Multicultural Children’s Book Day: La Madre Goose #readyourworld

It’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Today’s great book is:


  • TITLE: “La Madre Goose”
  • PUBLISHER: Putnam/Penguin
  • RELEASE DATE: July 19, 2016
  • AUTHOR: Susan Middleton Elya
  • ILLUSTRATOR: Juana Martinez-Neal
  • AGE LEVEL: 3-8, 32 pages
  • ISBN: 978-0-399-25157-3
Instagram: @juanamartinezn
 Isn’t the cover illustration adorbs? I LOVE THIS BOOK!
The reason I love this book is because the book is written in Spanish AND English! That’s right, it’s a bilingual book, yay!!! I love love love the opportunity to learn another language; kids are so quick to absorb languages through immersion and this book is perfect for young and (ahem) not so young learners.
The book opens with “Maria Had a Little Oveja”, which is “Mary had a little lamb” but if you didn’t know Spanish you could totally look at the illustrations and word in English for context clues. There’s a giant sheep in the illustration as well as the familiar rhymes in English.
The cuteness factor ratchets up with “Three Little Gatitos” (kittens) who lost their mitoncitos, ya know?  Then there are adaptations of rhymes you might be familiar with: like “Little Miss Amarilla” who sat in her silla eating her beans and arroz (beans and rice) who in the end screamed in a very loud voz.  Naturally there’s young Juan Ramon who sat en el rincon eating his green guacamole. Like one does, right?
Little Spanish speakers will love seeing their people and experiences mirrored for them in the playful illustrations and rhymes that everyone will enjoy. There’s even a glossary with pronunciations!
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.  

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild

PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs

GOLD:Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies

SILVER:Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press


2018 Author Sponsors

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo,  Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles,  Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen,  Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim

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.

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.

Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers:

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators:

Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

Code Switching and The Hate U Give: A Discussion

Do you know what code switching is? The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas provides a realistic depiction of it in the African American community.  I was intrigued by it and thought I’d have a go at sharing my thoughts out about them both.

As a person of color have you engaged in code switching? Tell me how in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.


Children Diversity Reading Challenge

Add Lil Libros to your Lil Library

Add Lil Libros to your Lil Library


I love Lil Libros so much! I add them to my library whenever I can. There’s no better way to teach a small child than combining their heritage with basic shapes, colors, numbers, etc.

Cuauhtemoc: Shapes-Formas

Cuauhtemoc - Shapes - Formas

A sneaky way to get some knowledge inside the kiddies about the Aztecs.


Un Elefante: Numbers -Numeros NumerosNumeros

Un Elefante

¿Cute little elefantes in  pajaritas y faldas?  ¿Qué no se podría amar? 

Bilingual and Spanish language books for los ninos.

Also counts toward the Diversity Reading Challenge!

$6, $8, $10 Event at Crazy8

Books Diversity Reading Challenge resources

Hola Let’s Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay

“The whole world does not speak English”

Think about that statement for a second. What do you mean the whole world doesn’t speak English? Well, if you’re a kid, you might not have ever thought about that. And if you’re not a kid, maybe you didn’t realize it either. Regardless of your age my new friend Judy wants to help you learn Spanish.

And I think learning Spanish is a great idea. I learned French growing up and while it was fun to practice the language in France, I rarely use it. I lived in Texas for 10 years and would realized how much better off I would have been if I’d learned Spanish instead. So, here I am, a grown up, trying to learn Spanish.

Fortunately, my friend Judy has this great book called Hola! Let’s Learn Spanish.

Hola! Let's Learn Spanish by Judy Martialay

I love this way of learning because along with a book there’s a website to help you practice your Spanish speaking. So, if you’re a visual learner or an listening learner, you’re sure to learn from this book. The lessons are given in story form: Pete the Pilot takes you on a journey to Mexico and teaches you the things you’ll need to know in order to function on your trip. On the website: you will hear Maria, a native Spanish (Mexican, not Spain) speaker, pronounce the words for you.

It’s a super easy way to learn Spanish! I love the book because the story contains friendly, child like illustrations, and easy sentences with words we will actually use if we were in Mexico. During the book, we attend a party with a pinata filled with los caramelos and meet a new friend, Panchito, the jumping bean. So much cute! The back of the book is like a glossary with conversational skill practices to help you use the words you heard in the story.

I had a jumping bean when I was a kid so meeting Panchito in the story was a cute little bit of nostalgia. The back of the book also contains vocabulary words, geography, and other resources to extend your learning.

It’s muy bien!


Tu Eres Mi Te Quiero: You Are My I Love You

Hola! That’s Spanish for Hello! But if you speak Spanish you already knew that, right? I want to share a lovely book with you that is now BILINGUAL!

Tu Eeres Mi Te Quiero


Isn’t the cover delightful? The original title is You are my I Love You, a delightful tale of a Bear telling his baby how they complement each other: “I am your calm face; you are my giggle. I am your wait; you are my wiggle. ”

Isn’t that adorable? Now that it’s bilingual, parents and children can read it together; an especially fun activity for those learning a second language. “Yo soy tu calma; tu eres mi risa. Yo soy tu espero; tu eres mi meneo. ”

As the kiddies are graduating from preschool through college, now is the perfect time to reflect on those sweet moments of childhood.

What bilingual books do you like to share with your little ones?



5 Books to help you celebrate el Dia de los Muertos


I loved living in Texas because of all of the fiestas.  And the food. But that’s another story.  But while living in Texas I learned to celebrate el Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.  Day of the dead celebrates your loved ones who have died and if you think about it, it’s kind of nice remembering loved ones.  el Dia celebrations include decorative festive skulls (sugar skulls), brightly colored flowers, music, and food.

Think it sounds like fun?

You betcha!

Here are five books to introduce or help your family celebrate Dia de los Muertos:

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courtesy The Latin Baby Book Club

Day of the Dead paper dolls.


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courtesy The Latin Baby Book Club

Day of the Dead by Tony Johnston, a picture book incorporating Spanish and English words.

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courtesy The Latin Baby Book Club

I Remember Abuelito by Janice Levy, a bilingual picture book in which a little girl fondly remembers her grandfather, abuelito.

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courtesy The Latin Baby Book Club

Just a Minute by Yuyi Morales, is a trickster tale that helps children learn to count in English and Spanish.


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courtesy Mommy Maestra

Rosita y Conchita by Eric Gonzalez & Erich Haeger a fact based picture books describing how to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.


And because everyone loves a fun app there’s…

Oy, Mexico, a Dia de los Muertos app!

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courtesy Mommy Maestra

So now you have everything you need to celebrate your loved ones

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now pass the pan de muerte!