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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
 
 YOU CAN GET MORE INFORMATION HERE: 
Site: juanamartinezneal.com
Instagram: @juanamartinezn
Twitter:@juanamartinez
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/juanamartinezneal.illustrator/
 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 MysticPrincesses.com, 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! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/

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2017 #Diversity Reading Challenge – January; How Did You Do?

2017 Diversity Reading Challenge
January Results

So, it’s the last day in January. Let’s check in to see how we did with reading #DIVERSITY

Calling the Water Drum by LaTisha Redding is my official diverse read for the month.

I’ve read a couple more books but as I’m judging for Cybils I have to keep those secret. I’ll update my list in February.

How did YOU Do?

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Calling the Water Drum by LaTisha Redding, illustrated by Aaron Boyd. #ReadYourWorld

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

It’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day! It’s the day we get to celebrate all things diverse and multicultural for kids. It’s one of my favorite days of the year because we get to learn about all the great books out there that you might not normally hear about. Books for kids of all kinds? WIN.

I’m thrilled today to bring you another great book from Lee & Low publishers. The book is

Calling the Water Drum by LaTisha Redding, illustrated by Aaron Boyd

Calling the Water Drum by LaTisha Redding

There is so much to love about this book. First the author and illustrator are both people of color which is a big win in my book. But of course, that’s what makes L&L so fab. They specialize in diversity. Calling the Water Drum is a tender fictionalized account of the Haitian refugee crisis from the 80s and 90s but told through the viewpoint of a very young boy who plays the drum instead of speaking. Young Henri’s perished traveling from Haiti to freedom in America and all the boy has left of his parents is the bucket they used in the boat to bail water out. Henri uses the drum as a way to connect to his family and friends he left back in Haiti and to connect with his new friends in New York.

Because children generally respond well to music I thought it would be fun to learn to make a drum so kids can express themselves like Henri.

The easiest way to make a drum is to find an old bucket, make sure it’s clean and empty, and bam, instant drum.

If you want to get a little more creative, there are many ways to make a drum without spending a dime.

  • Find an old coffee can or oatmeal container.
  • You’ll need materials to cover the open end, like: a balloon, an old scrap of leather, or wax paper.
  • Cover the open end with your material, ie., wax paper. use string, duct tape, or very large rubber bands to hold the wax paper to the sides of the can.
  • You’re done!
  • If you want to get extra fancy you can decorate the sides of your drum however you like: markers, spray paint, stickers, etc. The sky’s limit with your imagination!

When you’re ready to play, you can use your hands like Henri or use pencils as drumsticks. There are lots of lessons on Youtube to teach you how to drum with your hands if you want to go that route. Try to imitate the sounds and the rhythms that Henri makes in the book.

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s 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.

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett AbourayaVeronica AppletonSusan Bernardo, Kathleen BurkinshawMaria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin Savannah HendricksStephen HodgesCarmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid ImaniGwen Jackson,  Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece MurphyMiranda PaulAnnette PimentelGreg RansomSandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

 

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

MCBD Links to remember:

MCBD site: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/

Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents: http://bit.ly/1sZ5s8i

Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use their official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

 

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day

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It’s Here!

 

Support our MCCBD Review  Bloggers!

60+ wonderful bloggers stepped forward and agreed to review multicultural children’s books for our special event. Please take a moment to visit these bloggers, read their reviews and say “thank you” for spotlight all of the amazing books, authors and publishers.

2GirlsLostInaBook · 365 Days of Motherhood · A Bilingual Baby · A Simple Life, Really? · Africa to America · After School Smarty Pants · All Done Monkey · Andi’s Kids Books · Anita Brown Bag  · Austin Gilkeson · Barbara Ann Mojica ·  Books My Kids Read · Bottom Shelf Books · Cats Eat Dogs · Chasing The Donkey · Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac · Children’s Books Heal · Church o Books · CitizenBeta · Crafty Moms Share · Discovering The World Through My Son’s Eyes · Early Words · Flowering Minds · Franticmommy · Gathering Books · GEO Librarian · Gladys Barbieri · Going in Circles · Growing Book by Book · iGame Mom · I’m Not The Nanny · InCulture Parent · Itsy Bitsy Mom · Kid Lit ReviewsKid World Citizen · Kristi’s Book Nook · Mama Lady Books · Mama Smiles · Mission Read · Mother Daughter Book Reviews · Mrs AOk · MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter · Ms. Yingling Reads · Multicultural Kids Blog · One Sweet World · Open Wide The World · P is for Preschooler · Rapenzel Dreams · School4Boys · Sharon the Librarian · Spanish Playground · Sprout’s Bookshelf · Squishable Baby · Stanley and Katrina · Teach Mama · The Art of Home Education · The Brain Lair · The Educators’ Spin On It · The Family-Ship Experience · The Yellow Door Paperie · This Kid Reviews Books  · Trishap’s Books · Unconventional Librarian · Vicki Arnold · We3Three · World for Learning · Wrapped in Foil 
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Multicultural Children’s Book Day Book Review

It’s with great honor that I celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day January 27th!

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You know that I’m about bringing books to kids that feature a character who looks like them.  Isn’t it great that there are others who believe this too?  That’s why I’m thrilled to be partner with PragmaticMom.com and JumpIntoABook.com for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!  The full name of this event is Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Literature and we’d like the name and the tagline used together whenever possible. The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press.

Mission: Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

Isn’t that great?  I’ve partnered with Sleeping Bear Press to share two absolutely FABULOUS books with you.  Check out my video review:


Don’t those books sound adorbs?

What a great day January 27th will be, because there will be a linky at PragmaticMom.com and Jumpintoabook.com so that you can follow all of the fabulous book reviews!   It wouldn’t be possible without the following fabulous sponsors:

http://www.wisdomtalespress.com/index.shtml

http://www.leeandlow.com/

http://www.chroniclebooks.com/

http://www.jumpintoabook.com/

http://www.jumpintoabook.com/multicultural-childrens-book-day/

http://www.pragmaticmom.com/

Susan Daniel Fayad: Facebook and Twitter

There’s also a Pinterest board so  you won’t miss a single thing.  While you’re there, click the pics and visit the other blogs to see the great books they’re reviewing.

Multicultural children's Book Day

 

Check back here for more updates to this great event!

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day is Coming!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is Coming!

January 27th 2014

 

Check out the generous people who’ve sponsored Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

http://www.wisdomtalespress.com/index.shtml

http://www.leeandlow.com/

http://www.chroniclebooks.com/

http://www.jumpintoabook.com/

http://www.jumpintoabook.com/multicultural-childrens-book-day/

http://www.pragmaticmom.com/

Susan Fayad: Author of  My Grandfather’s Masbaha.