Welcome to the 2016 Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Today I’m privileged to share with you four new picture book titles from Lee and Low, a publisher known for diversity in subject and author.
The mission of Multicultural Children’s Book Day #ReadYourWorld is to:
1) raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity and
2) get more of those books into classrooms and libraries.
Lee & Low Picture Books with Diversity
Maya’s Blanket / La Manta de Maya by Monica Brown, illustrated by David Diaz is a warm-hearted story with brilliant illustrations about a little girl whose favorite blanket is wearing out. (This happened to my daughter’s favorite blanket, too!)
Maya’s grandmother helps her keep her blanket with her magical creativity. She makes the blanket live new lives by using the material to remake it into a skirt, then a shawl, then a scarf, then a hair tie, and lastly, a bookmark.
Maya experiences new, wonderful adventures with each reincarnation of her blanket. We see the richness of her life and her imagination. We also learn the words for each version of her blanket in Spanish.
The book is also written side-by-side in Spanish. Readers can read the story in either or both languages.
Use the material scraps to make a la cinta (hair tie) and el marcador de libros (bookmark).
Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
Poems capture a young girl’s discovery of her mother’s memory box filled with poems about the many places she lived. The girl reader her mother’s poem and writes poems of her own as she reflects on the memories. You may recognize the places shared in the book — I know we loved seeing recognizable places (Garden of the Gods, Colorado) including places we want to visit one day (Accotink Bay, Virginia).
Make a memory box of poems. Write poems about your life with the date on each one. Save!
The Story I’ll Tell by Nancy Tupper Ling, illustrated by Jessica Lanan
This beautiful adoption story picture book book with beautiful blues and yellow watercolor illustrations shares the many possible stories a mom might tell her child when he asks from where he came. Maybe, she’ll say, he arrived on a hot air balloon from a land far away, or maybe an angel trailed by lanterns brought him, or maybe he was found in her tiger lilies in the garden. Of course the truth is a beautiful story, too says the mother. “I will tell you how we gathered you in a silk blanket and flew on wings through the sky. Your eyes sparkled like the ocean below, and your hands fluttered as clouds passed by.”
Practice your own imaginative storytelling. Use storytelling cards for prompts. Talk about true stories and fiction stories. Tell both!
Amazing Places Poems Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrations by Chris Soentpiet and Christy Hale
Discover amazing places within the United States in this collection of poems about each location. From Denali National Park in Alaska to The Ringling Circus Museum in Florida, this book is sure to spark traveling mojo as well as introduce children to excellent poets such as Alma Flor Ada, Jaime Adoff, Joseph Bruchac, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Nikki Grimes, J. Patrick Lewis, Jane Medina, and Linda Sue Park.
Use the map in the book or a travel atlas of your own and find all the locations mentioned in the poems.
More Multicultural Children’s Book Day Info
Visit the Co-Hosts:
All Done Monkey, Crafty Moms Share, Educators Spin on it, Growing Book by Book, Imagination Soup, I’m Not the Nanny, InCultural Parent, Kid World Citizen, Mama Smiles, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Spanish Playground
Visit the Sponsors:
Honorary: The Junior Library Guild
Lisa Yee, Joseph Bruchac, Jacqueline Jules, Valerie Tripp, Debbie Dadey, Todd DeBonis, María de Lourdes Victoria, Sherrill Cannon, Pack-n-Go Girls®, D.G. Driver, Janet Balletta, J. J. Parsons, Charlotte Riggle, Miranda Paul, Leza Lowitz, Ann Berlak, Marti Dumas, Carl Gundestrup, Carole P. Roman, Cathleen Burnham, Heidi Smith Hyde, Greg Ransom, Keila Dawson, Stephanie Workman, Gloria D. Gonsalves, Stephen Hodges, Quentin Holmes, Jeaninne Escallier Kato, Karl Beckstrand, Francesca Fost, P.J. LaRue, Francesca Forrest, Diana Lee Santamaria, Terrie Hoops, Cerece Rennie Murphy, Z. Altug, Holiday House Publishing, Maria Dismondy, Michael Smith, Icy Smith, Aphrodyi Antoine, Elsa Takaoka, Erik Niel, Marimba Books, Karen Leggett Abouraya, Shout Mouse Press, KaneMiller EDC Publishing, Shweta Aggarwal, Durga Yael Bernhard, LorRonCo, Heather Goetz, Dania Ramos.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day, January 27th
Twitter Party: Huge diversity book giveaway planned during #ReadYourWorld Twitter Party from 9-10pm EST (on the 27th). Discussion on state of diversity books for kids.
Win Packages of Diversity Books for Kids
Wednesday, January 27th
9:00 pm -10 pm EST
Free hardcover diversity book for teachers’ classroom. library provided by the Junior Library Guild.
Free downloadable Multicultural Children’s Book Day poster designed by illustrator Robert Liu-Trujillo.
Diversity Book Lists and Resources for Educators and Parents are now available.
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