Critters And Crayons is thrilled to participate in Multicultural Children’s Book Day to celebrate diversity in literature this year! In addition to many fellow bloggers who are supporting the event this year, MCCBD has been made possible because of the following great sponsors!
MCCBD’s 2015 Sponsors include Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global Bookshop, Gold Sponsors: Satya House, MulticulturalKids.com, Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic Poof, Silver Sponsors: Junior Library Guild, Capstone Publishing, Lee and Low Books, The Omnibus Publishing. Bronze Sponsors:Double Dutch Dolls, Bliss Group Books, Snuggle with Picture Books Publishing, Rainbow Books, Author FeliciaCapers, Chronicle Books Muslim Writers Publishing ,East West Discovery Press.
Our family was thrilled to receive the book, The Rainbow Files Book #1: The Day I Was The Only Kid In School , a very fun book that sparked meaningful conversation and great laughs.
We sat down on a rainy day to read the book together. Our second grade daughter started the reading by exclaiming that she knew it would be a fun book because she had already done a “Picture Walk”!
Before reading the story, we read the prologue about the authors, Maria T. and April E. Kelly. They are a mother-daughter team who worked together on the story. Maria’s young daughter, April, collaborated on the story as she and her mom made up bedtime stories during Maria’s active cancer treatment.
The main theme of this book (without giving away too many spoilers) centers on the loneliness (or the even more accurate term used by Maria to describe what her daughter felt during that cancer treatment process, “aloneness”) that a child can feel.
There were many points of laughter for the kids as we wandered through the odd-awful-turned-very-memorable day of the third grade narrator who winds up being the only child at school one day. The perspective was child-relatable, and the storytelling was full of unexpected turns and details that delighted the kids.
When I asked them what their favorite parts of the story were, they loved hearing about how a student became the teacher, and taught all of the teachers how to finally do their hair and make-up. They also loved all of the fun sounds in the book, which aided enthusiastic storytelling through onomatopoetic literary devices throughout the story.
This has been a fantastic experience. When I asked the kids if they were glad to participate in the event and to read The Day I Was The Only Kid In School, they agreed that it was awesome. My Kindergartener and Second Grader definitely recommend this book for other kids!
HAPPY MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY!
If you want to learn more about Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD), and have a chance to win some great book packages, please take a look at the information below!
To find more information via social media, be sure to use hashtag: #ReadYourWorld
TWITTER PARTY & WIN 10 BOOK PACKAGES!
Join the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party on Jan 27th 9:00pm and use hashtag: #ReadYourWorld to win 10 book packages!
CHECK OUT THE MCCBD BLOG!
Find Author interviews and more on the MCCBD blog here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/blog/
A BOOK GIVEAWAY!
Platinum Sponsor Wisdom Tales Press is hosting a book giveaway on their website that anyone can enter. Winner will receive 6 Wisdom Tales Books of their choice. Book #giveaway at Wisdom Tales Press! Winner will receive 6 Wisdom Tales Books of their choice. #ReadYourWorld http://ow.ly/Hr0MC
THE MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY ONLINE PAPER!
-MCCBD now has it’s own Paper.li! A Paper.li is a free online newspaper that aggregates information on the topic of multicultural books for kids from all over the Internet. Please feel free subscribe and stay up-to-date with this topic.