Multiracial Character in New Picture Book

Melissa Martin’s debut picture book was launched September 1, 2017 by Free Spirit Publishing and features a multiracial family. Through bright and talkative Tessie, Martin delivers practical ways for children to open their ears and wrangle their mouths in Tessie Tames Her Tongue.
Martin’s goal was to make sure talkative children had a picture book that highlights their strengths and teaches communication skills of listening and talking. Tessie, her parents, teacher, and school counselor use a team approach to help her manage her mouth. To learn more about Tessie go to Contact Martin at

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