Our short but sweet driving vacation to Quebec City was a lot of fun. We always have a great time in Canada so much so that our youngest wants to move there someday.
Last summer we drove to Ottawa to catch the Women’s World Cup Soccer Quarter Finals: U.S.A. versus China. This time, the old walled city beckoned.
I did some research to supplement my husband’s guide-book to plan our family vacation to Quebec City. I had earmarked: Aquarium du Quebec, Old City, Musee National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec, Montmorency Falls, Samuel Champlain Walkway, and The Battlefields Park: Abraham’s Bus and the Odyssey experience at the Plains of Abraham. Read more…
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]
Welcome to our 4th Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Here’s how to celebrate:
- Link up your diversity book reviews
- 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.
- 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!
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.
Loss of a parent or a friend is difficult at any age, but perhaps middle school is the toughest age to go through this. In celebration of Be Light Like a Bird by Monika Schroeder’s book about grief and loss, we have put together a list of ten books in which the protagonist suffers from loss and grief but ultimately emerges from this experience with a sense of hope and resilience.
We are also giving away a copy of Be Light Like a Bird. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.
How about you? What books about grief and loss do you recommend? Thanks for sharing!
Chapter Books About Grief and Loss
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
I posted on this book on my Instagram and there’s a lot of feedback on the book there as well: This is just so good! If you liked Wonder by R. J. Palacio, you will love Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson. It has the same emotional wallop but with a different theme. This is about a teacher who quietly changes lives via three of her students (of many more) that she affects. [chapter book, ages 8 and up]
Starting Thursday, January 26th, through Tuesday, January 31st, our Multicultural Children’s Book Day ebook will be FREE on Amazon!
Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators is a “Best Of” list of diversity books lists for children contributed by 20 bloggers and 2 authors:
Alex Baugh of Randomly Reading
Amanda Boyarshinov of The Educators’ Spin On It
Valarie Budayr of Jump Into a Book
Erica Clark of What Do We Do All Day?
Rebecca Flansburg of Frantic Mommy
Anna Geiger of The Measured Mom
Svenja Gernand of Colours of Us
Michelle Goetzl of Books My Kids Read
Jennifer Hughes of The Jenny Evolution
MaryAnne Kochenderfer of Mama Smiles
Marie-Claude Leroux of Marie Pastiche
Katie Logonauts of The Logonauts
Stephanie Meade of InCultureParent
Katie Meadows of Youth Literature Reviews
Leanna Guillén Mora of All Done Monkey
Becky Morales of Kid World Citizen
Carrie Pericola of Crafty Moms Share
Jodie Rodriguez of Growing Book by Book
Melissa Taylor of Imagination Soup
Mia Wenjen of PragmaticMom
Uma Krishnaswami, author
Elsa Marston, author Read more…
The 2016 Youth Media Awards will be announced at 8 a.m. Eastern time today during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibition!
My predictions for the Caldecott are here and Newbery are here.
Caldecott Medal and Honor Books 2017
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
2017 Caldecott Winner
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
2017 Caldecott Honor Books
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol
They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel
Our theme for both linkups in January is Human Rights. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is celebrated in the US in January, think about your favorite books to share with children about the importance and the history of human rights and/or civil rights. (As always, the theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)
I posted this collage on my Instagram account and I posted on Civil Rights Movement Art and children’s books. Read more…
I’ve chosen fifty of my favorite diversity picture books and wrote book descriptions in the style of a Haiku poem. It’s not exactly a Haiku exactly, but I’m following for form of 5-7-5. I’ve broken the picture books into five categories:
- 10 Diversity Picture Books Teaching Kindness
- 10 Diversity Immigration Picture Books
- 10 Diversity Picture Books to Encourage Empathy
- 10 Diversity Picture Books About Unsung Heroes
- 10 Diversity Picture Books about Amazing Artists
Let me know if you like this [weird] format because I have fifty more picture books in mind for a second version if requested. Thanks so much!
10 Diversity Picture Books Teaching Kindness
Finding the Music/En Pos de la Música by Jennifer Torres, illustrated by Renato Alarcão
breaking his guitar
helps to find abuelito
in everyone’s hearts
[bilingual Spanish picture book, ages 4 and up]
Mama, I’ll Give You the World by Roni Schotter, illustrated by S. Saelig Gallagher
at her hair salon
luisa plans a surprise
for her single mom
[picture book, ages 4 and up]
The Girl with a Brave Heart by
when kindness rewards
“Cinderella” in Iran
[picture book, ages 6 and up]