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When a friend messaged me about reviewing multicultural books for a great diversity program, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. When it comes to adding books to our library, I’ve become selective over the past few years because 1. I have no room for a lot of books. And 2. My kids only enjoy reading a select few over and over again. When, we want to read a new book, we head to our local library to check them out. And if I find that the kids really enjoy it and keep reaching for it, I’ll invest in it then. The majority of the books I’ve been keeping have been bilingual ones- mostly having to do with our own culture, the Hmong. There is a wealth of resource out there now compared to 10 years ago and I am so excited to see this new wave of multicultural books available for people everywhere. So, I was happy to see that I was paired with this author to review her book, Brandon Makes Jiao Zi. It’s great to see more and more children’s books bridging different cultures and languages. And with the huge success of books turned into movies like, Crazy Rich Asians, I’m hopeful that this momentum will keep going.
Eugenia was kind enough to send me a hardback copy of this book for review. As I read through the book first, I was surprised to see both English and Mandarin Chinese woven throughout the book with a glossary of Chinese vocabulary and spelling. This makes it helpful for the reader to familiarize the pronunciation of the words so they can read it correctly for the children. The way it is written would be the way a real conversation would sound like. As I’m reading this to my kids, their eyes light up with familiarity of how they converse with their grandparents. The story is endearing and places an impact on family relations and traditions. The illustrations are simple, but fun and engaging to kids. It is similar to something my son would draw in his writers workshop to tell his stories. Overall, it is a great multicultural book for parents and teachers who are looking to introduce their children to various cultures and languages. If you’re interested, please visit Eugenia Chu’s website to listen to an audio of this story and to order a copy for you or someone dear to you. She also explains on the website that this book was brought about when she was searching for children’s storybooks that touched upon Chinese culture for her son, Brandon. Which is something I’m all too familiar with. Eugenia Chu is inspiring parents such as myself to write stories for my kids as well.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th 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 homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board!
Medallion Level Sponsors
Super Platinum: Make A Way Media
BRONZE: Charlesbridge Publishing, Judy Dodge Cummings, Author Gwen Jackson, Kitaab World, Language Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ Languages, Lee & Low Books, Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, Redfin, Author Gayle H. Swift, T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s Daughter, TimTimTom Books, Lin Thomas, Sleeping Bear Press/Dow Phumiruk, Vivian Kirkfield,
MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board
Author Janet Balletta, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Josh Funk, Chitra Soundar, One Globe Kids – Friendship Stories, Sociosights Press and Almost a Minyan, Karen Leggett, Author Eugenia Chu, CultureGroove Books, Phelicia Lang and Me On The Page, L.L. Walters, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Hayley Barrett, Sonia Panigrah, Author Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing Dreidels, Author Susan Bernardo, Milind Makwana andA Day in the Life of a Hindu Kid, Tara Williams, Veronica Appleton, Author Crystal Bowe, Dr. Claudia May, Author/Illustrator Aram Kim, Author Sandra L. Richards, Erin Dealey, Author Sanya Whittaker Gragg, Author Elsa Takaoka, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo, Anita Badhwar, Author Sylvia Liu, Feyi Fay Adventures, Author Ann Morris, Author Jacqueline Jules, CeCe & Roxy Books, Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, LEUYEN PHAM, Padma Venkatraman, Patricia Newman and Lightswitch Learning, Shoumi Sen, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci Sorell, Shereen Rahming, Blythe Stanfel, Christina Matula, Julie Rubini, Paula Chase, Erin Twamley, Afsaneh Moradian, Lori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls Revolution, Soulful Sydney, Queen Girls Publications, LLC
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.
Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts
A Crafty Arab, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Biracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Descendant of Poseidon Reads, Educators Spin on it, Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin Lee, Jump Into a Book, Imagination Soup,Jenny Ward’s Class, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Raising Race Conscious Children, Shoumi Sen, Spanish Playground
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual @McChildsBookDay Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party ( a prize every 5 minutes!). GO HERE for more details.
FREE RESOURCES From MCBD
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/
Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.