Welcome to our book page!

Meet Stacey B. Shapiro, the author!

A little about me and why we wrote this book

I'm so happy you have discovered our book. A little about me, since 1999, I have been a mental health therapist and a transformative life coach, who wrote this book with my son based on his true story. For more about me click here. My son helped me retell the story. Our hope is parents, educators and teachers will read our book to help educate others on racism and discrimination at an early age. This may help them make better decisions with their words and actions toward others. We hope you enjoy it too!

What happens in the book

Jay's Horrible Day is a children's book about a six-year-old boy who experiences racism and discrimination at his day camp.   In the book, Jay shares his feelings after being rejected because of his skin color.  Coping skills and caring adults guide Jay as he finds ways to deal with what happened.

Who is this book for

This book is designed to help parents, therapists, and teachers explain racism and discrimination to young children. It can be used as a tool to prepare children for similar experiences.  In addition, this book helps all children understand that racism exists, even if they do not experience it themselves. Jay's story encourages empathy so children will learn how hurtful discrimination can be. Hopefully, they will begin to think before acting.

What children will learn from this book

• How it feels to be on the receiving end of discrimination

• Ways to deal with emotions they may feel if they witness or experience racism

• A technique to help them shield themselves from hurtful words from others

• The definitions of racism and discrimination which are at the back of the book

We became a #1 best seller on Amazon for the Prejudice and Racism category on

Nov. 1, 2022. Thank you!

A video describing Jay's Horrible Day, click below:

We invite you to write a review also by going back to your order page, click on the book, click the review button, write the review and click send. Reviews allow us to reach more parents, teachers and children. It is super important in the book world! Thank you in advance!

Video of some of the reviews on the book, click below:

A video of drawings depicting the impact Jay's Horrible Day is having on children from a 2nd grade class, click below!