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Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) and I hope you’re ready to celebrate with some great book selections to diversify your home library.
I’m joining hundreds of moms, educators and bloggers to celebrate cultural diversity in children’s books and also the need to make these books available in our home, school and public libraries.
We read to know that we are not alone.
~ C. S. Lewis
I love this quote from C. S. Lewis because, while we read for many reasons, books and stories remind us that we are not alone in facing this world. There are other people out there who look like us, but even when we speak a different language or come from different continents, we still can share in our life experiences and interests. There is so much that can bring us together.
As part of this year’s MCBD I received a free copy of the children’s book Ellis and the Hidden Cave to review here on BeautifulMessyMotherhood.
Author: Cerece & Aryeh Rennie Murphy
Summary: In this second installment of the StoneKeeper Series, Ellis, little sister Freddye and best friend Toro embark from their home in the USA to a thrilling adventure in India. As their parents conduct research on an archaeological site, they have their own encounters with an ancient civilization and an underwater world.
What we liked: While I read this book I kept thinking, the Goonies meet Indiana Jones! It was full of adventure. My 9 year old also read this book, and while it was an easy read for him, he enjoyed the thrill and the mystery (and the sword fighting!). He also made sure to mention that there is another book in the series, which I took as a not-so-subtle hint that he’d like me to get it for him.
I would consider this a good option for an early reader who’s starting to conquer chapter books, or just a fun easy read for a more advanced reader.
In terms of diversity, the book features an African-American family in normal every day life. Well, except for the fact that Ellis is a StoneKeeper, and his stone gives him superpowers to fight some evil goblins. Other than that, they’re a totally normal family! Also, the author goes into a bit of detail of the Indian culture when Ellis and his family first arrive in the country, which is a great opportunity to dig deeper into their culture, history, traditions, food and religion (and, Bollywood?). Smells like a homeschool project to me!
How you can #ReadYourWorld too:
Life is busy, and walking into the library or bookstore (or Amazon) to look for books can be overwhelming when you don’t even know what you’re looking for. That’s why I’m glad the team at MCBD created a great resource for parents and teachers. If you head over to Amazon, their book, Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators, will be free until January 30th. So make sure you get it now! I got mine this morning.
What is Multicultural Children’s Book 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
Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Delores Connors, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin, Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson, Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O’Malley, Stacy McAnulty, Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang
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.
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