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Gabby Kicking It Around with Lily

How To Keep Girls In Sports series with Berkshire Soccer Academy

In celebration of the launch of How To Coach Girls book, we are partnering with Berkshire Soccer Academy, a sleep away soccer camp for girls, with a five-part series.

How To Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley

How To Coach Girls available for pre-order here.

March: The effect of Team Impact on the Boston College Women’s Soccer Team. Team Impact is a national nonprofit that matches kids facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams. The bonds that formed can be life-long and life-changing. We will be learning about Lily and Alison Foley’s women’s varsity soccer team and what they have been up to thus far this year. Holly Confalone, a midfielder on the team, will be filling us in.

Boston College Women's Soccer and Team Impact

Happy Birthday to Lily…the newest member of the #BCWSoccer team as she signed her NLI with her teammates by her side yesterday. 

Gabby Kicking It Around with Lily

Gaby Carriero kicking it around with #teamimpact teammate Lily before the game.
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Heroes of Black History: Rosa Parks

Heroes of Black History: Rosa Parks #BlackHistoryMonth

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, was one of two black students to attend the University of Georgia fifty years ago. She recalls, “We were greeted by a screaming, howling mob of students, and I think some provocateurs…And as we walked under the arch, the students were yelling and screaming all kinds of epithets, and telling us to go home — in some cases saying, ‘Kill the you-know-what.’ ” From NPR

Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Today, she is an American journalist and former foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, and the Public Broadcasting Service. She also wrote the Introduction to Heroes of Black History: Biographies of Four Great Americans here: TFK_HeroesOfBlackHistory_Intro. Read more…

Asian Drumming Crafts, Recipes & Books for Kids

Asian Drumming Crafts, Recipes & Books for Kids

Author Debbi Michiko Florence and I will be making some noise with our February offering in our Asian Culture series. This month we explore Asian drumming through books, crafts and recipes. We will be learning about Japanese Taiko and Chinese Lion Dance which also has drummers.

This is part two of our 6 Part Asian Craft and Culture Series:


Asian Drumming Crafts, Recipes & Books for Kids

Recipe: Almond Cookies (adapted from Allrecipes)

almond cookies and tea

I’m lucky that Debbi is a talented baker! She says, “The cookies didn’t brown as much as I had hoped, but they are absolutely DELICIOUS!”

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Diverse Children's Books

#DiverseKidLit and #ReadYourWorld Multicultural Children Book Day

Welcome to #DiverseKidLit ! Please join us in sharing your diverse children’s book links and resources, as well as visiting other links to find great suggestions and recommendations.

Did you miss celebrating Multicultural Children’s Book Day on January 27th? Never fear! You can check out all the highlights of the Twitter party and conversation, as well as check out 100s of diverse book recommendations here.

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.


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Year of the Dog craft and game

Year of the Dog Chinese New Year Craft & Game

Need a craft to celebrate Chinese New Year 2018, The Year of the Dog? I made a cute puppy paper bag puppet that is also a game. Feed the puppy candies using chopsticks!

Year of the Dog craft and game

Here’s how to make the puppy paper bag puppet. You will need:

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bilingual books for kids

Bilingual Kids? Use books for more fun with Languages!

Please welcome my guest blogger today, Gabriela Simmons, with her post on using books to teach kids another language.

bilingual picture books

Even though I grew up speaking various languages at home, it has not been an easy ride trying to pass these languages to the kids.  I have gained the utmost respect for parents making the effort to help their kids become bilingual, trilingual, etc.  It is simply hard work. I have felt like giving up many times, taking the easier route of speaking to the kids in the language that is easiest for them. However, no matter what try to keep it up as long as you can, you will not regret it in the long term. Read more…

Free Books from Multicultural Children's Book Day!

Welcome to Our 5th Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Welcome to our 5th 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.

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Miss Panda Chinese and I Talk Multicultural Children's Book Day and More!

Miss Panda Chinese and I Talk Multicultural Children’s Book Day and More!

A huge thank you to Amanda of Miss Panda Chinese for interviewing me on her channel. We talk about Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Chinese versus Japanese New Year Books for Kids, and more! Her post is here.

Her interview is here:

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Year of the Dog Chinese New Year GIVEAWAYS!

Year of the Dog Chinese New Year GIVEAWAYS!

Chinese New Year is Friday, February 16, 2018 and it’s The Year of the Dog!

the Year of the Dog

You are born in the Year of the Dog if your birthday falls in these periods:

  • Jan.28,1922-Feb.15,1923
  • Feb.14,1934-Feb.3,1935
  • Feb.2,1946-Jan.21,1947
  • Feb.18,1958-Feb.7,1959
  • Feb.6,1970-Jan.26,1971
  • Jan.25,1982-Feb.12,1983
  • Feb.10,1994-Jan.30,1995
  • Jan.29,2006-Feb.17,2007
  • Feb.16,2018-Feb.4,2019
  • Feb.3,2030-Jan.22,2031
  • Jan.22,2042-Feb.9,2043
  • Feb.8,2054-Jan.27,2055

According to the Chinese Zodiac, people born in the Year of the Dog are usually independent, sincere, loyal and decisive according. They are not afraid of difficulties in daily life, and tend to have harmonious relationships.

To celebrate Chinese New Year, The Year of the Dog, I am giving away four picture books AND 2 sets of Chinese Red Envelopes. Please enter by using the Rafflecopter below.

p.s. Related posts:

Chinese New Year Books INSTEAD of Tiki Tiki Tembo

24 Wonderful Chinese Folk Tales for Kids

15 Wonderful Chinese New Year Picture Books

Chinese New Year Crafts

12 Books to Explore China

Asian New Year Crafts and Books

Year of the Dog Chinese New Year GIVEAWAYS!

The Nian Monster by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Alina Chau

The ancient legend of the Nian monster is the backstory to Chinese New Year and explains why this holiday is celebrated with the color red, loud noises and fire. XingLing knows about the Nian Monster but is shocked to see it appear in Shanghai, ready to devour her and her city. She uses her wits to outsmart iut. The special foods used to celebrate Chinese New Year also have a role to play in defeating the Nian monster. This is a charming picture book to read anytime of the year, but especially for Chinese New Year celebrations! [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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