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5 Books Like Harold and the Purple Crayon & Kid Lit Blog Hop

5 Books Like Harold and the Purple Crayon

Because four is considered a bad luck number in Asian culture, I offer you five books like Harold and the Purple Crayon … which is to say, books with art supplies that have magical properties including transporting readers and characters into wildly imaginative adventures and worlds.

What are your  favorite books with magical drawing items that I should add to my list? Thanks for sharing!

Harold and the Purple Crayon (series) by Crockett Johnson

I loved Harold and the Purple Crayon when I was a kid and now it’s celebrating its 50th anniversary! The idea that a crayon can transport anywhere you can dream up — well, that’s rather like a book too! This is the granddaddy of picture book adventures through a drawing implement. Read more…

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland's Good Fortune

Thanksgiving Picture Book

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland's Good FortuneI was thrilled to be invited to a lunch hosted by Candlewick Press to meet author and illustrator P. J. Lynch who was here all the way from Ireland for the release of his first advanced picture book. He has illustrated more than 26 picture books over his 30 year career and this is the very first book he’s written!

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland's Good Fortune

Is it me or are all Irish authors charming and funny? Eoin Colfer comes to mind and now P. J. Lynch as well! After thirty years as a children’s book illustrator, P. J. reveals how this story about John Howland hooked him and converted him into an author:

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland’s Good Fortune by P. J. Lynch

Told in fascincating first person, P. J. Lynch tells the Mayflower story from the perspective of an indentured servant, young John Howell who actually fell off the ship during a storm and survived! John’s story begins from the perils of escape from England to the difficult voyage on the Mayflower and continues through the winter in the New World in which only half their party survive. John meets Massasaoit and Squanto who are instrumental in keeping the remaining settlers alive. By the end of his first year, John faces a difficult decision to stay or return home.

This is a picture book that begs to be read aloud. It’s also a great way for kids to feel like they are experiencing the Mayflower journey alongside John Howell. The gorgeous watercolor artwork reminiscent of old world Renaissance masters illuminates the story. [advanced picture book, ages 8 and up]

I interviewed P. J. Lynch in four parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Each video is about 3 minutes

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Hello! Welcome to the November 2015 Kid Lit Blog Hop. This exciting, now monthly hop,  is where we develop an engaged group of people who love everything that has to do with children’s literature. Everyone is welcome to join us: bloggers, authors, publicist, and publishers!

Simply create a post and add it to the linky. (Please make sure to add your direct post only) 
Once you are done, then hop around to visit others. Please visit at least the two people above your link. Please leave a comment when you do visit, we all like those.
Also, it would be appreciated if you grab the Kid Lit Blog Hop Badge and display it on your blog and/or your post.

The hostess will be around to see you. It would be nice if you followed all of them. Happy Hopping!

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Native American Heritage Month Books for Kids

Books for Kids to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

This we know; the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Chief Seattle’s Thoughts

Chief Seattle's Thoughts

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, I rounded up some newly published books that speak to the speech made by Chief Seattle: Read more…

Top 10: Afraid of the Dark Picture Books

Top 10: Afraid of the Dark Picture Books

Nyctophobia, or fear of the dark, is one of the most common phobias in children.

With the time change for fall back, come the dark, now earlier than ever. I don’t like it when it gets dark where I live at 4:30 at night either! I hope these picture books help with fear of the dark. I love how there are so make different and original takes on the dark and how to make it less scary for kids in these ten picture books. Which ones are your favorites? Let’s add them to the list! Thank you!

Top 10: Scared of the Dark Books for Kids

10. There’s A Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer

My favorite book about being scared of the dark is this picture book, read aloud by Billy Crystal. It’s perfection! [picture book, ages 2 and up]

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Meet Our Co-Hosts for Multicultural Children's Book Day 2016!

Meet Our Co-Hosts for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016!

As with any event, success is measured by the strength and effectiveness of the team. At MCCBD Headquarters we are happy to report that we do indeed have a very strong team!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is thankful for its CoHosts. Our CoHosts are a group of select powerhouse bloggers who share the same diversity in children’s literature passions and beliefs. They also assist in extending the reach and spreading the word of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. These 11 blogs will also be host to the wildly-popular book review/blog post link-up the week of 1/27/16. We would appreciate if you could take a few minutes and visit each of these excellent blogs. These women were selected by the MCCBD team because of their true dedication to supporting diversity in children’s literature.
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Multicultural Adoption Books for Kids

Multicultural Adoption Books for Kids

There is an ancient Chinese belief that an invisible, unbreakable red thread connects all those who are destined to be together. From The Red Thread by Grace Lin

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. To celebrate, I offer a multicultural adoption picture book, chapter book and young adult list for kids and teens. There is a subtle thread that tie some of these books together. It’s the bridge from Asia to America through adoption.

When kids are placed into loving families that do not reflect their face in the mirror, there comes a time, as part of growing up, where these kids can have an identity crisis and a hunger to know more about their past. There’s another thread as well about the power of love to bind a family together. I hope these books will comfort by showing that they are not alone.

What books am I missing? Thanks for your great suggestions!

Multicultural Adoption Picture Books

Bringing Asha Home by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Jamal Akib

rakhi bracelet

Rahki is a north Indian holiday celebrated on the day of the full moon of the Hindu month Shravan, usually in August. Sisters tie colorful shiny bracelets called rakhi around the wrists of their brothers, signifying their special bond. In this picture book, Arun waits impatiently while his parents try to adopt a baby girl from India, his father’s homeland. It takes a long time, but finally Asha arrives, and she has a special bracelet for Arun! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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Teachers: Earn FREE Diversity Book for Classroom Library

Teachers: Earn FREE Diversity Book for Classroom Library

Thank you to Junior Library Guild, the collection development and book review service relied upon by thousands of schools and public libraries, for donating the books for the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Reading Challenge!

Junior Library Guild

The Junior Library Guild editorial team reviews more than 3,000 new titles each year, in manuscript or prepublication stage. They have a keen sense for finding the best of the best. Over 95 percent of their selections go on to receive awards and/or favorable reviews.

Junior Library Guild

Here are some of the books that we are giving away as part of our Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Reading Challenge.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Reading Challenge SIGN UP

How does it work?

  1. Teachers: Sign up for the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom Reading Challenge HERE.
  2. Read four diversity books to your class during the month of January.
  3. Earn a FREE Book like ones below for your classroom library. We will match book to your grade’s reading level.

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Alcatraz Book List for Kids

Alcatraz Book List for Kids

My girls visited Alcatraz this past summer and it didn’t freak them out. I wondered if it would. PickyKidPix has been obsessed with psychics and mediums lately, and watches Lisa Williams a little too much.

Alcatraz Book List for KidsIt could be that we live in a old house which is NOT haunted but there are certainly stories of houses in our neighborhood that could very well be cohabited with ghosts.

Alcatraz prison cell with toilet

Still, it would be easy to get creeped out by seeing a jail cell in Alcatraz. Isn’t it exactly like a movie set of what a prison cell should look like? I guess it’s good that they visited in broad daylight!

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Multicultural Children's Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Update!

We have many things to be grateful for here at Multicultural Children’s Book Day headquarters because there are a ton of exciting things in the works right now!

  • Join us as an Author Sponsor for MCCBD 2016 which includes 2 guest posts on MCCBD blog, banner ad on the Author Sponsor Page, social media shares, and reviews by bloggers.
  • Our Book Review Blogger Sign-Up for MCCBD 2016 just started as well! We’ll give you a FREE book so you can post on your blog on January 27th!

For anyone interested in Sponsorship opportunities, our Early Bird Sponsorship Sale ends OCTOBER 31, 2015.

  • We are thrilled to have two powerhouse multicultural children’s book publishers is joining us as Platinum Sponsors for 2016!

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