Saturday, January 27, 2018

A Morning with Grandpa #MCBD2018 #ReadYourWorld




A Morning with Grandpa by Sylvia Liu and illustrated by Christina Forshay is a beautiful homage to the loving bond between grandparent and grandchild. Liu’s descriptive and humorously playful text was complimented by the comforting tones and shapes of Forshay’s art work. Personally, I was most touched by the sincere care the granddaughter expressed towards her grandfather as she encourages him to try out the yoga poses despite his creaky bones. Touching interactions such as this are not only thoughtful of the author but also portrays relatable characters for readers to connect with. I was also impressed to see Liu included information on tai chi and yoga, as well as other sources at the end of the book—these are features that are typically limited to non-fiction books, so it was a happy surprise! It is not a surprise to me that A Morning with Grandpa won the “New Voices Award” from Lee & Low Books as Liu eloquently presents a culturally diverse perspective by creating real characters sharing an intergenerational bond. This picture book is sure to be loved by readers of all ages but I especially recommend it for grandparents and grandchildren to read together!

*I received this book for review from Sylvia Liu and publisher, Lee & Low Books as part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Thank you!

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More information about Multicultural Children’s Book Day:
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (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. 

MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. View our 2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/2106-sponsors/mcbd2018-medallion-level-sponsors/

View our 2018 MCBD Author Sponsors here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/2106-sponsors/2018-author-sponsors/

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: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/about/co-hosts/
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/
Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

Friday, January 27, 2017

#ReadYourWorld Book Review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!




The Curse of the Were-Hyena by Bruce Hale is a tribute to the brilliant and slightly wild minds of children (IMHO). This is achieved through the engaging and interactive style of storytelling. Main characters, Carlos and Benny, don’t narrate in a typical manner—instead it feels as if they are talking to a friend. This technique has the potential to hook reluctant readers. Additionally, the idea of your teacher (Mr. Chu) turning into a monster and displaying over-the-top mannerisms is also reflective of children or at the very least intriguing for many child readers. The transparent discussion of emotions, such as fear and guilt, also worthy of recognition. Hale is truly an artistic writer as he is able to integrate humor and whimsical pencil sketched illustrations into this suspenseful mystery. While diversity isn’t addressed in a preachy or explicit manner it is great to see diverse characters represented in this book in a manner that is positive, real, and reflective of how culture influences us. The diverse family dynamics is also presented implicitly and in respect to valuing multiculturalism. I would recommend this book for mystery lovers and reluctant readers!

*I received this book for review from Bruce Hale and publisher, Disney/Hyperion as part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

More event details for the day:
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 Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books



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