Archive for January, 2017

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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11 Chapter Books About Grief and Loss

11 Chapter Books About Grief and Loss & GIVEAWAY

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]

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

FREE ebook to Find Diversity Books for Kids

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

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

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2017 Caldecott Award Winners

2017 Caldecott, Newbery Winners and 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 Award Winners

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

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Diverse Children's Books

Human Rights Books for Kids Linky #DiverseKidLit

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.)


PragmaticMom Civil Rights Movement Books for Kids and Teens

I posted this collage on my Instagram account and I posted on Civil Rights Movement Art and children’s books. Read more…

When Republicans control government

Republicans Cause Recessions?

My fourteen year old was concerned about the Republican controlled government so she looked it up and found this: Republicans last controlled the White House and Congress in 1928, causing the Great Depression. (1928-1939).

Republicans Cause Recessions?

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50 MUST READ Diversity Picture Books

50 MUST READ Diversity Picture Books

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
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 Rita Jahanforuz and Riotah, illustrated by Vali Mintzi

when kindness rewards

“Cinderella” in Iran

beauty revealed

[picture book, ages 6 and up]


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Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter Party 2017 and book giveaways!

Win 1 of 12 Diversity Children’s Book Bundles! 100+ Book GIVEAWAY

Please join us for our Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Win 1 of 12 Book Bundles! Giving away Book Bundles every 6 minutes!

Twitter Party

Friday, January 27th

9 pm to 10 pm EST

Hashtag: #ReadYourWorld

We will be discussing the state of children’s book publishing and giving away diversity book bundles every six minutes! We invite EVERYONE to join us: authors, publishers, parents, caregivers, librarians, KidLit lovers. You don’t have to be an author or publisher sponsor to join us! Let’s talk about our favorite multicultural and diverse children’s books, authors, and illustrators!

How do you join the Twitter party? Just use hashtag #ReadYourWorld to find us. When you tweet, use the hashtag so everyone can find you!

Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter Party 2017 and book giveaways!
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