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.

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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!

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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


Which Thelma Bee character are you? The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee by Erin Petti

Which Thelma Bee character are you?

The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee by Erin Petti

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So…I thought The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee was going to be like a Lemony Snicket type book. Oh and with some science. And who doesn’t love science? But you know what? It didn’t seem like that at all to me! This fun middle grade novel felt like a touch of Dickens (Bleak House) or even that other one with the weird lady in the wedding dress? Coupled with Bill Nye Science Guy. Maybe with just a touch of Mr. Hooper from Sesame Street.

There’s so much to love about this book it’s difficult to know where to begin. My fave character, however, is Eugene. He would be the Mr Hooper character. I love Eugene’s sense of adventure and the fact that he makes super great hot chocolate.  I kinda dig his helmet too.  His ghost hunting helmet. Don’t know what that is? Read the book to find out!

Props to author Erin Petti for including some diversity in the book.  Her BFF Alexander is Native American, Eugene is Hispanic and peppers his conversation with Spanish words. He’s fun! Much more fun than mean old Mr Understone or as I call him Undersnoot; cause he’s always sneering at our heroine.

Check out the author, Erin Petti or check the book  out here.  It’s a great addition to your middle grade reader’s library.

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!

Non Fiction

Learn Spanish the Gringa Way by Erin Ashley Sieber

Learn Spanish the Gringa Way by Erin Ashley Sieber
About The Book:
Learn Spanish the Gringa Way by Erin Ashley Sieber

Learning Spanish The Gringa Way
By: Erin Ashley Sieber
Published: September 24, 2014
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 232

Step into a new world of learning, in which the journey itself is actually fun and exciting! The Gringa has taken a somewhat “nontraditional” approach toward teaching the Spanish language to English speakers. In doing so, she pioneered a system, The Gringa Way, which allows learners to translate their English thoughts into Spanish thoughts and sentences.
This total “new approach” not only makes the language much easier to learn and understand but it transforms what many thought was “impossible” and makes it completely achievable. Many people have been totally overwhelmed by the “strict rules” and vast grammatical differences they discovered when trying the “old” and “traditional” methods of learning usable Spanish – so they quit – saying it is simply way too hard and frustrating.

 With The Gringa Way method and the help of this book, you will be speaking Spanish easier than you ever thought possible.

Book Links:

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About The Author:
“I fell in love with the Spanish language, as well as the Spanish people, at a young, impressionable age. When I was fourteen I received a trip to Cancun, Mexico as a gift for Christmas! It was this trip that changed the rest of my career course, and really my outlook on life and other cultures.

What happened you ask? When I arrived to Cancun, Mexico, I was excited and eager to explore this new and beautiful land. It was my first time out of the States, and I was ready to mingle! Along my journey in Cancun, I encountered some people from South America who were traveling. I was all too eager to hear and learn about their background and country of Argentina – but there was one big problem I encountered with this: I did not speak Spanish (at the time) and they did not speak English. Besides knowing how to say “hola,” I had yet to have learned any Spanish. My best friend, (who was with me on the trip) did have a year of Spanish, but she was not yet fluent in any sense of the term. What is the point of this story you might ask? It was in that very moment of pure frustration and disappointment from not being able to communicate – I told myself: I would not let this happen again.
When I got back to the states, not only did I pick Spanish as my (language of choice) for all of my high schooling, but decided to go on to also make the Spanish language my major in College, and then go on to pursue a career using Spanish. My love for the language opened up many doors:

In High School, the National Spanish Honor Society inducted me into their honor roll. I then earned my first degree in the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Business from Florida Atlantic University. While attending the university, I jumped at the chance to live and study in Salamanca, Spain and El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, as well as attend the private language school, Estudio Sampere for six months, where I received some of my most intense instruction in the Spanish language. I then went on to obtain my Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business at Nova Southeastern University.

Since then, I have traveled the world and been to more than 8 Spanish speaking countries, have worked for the major newspaper El Nuevo Herald as their Business Development Manager , am a member of the American Translation Association as well as a qualified Court Interpreter in my home state of Maryland. I have also had the privilege to teach English to Spanish speaking members of a Major League baseball team.”
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2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Children

FEATURE FRIDAY: OMG I Did it…Again? by Talia Aikens-Nunez

Last year or so I reviewed a book by Nunez about a girl who inadvertently discovers she’s a witch and turns her annoying little brother into a puppy or something. I always thought that it was a good thing my pumpkin wasn’t first because she would for sure turn her brother into a toad or a newt or something creepy and disgusting! Nunez’ follow up to OMG Am I a Witch? is OMG I Did It..Again?

OMG . . . I Did It Again by Talia Aikens-Nunez

So, April’s witchcraft is at it again and this time she brings elephants into the neighborhood! Naturally, hilarity ensues as she and her squad try to figure out how to get the elephants to go back home.

What’s especially interesting about Nunez is that her very first book is a bilingual picture book called Escucha means Listen. How many times have you wished you had words in Spanish for every day words? How great is it to speak a second (or third) language? How awesome would it be if your child could speak to others in their language?

Escucha Means Listen by Talia Aikens-Nunez

In Escucha Means Listen Talia gets our littlest friends to stop chattering for a minute and listen to the sounds around them and then names these sounds in Spanish.

How adorable is that??

Bilingual books for the win! Two thumbs up for diversity with these books!


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Yuyi Morales

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month!

In honor of our Hispanic friends, I’d like to share two books with you from Yuyi Morales.  I love Yuyi’s books because they are for my littlest of little friends and she shares her stories in Spanish and English, which I LOVE!

Nino Wrestles the World


In Nino Wrestles the World,

No opponent is too big a challenge for the cunning skills of Niño—popsicle eater, toy lover, somersault expert, and world champion lucha libre competitor!

This book is adorable and I love that the little guy is in his underpants on the cover.  This title is great for story times and if you go to her website, you’ll find activities to do with the kiddies. As you can see from the photo above, someone left a lucha mask at the bookstore and I decided that my title should be Pamo!

Another book of Morales’ that I discovered is Viva Frida.



We are big Frida Kahlo fans at our house so we were thrilled to find this delightful bilingual book.  Excuse my rusty Spanish as I share the story with you in this video. I hope you enjoy.

Isn’t that book adorable? I love the creative use of dolls and live action figures and other items to create the multidimensional picture.  Do you have a fave author for hispanic heritage month? There are so many!


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?