Thursday, January 30, 2020

Sumo Joe review #ReadYourWorld

This Friday is the 7th annual Multicultural Children's Book Day! This incredible event is a day-long celebration of children's literature. Check back here on January 31st at The Logonauts for the GIANT link up with hundreds of book reviews of high-quality inclusive literature. 

Sumo Joe

As a longtime co-host, I received a gift copy of Sumo Joe from author Mia Wenjen to review. All thoughts are my own. 

Sumo Joe is the debut picture book from Multicultural Children's Book Day co-founder, Mia Wenjen. The book is a poetic celebration of Sumo, Aikido, and the power of siblings. 

My Review of Sumo Joe

Sumo Joe is a cute day-in-the-life story about Jo and her older brother, who she affectionately calls "Sumo Joe." After Jo goes to Aikido, her brother and his friends create their own sumo ring in the living room, practice their moves, and get ready to face off. But when Jo comes home and demands to join in, the boys have to decision to make ...  

The book is lively and a quick read, with brief 3-line poems for each page. You might want to practice a few times before reading aloud, however, as a few of the lines are quite a twist to the tongue. (I have yet to master "Hands on knees / leg raised slow" in tempo.) Though geared towards the young end of school-aged children, my toddler has been requesting this one a lot since it arrived. He is especially fond of yelling "Kiyah!" at the end. 

In addition to the story, Mia provides an author's note about sumo, as well as a two-page glossary of terms and illustrations about sumo and aikido. For kids interested in martial arts or learning more about Japanese-American culture, there is a lot of information in the backmatter. 

More about Multicultural Children's Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 (1/31/20) is in its 7th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators.  
Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues.

MCBD 2020  is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board

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Author Sponsor Link Cloud

Jerry Craft, A.R. Bey and Adventures in Boogieland, Eugina Chu & Brandon goes to Beijing, Kenneth Braswell & Fathers Incorporated, Maritza M. Mejia & Luz del mes_Mejia, Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry Blossom, SISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard, Josh Funk and HOW TO CODE A ROLLERCOASTER, Maya/Neel Adventures with Culture Groove,  Lauren Ranalli, The Little Green Monster: Cancer Magic! By Dr. Sharon Chappell, Phe Lang and Me On The Page, Afsaneh Moradian and Jamie is Jamie, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, TUMBLE CREEK PRESS, Nancy Tupper Ling, Author Gwen Jackson, Angeliki Pedersen & The Secrets Hidden Beneath the Palm Tree, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 by Mia Wenjen, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher (Founders of Inner Flower Child Books), Ann Morris & Do It Again!/¡Otra Vez!, Janet Balletta and Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Ocean, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo & Bruna Bailando por el Mundo\ Dancing Around the World, Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler Diaries, Sarah Jamila Stevenson, Tonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book Series, Teresa Robeson  & The Queen of Physics, Nadishka Aloysius and Roo The Little Red TukTuk, Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore & Stories by the Girlfriends Book Club, Finding My Way Books, Diana Huang & Intrepids, Five Enchanted Mermaids, Elizabeth Godley and Ribbon’s Traveling Castle, Anna Olswanger and Greenhorn, Danielle Wallace & My Big Brother Troy, Jocelyn Francisco and Little Yellow Jeepney, Mariana Llanos & Kutu, the Tiny Inca Princess/La Ă‘usta Diminuta, Sara Arnold & The Big Buna Bash, Roddie Simmons & Race 2 Rio, DuEwa Frazier & Alice’s Musical Debut, Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series  Green Kids Club, Inc.
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.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty Arab, Afsaneh Moradian, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Bethany Edward & Biracial Bookworms, Michelle Goetzl & Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Educators Spin on it, Shauna Hibbitts-creator of eNannylink, Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joel Leonidas & Descendant of Poseidon Reads {Philippines}, Imagination Soup, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Serge Smagarinsky {Australia}, Shoumi Sen, Jennifer Brunk & Spanish Playground, Katie Meadows and Youth Lit Reviews

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to review my debut picture book! It makes me so happy that your toddler likes it and yells Kiyah! at the end! Thank you also for your support of Multicultural Children's Book Day!!


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