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Why I’ve Failed at Reviewing Diverse Books #WeNeedDiverseBooks

I realize I have failed as a diverse books reviewer. To be sure, I had the best intentions, but then things got away from me. Sure I talk about diversity and how kids want to read about characters who look like them. I talk about it but not enough.  Recently, while attending KidLitCon in Sacramento the theme of the conference was Diversity. Right up my alley!

But I realized I am not doing enough.

I realized I can do more.

From now on I will do better.

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From now on I will diligently seek out books with diverse characters.  I’ve been lax about identifying diverse characters but now I’m on fire! If you want me to review a book, your MAIN character needs to be diverse in some way shape or form. According to the genius of Mitali Perkins, books with diverse characters need to pass a certain waterline to be truly diverse.  Read this post to understand.

Not only do kids want to read books about characters who look like themselves, they need to learn about other cultures. Here’s an example: a friend’s child recently started school and the other children wanted to touch that child’s hair.  They were curious; they’d never seen hair like that before. They meant no harm, they just wanted to learn about the child’s hair. The problem is two fold:

  • A child’s body is her own and no one else has the right to touch it without permission
  • The other children had never been exposed to other race or ethnicity so they were intrigued about this new experience

None of this is the child’s fault. Kids will be kids. The parents, however, are at fault for not exposing the child to different race and ethnic experiences. My pumpkin went through a similar experience when she was little. It’s not fun to be identified because you’re different.  My point is these situations can be eliminated by exposing your children to different races, ethnicities, and abilities early in their lives; through books. There are many good multiculturally diverse books around.

Find them and share them with your kids.

I promise I’ll help.

 

 

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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/

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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.

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Check back here for more updates to this great event!