Todd Parr’s message of inclusion and acceptance is perfect for preschool and up. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
2. Never Say a Mean Word Again by Jacqueline Jules
Jewish poet Samuel Ha-Grid was the highest royal advisor in Muslim Granada, and this story references his wisdom in conflict resolution. It’s retold here through the eyes of two boys; one Muslim, one Jewish. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
I am so excited to have kid book bloggers, Oscar and Olivia, here today with their 10 Favorite Diversity Books for Kids. They’ve included both picture books and chapter books. Oscar is 9 years old; Olivia 12 years old. They blog collaboratively at Kid Book Review. Please check out their great blog! You can also find them on Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Goodreads, and Bloglovin’.
My brother (Oscar, age 9) and I (Olivia, age 12), have a book blog called Kid Book Reviewer where we review books and interview our favorite authors.
Our Top Ten Favorite Diversity Books for Kids
Being Jewish, we love reading books about other cultures, races, or religions. This children’s genre – called Diversity books – is quickly picking up speed and becoming more and more popular. Here’s a list of our Top Ten favorite Diversity Books.
1. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Olivia is a huge fan of Malala Yousafzai, especially after reading her book, I Am Malala. In Malala’s empowering story, she recounts how she stood up to the Taliban and fought for a girl’s right to education. Readers are gripped as Malala ultimately ends up putting her life in danger, but shows immense persistence when she continues fighting – and still is. A heart-wrenching, inspiring book that is a must-read for all kids – especially girls. [chapter book, ages 12 and up]
One of my readers requested that I do my boxing fitness giveaway featuring BOXYGEN and Expert Boxing’s 30 Day Boxer’s Diet ebook again this year, so I am. In fact, this year I am doing it up and giveaway 3 sets of both the video and ebook! See below to enter.
BOXYGEN is a cardio fitness boxing trainer DVD created by my boxing gym, Nonantum Boxing Club. Eric is the cousin of my boxing trainer, Marc. It’s a very old school boxing gym run by 7 male cousins.
Use the BOXYGEN DVD for cardio boxing exercise. You don’t need special exercise equipment to do this great workout: Tthree 30 minute workouts plus supplemental workouts – focusing on different aspects of overall fitness: Body Strength, Body Core and Body Conditioning.
Having enjoyed over sixty exhibitions to date, Victor Hugo Zayas is best known for his paintings, vigorous depictions of landscapes and cityscapes, as well as still life and figural subjects that mediate between realism and expressionism…
Their subdued palette evokes the tonalism of Rembrandt, Velazquez, and Manet, but their expansive, forceful brushstrokes hark back to Titian and even van Gogh. by Peter Frank of Visions Magazine
Thanks to Photos by KAG, we were able to visit the artist Victor Hugo Zayas at his home and studio in Los Angeles after spending the morning Stand Up Paddleboarding during our trip to Southern California.
My kids were able to hang out with their cousins and were on their best behavior at Victor’s art studio.
My brother-in-law met Victor Hugo Zayas years ago in South Central Los Angeles, and photographs him at work in his studio. It’s always a treat to see how an artist works. Victor’s studio is 6000 square feet of creativity.
I was in a pretty good habit of doing a daily Random Act of Kindness when I turned 48 that carried on for a year or so, but I’ve fallen off the wagon. It’s just so easy to speed through errands in a possessed way, and not notice or take the time for a small act of kindness. I need a reminder!
I’m using my DIY Acts of Kindness Gratitude Advent Calendar as a kickstart. It feels like doing an act of kindness during the busy month of December is impossible, but I am finding that it’s really not. It’s just a mindset and a looking for an opportunity. Just keeping it top of mind helps immensely.
So, here are mine. Most are small, but all, as I note, are truly appreciated!
Ran out to hold the door for a mom with a singing toddler in a stroller at the post office. She told her child how nice I was to hold the door.
Ran ad in Craig’s List and Newton FreeCycle to donate my son’s old bike to someone who needs a gift for their child this holiday season.
My husband grew up in Monterey Bay and just from living there, knows more about marine biology than I do, and I studied Ichthyology in college! I grew up in a beach town also in Seal Beach, Southern California, but there wasn’t an aquarium nearby back then. But now there is!
The Aquarium of the Pacific is next door to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, one town over from Seal Beach. While the Aquarium of the Pacific can never match up to Monterey Bay Aquarium from location alone (it’s on the ocean’s edge where it dips into a deep cavern), it’s still a pretty nice aquarium to visit.
Does it stress you out that bees are in trouble? The state of the Amazon rainforest, frogs and toads, and bees are probably the three things about the environment that I worry about. Not that I know exactly what to do. I guess the first step is educating. And then action. So here’s my self-education journey about the plight of the bees.
If your kids like Bee Movie, they’ll like this PBS video on how honey is made.
Did you know that the holiday season alone, Hasbro donated more than a half million toys and games (valued at $6 million) to children and families in need? Their goal is to put a toy or game in the hands of parents, so they can have a present for their kids on their holiday.
They also believe in a philanthropic mission to empower childhood by bringing hope, play and service into the lives of children. And they put their money where their mouth is:
In 2015, Hasbro contributed more than $14 million in total philanthropic support, impacting 3 million children. In RI, more than 20,000 toys and games donated, one for every child in need to Toys for Tots. Hasbro is also a long-time partner supporting Toys for Tots; 19 years with approximately $3 million worth of toys and games donated annually.
Today’s book list comes from my “adopted” daughter Sidnie. Despite a busy summer, she’s managed to read an impressive 16 books!
I should note that Sidnie isn’t bothered by graphic violence or scary books. In fact, against PickyKidPix’s horror, she read The Hunger Games in third grade. PickyKidPix herself defied me by reading it in fourth grade; I wanted her to wait at least one more year. They both wanted to read the book before seeing the movie which how that went down.
With PickyKidPix‘s influence (they both did their book reviews for me at the same time), she tells it like it is: the good, the bad, and the boring.
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai andChristina Lamb
That was a really good book about a girl standing up for women’s education and it’s a true story. [autobiography, ages 11 and up]
A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, A Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home by Thomas Nelson
This was my favorite book that I read this summer. It was about an orphan boy who had to go through a lot of bad things but he found his way out. [adult memoir, ages 14 and up]
Hi! I'm Mia Wenjen. I blog excessively about children's books. I am also the co-founder of Multicultural Children's Book Day on Jan 27th.
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