It’s time to celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day. This year the girls and I got to review two wonderful books, and I can’t wait to share them with you.
Teaching our children about different cultures has always been a priority for my husband and myself. I was super excited when I heard about the annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it for the second year in a row. I’m joining hundreds of book lovers across the web, and sharing reviews on books that represent different people, cultures, and events around the world. If you’re curious about the book we reviewed last year, you can read the review here.
Martin Luther King, The Peaceful Warrior
Written By: Ed Clayton
Illustrated By: Donald Bermudez
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Age Range: 8 – 12
Grade Level: 3 – 7
This was the perfect book for our family, as we’ve been making our way through both American history and African American history. What we loved about The Peaceful Warrior was the introduction to the King family, beginning with Dr. King’s grandfather. Understanding the family’s background, and struggles due to a lack of education as well as unfair treatment really connected us to Dr. King, and his deep desire for equal treatment of the black community.
This book was very easy to read, and hard to put down. We intended to spend a week both reading and discussing, however the topics the book addresses are presented in manner that’s easy to understand. The Peacefull Warrior prompted some serious research on the King family, the Civil Rights Movement, peaceful protests and Dr. King’s speeches.
Martin Luther King The Peaceful Warrior is a great way to introduce anyone to not only Dr. King’s legacy, but also to the Civil Rights Movement.
The Wooden Camel
Written By: Wanuri Kahiu
Illustrated By: Manuela Adreani
Publisher: Lantana Publishing
Age Range: 4 – 8
Grade Level: 1 -2
I read this book with my 2 year old nieces on the day I received it. They are both beginning to talk, learning to sit still for short periods of time, and love to repeat anything they hear, so the Wooden Camel was a perfect fit.
The Wooden Camel tells the story of Etabo, a young boy who dreams of one day racing camels. His family is faced with financial hardship, which eventually affects Etabo’s dream. His sister Akiru takes matters into her own hands, and helps Etabo live his dream after all.
The Wooden Camel was easy to understand, even for my little nieces. We enjoyed the illustrations, which really complimented the story.
I then shared the book with my 10 and 12 year old girls. Both enjoyed the story, which prompted some research into the ancient tradition, and now modern sport of camel racing.
Fun Stuff You Don’t Want to Miss
The Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children’s Books for Parents and Educators ebook will be FREE through January 30th.
Check out this site, for free MCBD coloring sheet and bookmark downloads.
Head to MCBD blog for dozens of diverse book giveaways.
About Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (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.
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/
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