I love finding new children’s books and being introduced to amazing authors who are working hard to change the way children perceive the world. So, when I was given the opportunity to review some books for Multicultural Children’s Book Day (January 27th, 2018), I jumped at the chance. I’m so glad I did, because I was paired with the talented Carole P. Roman, an award winning author and former teacher who helps break down barriers and gives children a chance to believe that they can achieve whatever they put their mind to in her mutli-cultural books.
Discovering the Writing of Carole P. Roman
Generosity and kindness are not only tenets that Roman emphasizes in her books, it’s who she is and how she lives. Instead of just sending one book, she gifted us with four amazingly diverse books that my daughter has devoured.
Can a Princess Be a Firefighter? is the story of a conversation between an adult and a child who curiously asks if princesses can also be firefighters. The heartwarming picture book is filled with encouragement and challenges the notion that people have to choose to be just one thing. While geared toward girls, the message that you can be whatever you want is also relevant for boys. Little Miss gives the book two thumbs up and I wholeheartedly agree. Be sure to make a princess crown to wear while reading it!
If You Were Me and Lived in France and If You Were Me and Lived in Australia are both award-winning books that are perfect for introducing elementary-age students to cultures around the world. The books talk about family life, food, and cultural celebrations that are unique to each country, while also making the reader feel that she is not so different from children in other countries. I wish I had known about this series of multi-cultural books a couple of years ago, as it would have been perfect for our homeschool geography and history lessons!
Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump, the fourth book that the author sent for us to review, was my personal favorite. Unlike the books above, Oh Susannah is a chapter book that’s perfect for kids who struggle with anxiety and fear. In the story, the main character is anxious about an upcoming sleepover, but observes how others handle their fear throughout the day. It’s an excellent example of how everyone has something to overcome. Little Miss sat and read it in one sitting, she was so enthralled with it! Two thumbs up from both of us for this one too!
Be sure to check out the MCBD website for more amazing multicultural books that teach children to love themselves for who they are. The #readyourworld movement is powerful and a light in our world when there seems to be so much focus on the things that make us different rather than the things that tie us together.
A warm, special THANK YOU to Carole P. Roman for sharing her books with us! You have found readers for life!
More About MCBD
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (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.
Current Sponsors: MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.
2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors
PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs
BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal Bowe, Gokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press
2018 Author Sponsors
Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo, Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and MFL Publishing Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham Author Natasha Yim
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!
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.