This is the book I was gifted to review for the event






The Pearl Star of Love, by Mrs. Sotiria Kirmanidou, a masterpiece, poetic text by a distinguished Greek writer, which highlights the boundlessness of love, its authentic existence, but also the different, parallel worlds we often see not only occasionally, unfulfilled love but also within ourselves, when our wants conflict with our needs, when the social environment protects us and we follow, ignoring our souls. A poetic drama, but given such a rigorous mastery, emphasizing that the true love that is tested by the difference between the light and dark world is far beyond touch, kiss, beyond our need! Love truly has glory and splendor, is self-sacrificing, and reaches its highest point through the love and happiness of others!

The book raises issues such as diversity, the meaning of love, truth, personal happiness and social adjustment, acceptance, forgiveness, self-knowledge and more generally the meaning of life itself!

A hymn text on love and life itself. A book that is addressed to everyone, young and old, a personal soulmate of the author and of each of us! A reading is a look in the mirror of our souls, a small but meaningful account! A further revision and renewal of love vows!

It opens up masterful topics of discussion with each reading audience, of philosophical context, since philosophy is the ultimate science as it touches on questions of life!

Ideal for high school and high school kids, great for elementary school kids, given in the right way. Love without borders!

 Sotiria Kirmanidou studied Social Work in Athens and later obtained a degree He was appointed to Sidirokastro as a Social Worker in 1980 where he served until 1989. Since then he has worked in the large family of Special Education (Special Primary School of Serres, TEE of Special Education of Serres) until June 2010 where he retired.

She works in the field of volunteering as a radio producer with two weekly broadcasts on KIVOTOS RADIO of the Holy Metropolis of Serres and Niger. and for two years now at the local ERT Serres.

He has published 6 poetry collections, several fairy tales and educational books


• B) 2004 poetry prize from the Union of Authors of Serres

• C) 2008 poetry award from the Panhellenic Union of Writers

• Honorable Mention in 2008 by the Association of Northern Greek Writers

• B) 2009 short story award from the Panhellenic Union of Writers

• Distinctions:

• Second Poetry Prize from the Writers Association of Serres, 2004.

• Third Poetry Prize from the Panhellenic Union of Writers in 2008, with the poem

• "Love".

• Short Story Award in 2008 by the Union of Northern Greek Writers.

• Second short story award from PEL in 2009.

• Praise from PEL, Delphi 2011.

• Short story praise at the 1st Panhellenic bonsaistories literary competition.

• Praise for writing fairy tales by Municipality of Trikkaia, Municipality of Drama, Radio

• Thessaloniki.

• 2nd prize at the 6th Amficton Hellenic Wor

• SOFOCLIS Honorary Prize at the 7th World Poetry Competition

• The Hellenic Amphitheater 2018.

• WELCOME Award, from the Hellenic Amphitheater 0 October 2018

• Honorable Mention for participating in the 1st Panhellenic Poetry Competition "KEFALOS" 2019-06-13.

• Honorary distinction from the "Linos" Association for participating in the Poetry Competition 2018.

• Awarding the fairy tale with the 3rd prize "The Journey of wonder" in a similar competition of "KEFALOS" in the category, fairy tale and 1st prize for its illustration.

• 1st fairytale prize at the 2019 Amfictyonian Hellenic Literature Contest.

 2nd Prize at the Amphictyonic Hellenic World Poetry Competition. 2019

Has published 6 poetry collections, several fairy tales and educational content books


 2020 (1/31/20) is in its 7th 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 books into the hands of young readers and educators.

Seven 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.MCBD 2020 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board

Super Platinum

Make A Way Media/ Deirdre "DeeDee" Cummings,


Language Lizard, Pack-N-Go Girls,

GoldAudrey Press, Lerner Publishing Group, KidLit TV, ABDO BOOKS : A Family of Educational Publishers, PragmaticMom & Sumo Jo, Candlewick Press,


Author Charlotte Riggle, Capstone Publishing, Guba Publishing, Melissa Munro Boyd & B is for Breathe,


Author Carole P. Roman, Snowflake Stories/Jill Barletti, Vivian Kirkfield & Making Their Voices Heard. Barnes Brothers Books, TimTimTom, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee & Low Books, Charlesbridge Publishing, Barefoot Books Talegari Tales

Author Sponsor Link Cloud

Jerry Craft, A.R. Bey and Adventures in Boogieland, Eugina Chu & Brandon goes to Beijing, Kenneth Braswell & Fathers Incorporated, Maritza M. Mejia & Luz del mes_Mejia, Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry Blossom, SISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard, Josh Funk and HOW TO CODE A ROLLERCOASTER, Maya/Neel Adventures with Culture Groove, Lauren Ranalli, The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! By Dr. Sharon Chappell, Phe Lang and Me On The Page, Afsaneh Moradian and Jamie is Jamie, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, TUMBLE CREEK PRESS, Nancy Tupper Ling, Author Gwen Jackson, Angeliki Pedersen & The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN'S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 by Mia Wenjen, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher (Founders of Inner Flower Child Books), Ann Morris & Do It Again!/¡Otra Vez!, Janet Balletta and Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Ocean, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo & Bruna Bailando por el Mundo\ Dancing Around the World, Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler Diaries, Sarah Jamila Stevenson, Tonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book Series, Teresa Robeson & The Queen of Physics, Nadishka Aloysius and Roo The Little Red TukTuk, Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore & Stories by the Girlfriends Book Club, Finding My Way Books, Diana Huang & Intrepids, Five Enchanted Mermaids, Elizabeth Godley and Ribbon's Traveling Castle, Anna Olswanger and Greenhorn, Danielle Wallace & My Big Brother Troy, Jocelyn Francisco and Little Yellow Jeepney, Mariana Llanos & Kutu, the Tiny Inca Princess/La Ñusta Diminuta, Sara Arnold & The Big Buna Bash, Roddie Simmons & Race 2 Rio, DuEwa Frazier & Alice's Musical Debut, Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series Green Kids Club, Inc.

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 works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty Arab, Afsaneh Moradian, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Bethany Edward & Biracial Bookworms, Michelle Goetzl & Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes, Educators Spin on it, Shauna Hibbitts-creator of eNannylink, Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joel Leonidas & Descendant of Poseidon Reads {Philippines}, Imagination Soup, Kid World Citizen, Kristi's Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Serge Smagarinsky {Australia}, Shoumi Sen, Jennifer Brunk & Spanish Playground, Katie Meadows and Youth Lit Reviews

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