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Book Review: 2019 Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Book Review: 2019 Multicultural Children’s Book Day Posted on January 22, 2019Leave a comment

A couple of years ago I helped review a couple of books for the Multicultural Children’s Book Day event and I remembered the positive impact it had in our home. I loved how it opened our eyes and helped us to connect with the world we live in. One of the things I try to do on this blog is share more books and experiences that are culturally significant and diverse. Which is why this year I am happy to participate in this year’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day. This year I was selected to share What the Wind Can Tell You and ABC, Now I Know Common Disabilities with you!

Book One: ABC, Now I Know Common Disabilities

Children's picture book: ABC, Now I Know Common Disabilities

ABC, Now I Know Common Disabilities is a picture book that celebrates different-abled children and what makes each of them unique. This book is for elementary aged kids to understand why other kids in their communities might look and act different than them. The author hopes by reading this book children will be more aware and will be encouraged to include other children. Note: of the 26 letters in the alphabet, 4 were not specifically related to a disability a child may be struggling with. However I didn’t feel it took away for the message of the book. Take a look on my Instagram for a quick peek inside: Keep on Winking-Read Your World

This picture book was gifted to me by Elsie Guerrero. You can read more about Elsie on her Author Page.

Book Two: What the Wind Can Tell You

Isabelle Perez has an older brother, Julian, who she adores. Julian faces a life in a wheel chair because of his frequent seizures. Consequently it leads people to see his limitations, but not Isabelle. Even though her life is dictated by Julian’s medical needs, she sees and believes in Julian’s potential. But is it enough? Then one night she enters a magical realm called Las Brisas, where she learns to embrace Julian and overcome her own fears.

Reading this book can lead to some wonderful conversations about what to do when you meet someone with this disability. Learn more about the different kinds of epilepsy and how to take care of someone with seizures through the CDC: About Epilepsy. It can also inspire your child to explore wind energies. Beware! They may want to recreate the science experiment!

Sarah Marie A. Jette’s What the Wind Can Tell You is a well written fiction for the 9-14 year old reader. It does an excellent job of showing there is a person behind the disability. I am personally in awe of the beautiful story telling and loved the inclusion of the family’s Mexican-American culture throughout the book! When I was a little girl, I witnessed my uncle’s seizures. There wasn’t much to read or understand about what was happening. The only thing we had were my grandparent’s guidance in what to do for my uncle in those critical moments. I have to admit. At times it was overwhelming and little scary. Over time I learned to be ready to assist and how to behave in an emergency. I can say wholeheartedly that I wish I had a book like this!

Even if you don’t have anyone in your life that deals with epilepsy directly, I feel this book is an important read. According to the World Health Organization, Approximately 50 million people currently live with epilepsy worldwide and …
an estimated 2.4 million people are diagnosed with epilepsy each year.
Which means this book is long overdue in mainstream literature. With it’s gentle approach to peeking behind the curtain, this book is a perfect introduction.

I had the pleasure of sharing this book with you because it was kindly gifted to me by Islandport Press. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter. You might also enjoy getting to know the author by reading this Q & A: Sarah Marie A. Jette.


Free Multicultural Books for Teachers:

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians, and Educators:

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th 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 homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents, and educators.

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board

Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book Council, The Junior Library Guild,

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat Babies, Candlewick Press, Chickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcito, KidLitTV, Lerner Publishing Group, Plum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone Publishing, Carole P. Roman, Author Charlotte Riggle, Huda Essa, The Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge Publishing, Judy Dodge Cummings, Author Gwen Jackson, Kitaab World, Language Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ Languages, Lee & Low Books, Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, Redfin, Author Gayle H. Swift, T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s Daughter, TimTimTom Books, Lin Thomas, Sleeping Bear Press/Dow Phumiruk, Vivian Kirkfield,

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

Honorary: Julie Flett, Mehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet Balletta, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Josh Funk, Chitra Soundar, One Globe Kids – Friendship Stories, Sociosights Press and Almost a Minyan, Karen Leggett, Author Eugenia Chu, CultureGroove Books, Phelicia Lang and Me On The Page, L.L. Walters, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Hayley Barrett, Sonia Panigrah, Author Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing Dreidels, Author Susan Bernardo, Milind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu Kid, Tara Williams, Veronica Appleton, Author Crystal Bowe, Dr. Claudia May, Author/Illustrator Aram Kim, Author Sandra L. Richards, Erin Dealey, Author Sanya Whittaker Gragg, Author Elsa Takaoka, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo, Anita Badhwar, Author Sylvia Liu, Feyi Fay Adventures, Author Ann Morris, Author Jacqueline Jules, CeCe & Roxy Books, Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, LEUYEN PHAM, Padma Venkatraman, Patricia Newman and Lightswitch Learning, Shoumi Sen, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci Sorell, Shereen Rahming, Blythe Stanfel, Christina Matula, Julie Rubini, Paula Chase, Erin Twamley, Afsaneh Moradian, Claudia Schwam, Lori DeMonia, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls Revolution, Soulful Sydney, Queen Girls Publications, LLC

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, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Biracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Descendant of Poseidon Reads, Educators Spin on it, Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin Lee, Jump Into a Book, Imagination Soup, Jenny Ward’s Class, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Raising Race Conscious Children, Shoumi Sen, Spanish Playground

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media!

MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party. GO HERE for more details.

We will be giving away Book Bundles every 5 minutes!

Twitter Party Details:

When: Friday, January 25th

Time: 9 pm to 10 pm EST

Where: On Twitter! Follow McChildsBookDay to participate

Hashtag: #ReadYourWorld

Sponsored By: Make A Way Media

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