• Tue. Jul 23rd, 2024

Diversity for the Lil Ones: Lil Libros + Diversity in Kidlit #ReadYourWorld


I’m so excited to bring you a diverse book for the littles! In honor of Multicultural Children’s Day, Lil Libros has sent me two ADORBS books to review!  The two books I’d like to share with you are

Counting with – contando con Frida

counting with frida

Lucha Libre Anatomy-Anatomia

Lucha Libre Anatamy - Anatomia by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein

These little books for little hands are perfect for little ones to read alone or with a grown up. In Counting with Frida, little ones will learn to count to ten with common objects they see every day. The extra great bit about this book is that the illustrations contain images that Spanish speaking little ones might recognize: faces that look like themselves or clothing that might resemble something they have seen.  A very tiny Frida even makes an appearance in the book!

Lucha Libre helps little ones identify their body parts by way of freestyle wrestling.  The little lucha libre masks are so adorable and will inspire even the grumpiest reader to smile. I lived in Texas for 10 years and reading these books brought back all my forgotten Spanish just like, uno, dos, tres!

There are so many fun ways to incorporate these books into learning activities with your little ones. You could:

  • Read the book in Spanish and have the child call out the English word
  • Read the book in English and have the child call out the Spanish word
  • Helping older children identify body parts by drawing them on a face, like this (click link)
  • Count the objects you see in Spanish
  • Count the number of steps you take in Spanish
  • Watch a Spanish kids video to further reinforce the fun of Spanish.  Here’s one that I like.  It’s called El Poliito Pio

El Pollito Pio has everything little kids love in a song: catchy tune, repetitive vocabulary, farms, adorable animals, and a funny ending!  So many ways to learn and share Spanish with your little learners. Many thanks to the folks at Lil Libros and Multicultural Book Day for sharing these titles with me.

Did you know that Multicultural Book Day is January 27th?



The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia and Valarie here.

Our Mission: The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.

NOTE: The full name of this event is Multicultural Children’s Book Day and our official hashtag is #ReadYourWorld.

Sponsors of this great event are:

Multicultural Children’s Book day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors! #ReadYourWorld

Platinum: Wisdom Tales Press * StoryQuest Books*Lil Libros

Gold: Author Tori Nighthawk*Candlewick Press,* Bharat Babies

Silver: Lee and Low Books*Chronicle Books*Capstone Young Readers T

Tuttle Publishing ,NY Media Works, LLC/KidLit TV

Bronze: Pomelo Books* Author Jacqueline Woodson*Papa Lemon Books* Goosebottom Books*Author Gleeson Rebello*ShoutMouse Press*Author Mahvash Shahegh* China Institute.org*Live Oak Media

Have you heard of the  Classroom Reading Challenge ?

This very special offering from MCCBD offers teachers and classrooms the chance to (very easily) earn a free hardcover multicultural children’s book for their classroom library. These books are not only donated by the Junior Library Guild, but they are pre-screened and approved by them as well.

What we could really use some help with is spreading the word to your teacher/librarian/classroom connections so we can get them involved in this program. There is no cost to teachers and classrooms and we’ve made the whole process as simple as possible. You can help by tweeting the below info:

Teachers! Earn a FREE #Multicultural Kids Book for Your Classroom! #teachers, #books #teacherlife

The Classroom Reading Challenge has begun! Teachers can earn a free diversity book! #teachers, #books

The MCCBD 2016 Classroom Reading Challenge Has Begun!

-MCCBD now has its own Paper.li! A Paper.li is a free online newspaper that aggregates information on the topic of multicultural books for kids from all over the Internet. Please feel free subscribe and stay up-to-date with this topic.

-Our Diversity Book Lists and Resources for Educators and Parents are now available. Spread the word! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/multicultural-reading-resources/diversity-book-lists-for-kids/

-Connect with us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MulticulturalChildrensBookDay

-Connect with us on Twitter https://twitter.com/MCChildsBookDay