviewer who sells charming keepsake cards for babies’ first words via her Facebook page, WordsOfBub. I love what she said about how adults and toddlers might view My Amazing Day.
  • Over at Books, Babies, and Bows, the blogger shares a review of My Amazing Day, which includes her 4-year-old daughter’s drawing in response to being asked what happened during her amazing day. All us reading fans will love her response.
  • And at @Victors_Books on Instagram. Not only is there a review, but this awesome montage of photos from Victor’s own amazing day.

I also volunteered to be a reviewer and was treated to a review copy of a beautifully written and illustrated book from longtime multicultural children’s book leader, Lee & Low Books. My review of Mama and Papa Have a Store can be found on my author/editor website here:


Here is more information from the Multicultural Children’s Book Day team:

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

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 holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

Author Sponsors include: Karen Leggett AbourayaVeronica AppletonSusan Bernardo, Kathleen BurkinshawMaria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin Savannah HendricksStephen HodgesCarmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid ImaniGwen Jackson,  Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece MurphyMiranda PaulAnnette PimentelGreg RansomSandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

MCBD Links to remember:

MCBD site:

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers:

Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators:

Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents:

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use their official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.


Indie Author Day at the Berkeley Public Library

I will be participating in Indie Author Day at the Berkeley Public Library this coming Saturday, October 8. Details are here: I’ll be one of the “speed readers.” (Much easier when your book is only 101 words long! I plan to get through the whole thing and have time to say a little about its creation.) I also look forward to visiting with readers and signing books.

Indie Author Day is a new event for readers and creators of independently published books. It will take place at libraries across North America. Here is general information about Indie Author Day:

My lifetime of loving reading and children’s books began in the Berkeley Public Libraries. When I think of them, images of being in awe at the number of books…and possibilities, of looking through low shelves at eye level, of having a librarian figure out just the book I’d love to read come to mind. I am so pleased to get to participate there as an author.

My Amazing Day Wins 2015 BAIPA Children’s Book Award

I am thoroughly delighted to announce that My Amazing Day was presented with the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) Book Award for Fiction: Children’s Picture Book on December 12, 2015.

BAIPA President, Becky Parker Geist presents Karin Fisher-Golton with the BAIPA Book Award: Children's Picture Book Category. (Photo by Judy Baker, Brandvines)

BAIPA President, Becky Parker Geist presents Karin Fisher-Golton with the BAIPA Book Award—Fiction: Children’s Picture Book Category. (photo by Judy Baker, detail)

BAIPA is a highly regarded organization devoted to elevating the art of publishing. Its membership draws from the wider San Francisco Bay Area and ranges from novices to well-established professionals. Karin has found her membership in this organization both highly beneficial and enjoyable.

The BAIPA awards had not been given since 2013, so My Amazing Day was considered among a group of children’s books published between mid-2013 and mid-2015. A panel of judges evaluated the books for writing style, editorial standards, cover design, interior design, and marketability. A complete list of 2015 BAIPA Book Award winners is here.


My Amazing Day in Two Giveaways

As may go without saying, I am definitely a “gratitude every day” type person, but as the days darken, the nights and mornings get chilly, and the Thanksgiving and December holidays approach, I find this time of year feels like a season of gratitude. In the honor of the season and the two-year anniversary of the book’s release, I am giving away two signed copies of My Amazing Day at Goodreads. The giveaway starts today and ends November 30.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

My Amazing Day by Karin Fisher-Golton

My Amazing Day

by Karin Fisher-Golton

Giveaway ends November 30, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway


bookcover_RoutledgeIn addition, I am pleased that My Amazing Day is among many compelling books with multiracial connections that will be given away at a Facebook event celebrating the release of Sharon Chang’s well-researched book, Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children in a Post-Racial World. The virtual release party is taking place December 11, here:

In April 2014, Sharon Chang posted an in-depth review of My Amazing Day which includes a very thoughtful discussion of the role of race and identity in children’s books. In addition, I loved how she noticed and appreciated so many of the details of our intentions in creating the book. All that, plus the post ends with an adorable photo of her son, at age four, reading the book to their dog! That review (which I love to revisit on occasion) is here:

Everyone is invited to enter our Goodreads giveaway and attend the Raising Mixed Race release party. Enjoy all the coziness and gratitude of this time of year!

Wider Distribution Through New Leaf

I am very pleased to announce that My Amazing Day is now available to wholesale customers via the New Leaf Distributing Company. This is a great step for further getting My Amazing Day out into the world. The book does well in bookstores and gift shops, but many store owners do not purchase directly from a publisher because they want to minimize their transactions. Now they can purchase My Amazing Day along with other mind/body/spirit-themed books and products, New Leaf’s specialty.

Here is the list of Amazing Stores where My Amazing Day is available right now. Every store that has carried My Amazing Day has been a place with a thoughtful owner or buyer who loves what they do. I have enjoyed and learned from this time of working with them directly. I am grateful for where My Amazing Day‘s path to stores has been, and excited about where it is going.

Note that the arrangement with New Leaf is non-exclusive, and wholesale customers can still purchase My Amazing Day directly from the publisher. (Use this contact form to get terms.)

Gratitude Season Events 2014

A big part of the magic of this time of year, with Thanksgiving and the December holidays, is wonder and gratitude. Last year I was too busy getting started for author events, but thought I’d love to do them at this time of year in the future. I’m glad to say they are happening this year.

If you are in or near Oakland, El Cerrito, or San Rafael, California, please check out our new Events page, and spread the word to friends, especially those with small children. All the events are in wonderful stores. On Saturday, November 8, I’ll be in Oakland at Kelly’s Corner–a new and consignment store for ages 0-8, with a gift annex featuring locally-made crafts. On Saturday, November 15, I’ll be at the excellent indie bookstore, Laurel Book Store, in its brand new downtown Oakland location. On Sunday, November 23 I’ll be at JennyK, a place where I consistently find perfect gifts for adults and kids in my old neighborhood in El Cerrito. And on Saturday, December 13 Elizabeth and I will be at another excellent indie bookstore, Copperfield’s, in San Rafael.

More info on our Events page: