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:


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.