Our theme for January is Human Rights. (As always, the theme is only a suggestion. Diverse posts on alternate topics are always welcome.)
I wanted to share with you a great discovery: a novel in verse that tells the story of quiet heroes of the Civil Rights Movement.
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.]
p.s. If you want more background, I have this post on my Instagram.
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.
For High School Students in the following areas:Washington, D.C. Metro Area, Southern New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and New York
Diverse Minds Writing Challenge
Now celebrating its 11th Anniversary!
This innovative competition asks high school students, in each region, to write and illustrate a children’s book that tells a story of tolerance, diversity or inclusion.
Students currently enrolled in the 9th – 12th grades are eligible to participate. The first place-winning individual or team will receive a college scholarship of $5,000, and B’nai B’rith will professionally publish the winning submission – making the student a published author! Submissions placing second and third will also receive scholarships.
In addition, the teacher of the student(s) who place first will receive a $1,000 stipend and the school will receive a $500 grant. The submission deadline for DC/Delmarva and New Jersey will be March 18, 2017.
Now more than ever, a message of hope, compassion, empathy and understanding is needed.
Now more than ever, we need to come together as a nation of beautifully diverse people and encourage and implement KINDESS.
Kindness is word that many of us are hearing more and more thanks to a concerning, tense and sometimes scary 2016. It something we all as humans need to be mindful or especially when it comes to being role models for kids. As always, encouraging and teaching kindness to children starts at home and in the classroom.
The prep of the upcoming Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is humming right along! In case you’ve missed all the details, Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom are teaming up for the fourth year to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
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.
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.
I'd love to chat with you. Let's connect! PragmaticMomBlog (at) gmail (dot) com.
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