Author Merneeta Romero continues to inspire young readers with her wholesome debut novel, Daisy’s Presentation Day. With themes of both self-love and having the courage to live fully in the face of discrimination, this standout children’s book is an uplifting story of how compassion can prevail above all else.
Book cover of Daisy’s Presentation Day
Daisy’s Presentation Day follows the life of its titular character, an eight-year-old African girl adopted by a white gay couple residing in southern California. Daisy is excited to give a presentation at school, but one of her fellow students ruins it by taunting her for having two fathers. As Daisy navigates the complexity of her family’s dynamic with the support of her guidance counselor, she learns that love transcends race, color, gender, and even the cruelty of the school bully.
Although Daisy’s Presentation Day is intended for children ages 6 to 10, readers of any age will enjoy watching Daisy realize her own power and stand up against injustice. From classrooms to multi-sibling households, this versatile book is an interactive way to start a discussion about diversity and acceptance.
Daisy’s Presentation Day released to glowing reviews that praise Romero’s engaging writing style and the inclusive messages in the story. Describing Daisy’s Presentation Day as “wonderful for all ages,” readers also note that Daisy’s journey reminds children not to “misplace anger and judgment” by being prejudiced against others who don’t share the same backgrounds.
In a time of social division and cynicism, Daisy’s Presentation Day challenges stereotypes and the heteronormative pressures that cause many LGBTQIA+ families to feel ostracized in their own communities. As a mother, Romero hopes that her work will help young children develop empathy and understanding for different cultures, lifestyles, and family structures.
Merneeta Romero was born in St. Ann, Jamaica, but now resides in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. She is a proud wife and mother of four beautiful children, Christian, Destiny, Kevin, and Savanna. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys painting, volunteering, and traveling. Romero hopes to one day open an orphanage for kids and a women’s shelter for young immigrant women in abusive relationships. She believes that writing inclusive books is part of showing the compassion and love that reflects her faith in God. Visit her on Instagram at @merneetaromeroauthor.