Our family was fortunate to be gifted six books from two different authors / publishers to write a review for multicultural children’s book day 2019. And we all love books! So thank you very much Make a Way Media, Deirdre Cummings and Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo
Review –Make a Way Media Books
We got five wonderful books from Make a Way Media (publisher) and the books are written by Deirdre Cummings and illustrated by Erika Busse. When I opened the package it felt like receiving a surprise present. And when I briefly looked through the books it felt like receiving a well needed spriritual message I wanted to share with my children.
Love is…, a picture book.
My 6- year old son saw ‘Love is…‘ and couldn’t wait for me to read it to him. It filled his bucket. And he enjoyed our quality time together. We discussed the beautiful illustrations and talked about love. We love the positivity of the book and that it reminds us to shine our light and to not close off our hearts.
If a caterpillar can fly, why can’t I, an activity book.
I can’t say enough positive things about this book. I do feel it is more appropriate for teens and adults and not so much for younger children. My 10-year old and I like the book and the lessons in it a lot. We love the coloring opportunities and the growth mindset philosophy. It talks about self esteem, slowing down and the effects of screen time on creativity. Being bored is good!
Heart, a picture book.
The first thing we noticed were the trees on the cover page and how they form a heart. We all agreed that this book shares a powerful story. My 10-year old says: ‘It’s about being happy.’ My 5-year old says: ‘It’s like the game Wildcraft, that’s a cooperative game. You are happier when you work together!’ And I feel they got the message of this story. Don’t close off your heart. You might think you are protecting yourself, but you will hurt yourself more in the end. Love is the only thing that multiplies when it is shared.
Think of it like this, a picture book.
Wonderful story about perspective taking and as my 5-year old describes it, flexible thinking. It resonated a lot to our life and current situations. So the book is a nice conversation starter. It did make our 5-year old smad (sad/mad), because it was also very confronting to what he is experiencing. But, now we could talk about it and he feels heard. The book resonated more with our children under 10 and not so much with our tween. He felt the stories were not written for him. I think the stories might have triggered something in him as well regarding flexible thinking. Overall, I think this is a really nice book.
My trip to the beach, a picture book great for visualisation.
Great book for in our calming corner. The story was initially a bit long for my boys with their short attention span. They lost their attention halfway through and I was wondering if this story was meant to be read in one go or a couple of pages at a time. We all loved the illustrations. My 10 year old son said he felt a lot of happiness in the book. And said that he would describe it as a positive and uplifting story. My 5 year old liked that the sun made the girl in the story dance and started dancing as well. Overall, we thought it was a lovely story which we will read again.
Review Diego’s New America written by Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo
Diego’s New America is a picture book. It is about a boy with a multicultural heritage.
Written by Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo and illustrated by Karen Light.
My boys couldn’t get enough of this story. Just like Diego they ask lots of questions. My 5-year old particularly loved that Diego not only asks questions but he answers questions that others have as well. My 10-year old appreciated Diego’s perseverance. He asks so many questions and is determined to get answers. We loved the angle from the international fair and the integration of cultures. We are multicultural ourselves, so that was something that really resonated and gave base for good conversations. Just like Diego, our family heritage can fill the map. It’s nice to know where you come from and learn about your culture. The boys can’t wait for me to read the book again. I bet this will become a well loved book in our house.
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About Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019
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 & LowBooks, 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 and A 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 & RoxyBooks, 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 bookreview 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, BooksMy 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 bookbundles will be given away during the party ( a prize every 5 minutes!). GO HERE for more details.
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