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Miss Rita, Mystery Reader
by Sam Donovan and Kristen Wixted, illustrated by Violet Tobacco

This sweet and reassuring picture book tells the story of a young child, Tori, who’s worried how their class will react to their dad, the designated “Mystery Reader.” Wise, empathetic Dad lets the child come up with a solution: the two will do the reading presentation together, to great acclaim and a happy ending. There’s one twist: Dad is a drag queen.

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