Saturday, February 3, 2018

February #diversekidlit

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.

DiverseKidLit

We hope this community serves as a resource for parents, teachers, librarians, publishers, and authors! Our next linkup will be Saturday, March 3rd and the first Saturday of each month.

Most Clicked Post from Last Time



The most-clicked post from the previous #diversekidlit was Myra's version of the linkup including her review of the absolutely charming Worm Loves Worm! (I waited in line at NCTE a few years back to get an advanced copy of this picture book - such a great way to share with kids about how love is love is love.) Thanks, Myra!

#DiverseKidLit is Hosted by:


Katie @ The Logonauts
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Becky @ Franticmommmy
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Bethany @ Biracial Bookworms
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Carolina @ La Clase de Sra. DuFault
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Gauri @ Kitaab World
an online bookstore for South Asian children's books, toys and games
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Gayle Swift, Author of ABC, Adoption & Me
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Marjorie @ Mirrors Windows Doors
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Mia @ Pragmatic Mom
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Myra @ Gathering Books
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Shoumi Sen, Author of Toddler Diaries
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Saturday, January 27, 2018

It's Multicultural Children's Book Day! #ReadYourWorld


Today, January 27th is Multicultural Children’s Book Day! This is an all-day celebration of multicultural and diverse books, and I am so glad to be one of its co-hosts. One big component is the GIANT link-up of diverse books and resources, which you will find at the bottom of this post. If you have a diverse book review or activity to share, please add it.


The other big event today is a Twitter chat from 9-10 pm ET today. Join in to discuss diverse books, and you'll be entered to WIN books too! More than 100 books will be given away. You must be registered to win, so click here to register. Want to start thinking about the chat questions already? You can find them all here. See you then!

More about Multicultural Children's Book Day


Multicultural Children’s Book Day (01/27/18) is its fifth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ 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.


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 holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board!


2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

2018 Author Sponsors


We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

MCBD Links to Remember


MCBD site: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/

MCBD2018 ways to celebrate: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/how-to-get-involved-in-multicultural-childrens-book-day-2018-for-a-week/

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Classroom Empathy Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/mcbd2018s-free-classroom-empathy-kit-is-here-empathy-immigration/

Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/

Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents: http://bit.ly/1sZ5s8i


Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with is on social media and be sure and look for/use their official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

Link Up Your Diverse Posts Below


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Friday, January 26, 2018

Nina Simone #readyourworld

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ 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.

As part of the celebration, interested teachers, bloggers, and parents can receive a multicultural book to review and share. Check back on Jan. 27th for the giant linkup of all these fabulous book reviews!

Book Review: Nina


I was delighted to receive a copy of Nina: jazz legend and civil-rights activist Nina Simone by Alice Brière-Haquet and illustrated by Bruno Liance. (A review copy of the book was provided by the publisher, Charlesbridge. All thoughts are my own.) My husband, an ethnomusicologist and jazz historian, actually snatched the book away from me as soon as the box was opened.

What This Book Is


The book is a lyrical look at a life, told from the perspective of a grown Nina reflecting on her own experiences and sharing it as a bedtime lullaby. The illustrations have a luminous glow to them that fits well with the dreamy telling. This is a great book to get a child interested in Nina Simone, her music, and her story, as well as to inspire conversations about racism and discrimination.

What This Book Is Not


Readers who are expecting a picture book biography of Nina Simone may be disappointed. The focus of the story is on her childhood with some links to her connections to the Civil Rights Movement. The lyrical lullaby of a text is beautiful and evocative, but it is a bit slight on many of the facts and events of Nina's life and career. Additionally, the book lacks effective nonfiction back matter with no author's note, no bibliography, and no further reading recommendations. For someone who already knows something about Nina Simone and wants to learn more, this is not that book. But for someone who wants to spark an interest or connection, it's a lovely place to start.

Extension Activities


Reading a book about an incredible and talented musician like Nina Simone is incomplete without a chance to listen and experience her music for yourself. Here are a few to get your started:









For older readers, consider also listening to Mississippi Goddam, which is one of her most important pieces. This is a powerful song for talking about the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement that still (sadly) ring true today.



Want to learn more about other amazing female musicians? Check out these additional diverse books!

Melba Doretta Liston, trombone player


Little Melba and Her Big Trombone (2014) by Katheryn Russell-Brown and illustrated by Frank Morrison. Melba fell in love with the trombone at the age of 7, eventually joining a touring band and playing with and for many other famous jazz musicians. This picture book does a great job of laying out her childhood and inspirations with engaging illustrations.

Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, drummer



Drum Dream Girl: how one girl's courage changed music (2015) by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael López. This powerful true story tells about the early life of Chinese-African-Cuban Millo Castro Zaldarriaga. Millo broke the Cuban taboo against female drummers and performed with her sisters as part of Cuba's first "all-girl dance band" in the 1930s. This story inspired some powerful conversations with my students about rules, especially ones about things boys or girls are told they cannot do.

Josephine Baker, actress/singer


Josephine: the dazzling life of Josephine Baker (2014) by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson [a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award winner and a Siebert Honor book]. Perhaps an unusual choice for a children's picture book, this book celebrates the life and advocacy of Josephine Baker, and the book does a good job of presenting the context of the racism and civil rights challenges she faced during her career. Extensively researched with detailed backmatter.

Multicultural Children's Book Day Sponsors


Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.


2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

2018 Author Sponsors


We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.
Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta
Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/
Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.