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The Rock Maiden by Natasha Yim

The Rock Maiden Chinese Folk Tale GIVEAWAY

I’m part of The Rock Maiden‘s blog tour, Natasha Yim’s Chinese folk tale about love and loyalty. She was inspired by an interesting natural rock formation found in Hong Kong, and the ancient Chinese legend that explained how that came to be.

I’m also giving away a copy of The Rock Maiden AND a Skype author visit with Natasha Yim! To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.

The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty by Natasha Yim, illustrated by Pirkko Vainio

Amah Rock

Amah Rock in Sha Tan, Hong Kong, from I Love Hong Kong.

Ling Lee lived in a fishing village in Hong Kong and fell in love with a kind, young fisherman. When he was lost at sea, she never gave up hope of her return, climbing to the top of a cliff overlooking the sea to watch for him. Her lonely figure was noticed by a god who turned her and her baby into stone. About a year later, her husband returns and discovers what has happened. Tin Hau, the patron god of fisherman, again intervenes, rewarding true love. Read more…

10 Books Featuring Kids with Incarcerated Parents

10 Books Featuring Kids with Incarcerated Parents & GIVEAWAY!

Please welcome author A. J. Pacquette with a list of ten books featuring kids with incarcerated parents. I was thrilled to meet her! It turns out that we live near each other!

Author A. J. Pacquette, Joan Pacquette, Ammi Joan Pacquette

Nowhere Girl by A. J. Pacquette

Had coffee with author Ammi-Joan Paquette but had no idea that NOWHERE GIRL is her middle grade chapter book. It’s really good but hard to explain … think the movie Midnight Express, you know, the drug smuggler guy in a Turkish prison? Add in a love child. Put mom and child in a prison in Thailand. Girl grows up in jail and mom dies when she’s 13. She has no idea who her father is. Now she’s free to go and has to figure it out. That’s where the book begins!!! Oh yeah, her mom is American. Her father too.

One thing about childhood: it’s not an automatic protection from the tougher side of life. To help kids make sense of some of those darker elements, here are 10 titles that feature kids whose parents are in prison. Ranging from the very young to teenagers, this list can act as a resource for readers of all ages.

I’m also doing a giveaway of Nowhere Girl by A. J. Paquette. Please use the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter. What are your favorite books about incarcerated parents? Read more…

#BlackHistoryMonth by Carole Boston Weatherford

#BlackHistoryMonth by Carole Boston Weatherford

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Carole Boston Weatherford in Roxbury, Massachusetts last year. I was struck by her quiet elegance and dignity. Her books reflect that too.

Carole Boston Weatherford and Ekua Holmes with Mia Wenjen

Carole Boston Weatherford is on the left. Ekua Holmes is on the right.

I didn’t realize how many #BlackHistoryMonth stories that would have remained largely untold if not for Carole’s work. Today, I wanted to share with you her books in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth.

#BlackHistoryMonth by Carole Boston Weatherford

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

Lena Horne

Lena Horne, image from Wikipedia

Lena Horne was both an legendary actress and activist, born into a well educated and high achieving family. During the Great Depression, Lena started her career at the Cotton Club as a dancer in the chorus line. Her career catapulted from there, to Broadway, headlining an all-white band, to Hollywood. During WWII, her activist side emerged in full force, which resulted in being blacklisted during McCarthy’s Red Scare. Still, Lena persisted. With a new husband, she was able to further her career to become an international star, and use her fame in the fight for civil rights. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Congo Square New Orleans

Congo Square, U.S. National Register of Historic Places, image from Wikipedia

“Slavery was no ways fair. Six more days to Congo Square.” The back story of the birth of jazz in New Orleans: because Louisiana was a French colony, then a Spanish colony, even slaves had Sunday off from work. In most states, African drums and music were banned. But once a week at Congo Square in New Orleans, hundreds of slaves and free blacks would congregate, play music, and dance. Told in simple rollicking rhyme, this picture book is exuberant as it is informational about a little known story that expresses a human’s capacity to find hope and joy even in the most difficult circumstances. And this resulted in the birth of jazz, America’s only original art form. Carole Boston Weatherford’s books are all exceptional. Both she and illustrator R. Gregory Christie are Coretta Scott King Honorees. Freedom in Congo Square is one of my (accurate) Caldecott picks. [picture book, ages 2 and up]

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Diverse Children's Books

#DiverseKid Lit Blog Hop: Love

Our theme for #DiverseKidLit in February is Love. Please consider sharing diverse books and resources that support love and families. (As always, the theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

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.

DiverseKidLit

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3.6 Billion Social Media Share Impressions Multicultural Children's Book Day

3.6 Billion Social Media Share Impressions Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) generated 3.6 billion social media share impressions in three days (day before, day of, and day after).

3.6 BILLION Social Media Share Impressions Over Three Days

3.6 Billion Social Media Share Impressions Multicultural Children's Book Day

This is actually a conservative tally because 1) we did not track social media share impressions beyond the three days even though we had a robust presence on social media the month of January, 2) we had 400 reviewers but we did not track everyone (just the 30 reviewers with the largest social media followings on Twitter/Facebook), 3) we tracked Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest (but we didn’t not track LinkedIn, YouTube, SnapChat, or Periscope).

Who was counted?

Why didn’t we track more? Expense. Our stats are hand tabulated by our Virtual Assistant, Susan Mayfield, using a series of linked Excel spreadsheets.

We started tracking MCBD stats two years ago. In 2015, we generated 26 million social media share impressions.

PragmaticMom Twitter Alone Generated 29 Million Social Media Impressions!

This year, in 2017, my Twitter alone generated 29 million social media share impressions. I tweeted or retweeted 379 times during the three day period and had 77,645 followers at that time. 379 x 77,645 followers = 29,427,455 social media share impressions. Read more…

10 Groundbreaking LGBTQ Children’s Books

10 Groundbreaking LGBTQ Children’s Books

Today my guest author is Laurin Mayeno.  She’s an activist mom at OutProudFamilies, and a Huffington Post blogger. Her new children’s book, One of a Kind Like Me/Único como yo (oneofalikeme.com), is illustrated by Robert Liu-Trujillo and translated by Teresa Mlwar. You might recognize Robert Liu-Trujillo’s work from his poster for Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

One of a Kind Like Me/Único como yo by Laurin Mayeno, illustrated by Robert Liu-Trujillo

This bilingual Spanish picture book gently introduces gender diversity. Danny wants to be a purple princess for the school parade, and his family helps him create a costume from thrift store finds. The author hopes that her book gives children a sense of belonging, courage to be who they are, and an appreciation for people who are different from themselves. [picture book, ages 3 and up]

This bilingual book (Spanish/English) is based on Laurin’s son, Danny. We are giving away a copy of One of a Kind Like Me/Único como yo. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.

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Great news! The list of LGBTQ-themed children’s books is growing! Here are some of my favorite releases from the past two years, with a special focus on those that reflect many types of diversity in our families and communities.

10 Groundbreaking LGBTQ Children’s Books

1. The Boy and the Bindi by Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Rajni Perera

A boy asks his Ammi about the dot above her nose. When she gives him his own bindi, he discovers that it watches over him and allows him to explore and express who he is. This book is nothing short of magical! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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Diverse Children's Books

#DiverseKidLit Theme is Love for Feb!

Our theme for #DiverseKidLit in February is Love. Please consider sharing diverse books and resources that support love and families. (As always, the theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)

For February’s #DiverseKidLit theme of love, I chose this wonderful documentary novel of Loving vs. Virginia. A few things to note:

  • Their last name is Loving.
  • Their crime was loving each other.
  • This happened in the state of Virginia, whose state slogan is “Virginis is for Lovers.
  • Had Richard Loving been African American and Mildren white, this case would never had been tried. He would have been lynched.

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Shadra Strickland

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark case that made mixed race marriages legal. That Richard and Mildred’s very last name is “LOVING” and that their crime is loving each other says something about fate perhaps. In 1955, in Virginia — state slogan: Virginia is for Lovers (formerly Virginia is for history lovers)– two teenagers fell in love amidst segregation, racism and cruelty.

Their marriage broke a Virginia 1924 law to preserve racial integrity and keep children of partial white ancestry out of all white schools. The fact that this law implied that one race was superior to another — this legislation allowed Negroes to marry those of other races, thus subjecting them to losing their racial purity — was an inconsistency that won their case.

It took nine long years during which they lived in exile in Washington DC for them to win their case. Told in mesmerizing free verse that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, this chapter book is as important as their landmark case. Novel in verse, ages 8 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.

DiverseKidLit

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Top 10 Diverse Superhero Books & GIVEAWAY

Top 10 Diverse Superhero Books & GIVEAWAY

Please welcome author Gina Bellisario with a list of diverse superhero books! We are also giving away a signed copy of Ellie Ultra: An Extra-Ordinary Girl. A second winner will receive Ellie Ultra: Queen of the Spelling Bee. Please see the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter to win.

Ellie Ultra: An Extra-Ordinary Girl by Gina Bellisario, illustrations by Jessika von Innerebner

The first book in an action-packed early chapter book series, An Extra-Ordinary Girl features a third-grade, African-American girl who is her city’s resident superhero. But when her powers make her stand out in school, fitting in proves tougher than fighting villains. [early chapter book, ages 6 and up]

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Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children's Books for Parents and Educators

Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Welcome to our 4th Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Here’s how to celebrate:

  1. Link up your diversity book reviews
  2. Win diversity book bundles at our Twitter Party tonight! We’re giving away 100+ children’s books from 9pm to 10pm EST. RSVP here. Use hashtag: #ReadYourWorld.
  3. Get your a copy of Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators. It’s FREE today through January 31st!

Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children's Books for Parents and Educators

Book Reviewers: Please link up your book reviews here. We have set up FOUR linkys so you can add your blog review based whether your review is on a BLOG, INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, or YOUTUBE.

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