Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Multicultural Children's Book Day 2015. Bonus Post: Beauty and the Beast #ReadYourWorld

We are excited to share with you a book that we were lucky enough to win via KidLit.TV. It is one we think is just perfect for Multicultural Children's Book Day. Since this is our second post for Multicultural Children's Book Day, we'll keep this one on the shorter side. However, we have activities to go along with this book! 
Multicultural Children's Book Day
Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.

Mission: Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

“MCCBD team hopes to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.”

Our Review

 Author: H. Chuku Lee
 Illustrator: Pat Cummings
 Year Published: 2014
 Publisher: Harper Collins
 Pages: 32
 Age Level: 4-8 years old. 
 Summary (Amazon): remarkable retelling of Beauty and the Beast, award-winning illustrator Pat Cummings creates an enchanted fairy-tale world flavored by the art, architecture, and culture of West Africa, while writer H. Chuku Lee stays true to the story of this beloved classic. Read more on Amazon.. 


Our Thoughts

  We were lucky enough to win this book in a giveaway. The illustrations are gorgeous. "Beauty and the Beast" is a story most of us know well - no huge surprises, here. Well, okay...there are small differences but nothing crazy that will make your child, familiar with the well-known Disney version, stop in their tracks. 
  What we love about this book is that it is set in West Africa with the architecture of the Dogon of Mali. With stunning illustrations, we are transported to another time and place.   To view some of the gorgeous illustrations, be sure to watch KidLit.TV's interview (below) with the creative team of this beautiful book. We'll be donating our copy to our local library so that others may enjoy it. 

Activities To Go Along with the Book

           We love that this printable includes a "Things to Think About" page.
Disclosure: We received a copy of "Beauty and the Beast" from a giveaway we entered with KidLit.TV. We received no monetary or in-kind compensation for our honest review. This post does NOT contain affiliate links. We will be donating this book to our local library.

Thank You Sponsors:



CoHosts:

First Book

MCCBD is partnering with First Book to offer a Virtual Book Drive that will help donate multicultural children’s books through their channels during the week of the event. We want to help get diversity books into the hands of kids who most need it and now we have a way to do it! The Virtual Book Drive is LIVE and can be found HERE.


Children’s Book Council

MCCBD is also collaborating with Children’s Book Council to highlight wonderful diversity books and authors on an ongoing basis all year.






Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cats should have their own VOLITION. Word of the Week with Guest Rena Marthaler (1/26/2015): #KidLitWow

We are thrilled to have young author, Rena Marthaler here to introduce this week's Word of the Week. This is Rena's third guest appearance introducing a Word of the Week (First one: Respite, Second one: Effervescent), and she was recently spotted in the latest American Girl Magazine! Thank you, Rena, for being a paw-riffic guest, and for introducing this week's word of the week: VOLITION

Can you use the word VOLITION in a sentence? 

Connect with our guest, 

Rena Marthaler, Author: 



Don't forget that we have free printables to go along with the Words of the Week. Visit Cool Mom Printables on Teachers Pay Teachers to download our printables.

If you and/or your family completes an activity, we would love to see a picture of it, or hear all about it. You may do this in the comments below; on our Facebook page; on Twitter (use the hashtag #kidlitwow); Pinterest; Google+ - truly, anywhere you want to tell the world with gusto

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Friday, January 23, 2015

January 27th is Multicultural Book Day! Book Review: Lowriders in Space

We are thrilled and honored to be one of the bloggers participating in the second annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day. This paw-some day is the brainchild of co-creators Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom, and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. These two paw-riffic children's reading and play advocates created this much needed event as a way to draw attention and raise awareness about diversity in children’s literature. It has been exciting to see the growth of this special day in only one year's time.Congratulations, Mia & Valarie!

Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.

Mission: Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

“MCCBD team hopes to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.”


Thank You Sponsors:



CoHosts:

First Book

MCCBD is partnering with First Book to offer a Virtual Book Drive that will help donate multicultural children’s books through their channels during the week of the event. We want to help get diversity books into the hands of kids who most need it and now we have a way to do it! The Virtual Book Drive is LIVE and can be found HERE.


Children’s Book Council

MCCBD is also collaborating with Children’s Book Council to highlight wonderful diversity books and authors on an ongoing basis all year.




Our Review


The first thing we want to do is thank Chronicle Books for sponsoring this fantastic event and for sending us a review copy of Lowriders in Space. 
 Author: Cathy Camper
 Illustrator: Raul the Third
 Year Published: 2014
 Publisher: Chronicle Books
 Pages: 112
 Age Level: Amazon says 8-12 years old. We believe the younger side of the age range is better suited for this book. 
 Summary (Amazon): Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team's favorite cars of all are lowriders—cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow,bajito y suavecito. ...Read more on Amazon.

The Book's Trailer


Our Thoughts


 This was a tough review for us. Our normal policy is not to review books that we don't love. Why? Well, we aren't professional reviewers, and there are so many GREAT books out there that we find those should be our focus. You probably see where we are headed...we did not love this book.
 If we didn't have to give the book an extra chance, we would have stopped reading on the first page. The change in perspective of the illustrations made it difficult to tell who was who and made us have to put too much thought into the opening pages of a book. Lose us on page one, and we won't be around for page two. 
   We wanted to LOVE it. We were hopeful. The main character is a female car mechanic, after all - how cool is that? However, as much as we tried to love it, we weren't successful. 

   There were inconsistencies in the book that drove us nuts. One example is the order of objects that the characters came upon in our Solar System: Pluto...the Moon...Jupiter? We decided they must be ping-ponging through the solar system (?).  
  Honestly, the book video above is a fair representation of the book. If you view the video and are intrigued - you very well may enjoy the book. Our awesome friend, Erik, of This Kid Reviews Books enjoyed reading it, so we leave you with a link to his positive review of the Lowriders in Space

Activities


Disclosure: We received a copy of Low Riders in Space from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. We received no monetary or in-kind compensation for our honest review. This post does NOT contain affiliate links. We will be donating this book to our local library.