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10 Hilarious Cat and Dog Picture Books

10 Hilarious Cat and Dog Picture Books

To celebrate the release of my latest picture book, Officer Katz & Houndini: A Tale of Two Tails, illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou, Mia invited me to share my TOP 5 funny dog and cat picture books!

Dog my cats! It was virtually impossible to limit myself to 5 books each, but here goes! It’s raining cats and dog picture books!!

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Top 5 FUNNY Dog Picture Books

5. A Dog Wearing Shoes by Sangmi Ko

How can you resist this cover? I certainly couldn’t!

The shoe-wearing canine character of this dog adoption tale so reminds me of another favorite canine, Dr. Seuss’s Max.

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Parents: Get FREE Diversity Children's Book!

Parents: Get FREE Diversity Children’s Book!

Are you interested in receiving a FREE multicultural children’s book to review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017?

Big News: You DON’T have to be a blogger this year!! That’s right! Get a FREE diversity children’s book and post your book review and optional book extension activity on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube. Bloggers, welcome too, of course! We’re just expanding our outreach so that we can give away more FREE diversity books to parents! Read more…

Kid Lit Blog Hop Now MONTHLY!

October Kid Lit Blog Hop

We want to welcome you to the October 2016 Kid Lit Blog Hop. Fall is here and Halloween is in a mere two weeks…WOW! There are some really great Halloween and Autumn books out there for children. We have seen some listed already. How about you share some of those on our monthly hop or for that matter, any great kid’s literature. We love it all!

Have you seen the Kid Lit Blog Hop Facebook fan page. This page has all the news and information related to the hop plus ongoing posts, giveaways, news articles, etc. related to Kid’s Lit. Check it out and of course, please like the page.

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Fun Ways to Learn About Day of the Dead for Kids

Fun Ways to Learn About Day of the Dead for Kids

It’s October now and time to start thinking of Halloween and costumes for my kids who still want to trick or treat. But it’s also time for Day of the Dead. It sounds like a somber holiday, but it’s more of a celebration of departed loved ones.

Because the days are the same, it’s easy to associate Day of the Dead, Dias de los Meurtos, with Halloween but it actually reminds me more of Obon in Japan.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and internationally where family and friends remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey in a festive and celebratory way starting October 31 and ending November 2.

Halloween came from the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day in observance of Allhallowtide which starts October 31 and ends November 2. It’s a time to “remember the dead, including martyrs, saints, and all faithful departed Christians.” I’m not actually sure if All Hallows’ Day is a festive or somber occasion.

In the United States, Halloween it’s a day to Trick or Treat for candy the night of October 31 dressed up in costumes. In our neighborhood, we have a tradition called Ghosting. Read more…

Diverse Children's Books

Favorite Diverse Author or Illustrator

Our theme for this month’s Diverse Children’s Books linkups is Favorite Diverse Author or Illustrator. Who is your must-read author or must-see illustrator? (The theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

My choice is this multicultural board book that celebrates a strong powerful Hindu girl!

Padmini Is Powerful by Amy Maranville, illustrated by Tim Palin

Padmini is wise like Ganesh, creative like Sarasvati, and energetic like Parvati. Her other wonderful traits can be attributed to other Hindi gods, both male and female. She is powerful and so are you! Celebrating Padmini and the Hindu religion she practices validates all girls who can relate to her, but also expands the world for those who are not Hindu.  [board book, ages 2 and up]

What Is #DiverseKidLit?

Diverse Children’s Books is a book-sharing meme designed to promote the reading and writing of children’s books that feature diverse characters. This community embraces all kinds of diversity including (and certainly not limited to) diverse, inclusive, multicultural, and global books for children of all backgrounds.

We encourage everyone who shares to support this blogging community by visiting and leaving comments for at least three others. Please also consider following the hosts on at least one of their social media outlets. Spread the word using #diversekidlit and/or adding our button to your site and your diverse posts.


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Sponsorships Multicultural Children's Book Day

Sponsorships for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 now OPEN!

Sponsorships for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 are now OPEN! See below about our programs for Free Diversity Children’s Books for Teachers and Free Diversity Children’s Books for Parents.


Sign Up for Multicultural Children’s Book Day Sponsorships

Publishers and authors who might be interested in Multicultural Children’s Book Day, please head over to our Sponsorship Page and sign up.


Last year, Multicultural Children’s Book Day reached over 96 MILLION social media share impressions, but this year will be even bigger!

FREE Diversity Books to Teachers!

Our free diversity children’s books for classroom campaign is BACK! We are so grateful to Junior Library Guild for gifting us 200 library-quality multicultural books for all grades.

In 2016, over 180 classrooms benefited from this campaign. If you know of a classroom, library or school that would like a free children’s book, have them go HERE to sign up.

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Did you know that there is a fungus that can control the mind of an ant and make it do its bidding? Would you believe there is such a thing as a corpse flower—a ten-foot-tall plant with a blossom that smells like a zombie? How about a species of octopus that doesn’t live in water but rather lurks in trees in the Pacific Northwest?

I’m so excited to reveal the cover of Two Truths and a Lie by Laurie Thompson and Ammi-Joan Paquette today! What is it about, you ask?

Have you ever played that ice-breaker game, where each person has to tell three “facts” about him or herself, but only two are true? This is a compendium of amazing stories about wacky and wonderful things in nature and history, combined with made-up stories. Kids are challenged to determine which ones are the falsehoods, thus helping them develop some discernment about what they read, encouraging them to conduct their own research, and teaching them facts about the world we live in, all in one tidy, high-interest package.

Every story in this book is strange and astounding. But not all of them are real. Just like the old game in this book’s title, two out of every three stories are completely true, and one is an outright lie. Can you guess which? It’s not going to be easy. Some false stories are based on truth, and some of the true stories are just plain unbelievable. And they’re all accompanied by dozens of photos, maps, and illustrations. Amaze yourself and trick your friends as you sort out the fakes from the facts! Read more…

Picture Books for Finding Courage

Picture Books for Finding Courage & 3 Book GIVEAWAY

I’m so happy to welcome my guest author today, Laura Gehl, who has a Top 10: Picture Books for Finding Courage. Her list is not limited to Scared of the Dark picture books, but also includes both nonfiction and hilarious fiction books of overcoming fear. She’s also giving away 3 copies of her latest Peep and Egg book, Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick or Treating, just in time for Halloween. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.

How about you? What books about childhood fears are you enjoying with your kids? I just read a remarkable one by Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, about his fear of the dark and how he overcame that in order to explore the darkness of space: The Darkest Dark.


I was a pretty fearful kid, with many of the typical childhood worries.  I was scared of robbers breaking into my house.  I was scared of something terrible happening to my parents.  I was scared of not fitting in at school.

And then I became a mom, and between my four kids, we had pretty much EVERY fear covered: fear of the dark, fear of needles, fear of heights, fear of worms (not proboscis worms, which can grow to more than 150 feet and are legitimately creepy…just regular earthworms).

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14 Autumn Picture Books with STEM and Diversity

14 Autumn Picture Books with STEM and Diversity

I have a book list for spring, winter, summer but not fall, I discovered upon organizing my lists into one gigantic List of Lists. So this here is my fall book list of children’s books. It was inspired by gigantic pumpkins. My kids’ second grade teacher’s husband grows these kinds of large pumpkins. They are like a pet, given the care that they need!

Do you ever wonder what it takes to grow a prize winning gigantic pumpkin? Is it mother nature or nurture? This video shows what it takes to win with a behind-the-scenes look at competitive pumpkin grower Don Young of Des Moines, Iowa. His pumpkin weighed in at 1,662 pounds (754 kg) in 2007!

I’ve also included diversity and STEM books that celebrate fall. What books are you enjoying this glorious autumn? Please share! Thank you!

14 Autumn Picture Books with STEM and Diversity

In the Leaves by Huy Voun Lee

Pair this book with Linda Glaser’s It’s Fall. Both have beautiful cut paper illustrations with suggestions for activities to celebrate fall. In this picture book, Xiao Ming is visiting a farm and can’t wait to show his friends new Chinese characters that he’s learned relating to their field trip. The author makes interesting connections between the six Chinese characters (pig, family, mouth, haromony, fire). [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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