Sunday, January 20, 2019

#ReadYourWorld: It's Multicultural Children's Book Day 2019!




Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 is in its sixth year. It was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. 

The mission of Multicultural Children's Book Day is"to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries."

What are multicultural children's books?

Multicultural children’s books are:
  • Books that contain characters of color as well as main characters that represent a minority point of view.
  • Books written by an author of diversity or color from their perspective. Search #ownvoices to discover diverse books written by diverse authors.
  • Books that share ideas, stories, and information about cultures, race, religion, language, and traditions. These books can be non-fiction, but still written in a way that kids will find entertaining and informative.
  • Books that embrace special needs or even “hidden disabilities” like ADHD, ADD, and anxiety.

Celebrating diversity is a huge part of my job as a book blogger, librarian, and reader.

I'll never forget the first day I walked into my first library in Houston ISD, a school that was listed as over 80% Hispanic, with one third of the students enrolled in bilingual education. When I asked about books that were in Spanish, I was shown to a tiny section of three small bookshelves. How sad, I thought, and finding diverse books became my mission.

My second school library is located in the Texas Medical Center and is exceptionally diverse, with over fifty different languages spoken in the home. Again, I sought out books that were in all fifty languages, a very challenging job.

My third school library is in my hometown, and again I faced the job of finding books in Spanish for our large bilingual population. This school is a PreK-2 only school, and the importance of having many beautiful books in Spanish for young readers is critical.

How happy I am this year to be asked to review two books for young children in Spanish and English!




Travel around the Spanish-speaking world in ¡NĂºmeros, Baby! by Lisa Hall and Golzar Kheiltash. Every young child loves a counting book, and you couldn't find a more perfect counting book for young Spanish-speaking children than this. For very young children, the pictures and text work as an ideal book for counting in Spanish and English. For slightly older children, the pictures and text work as an introduction to Spanish culture around the world. In the book, children can experience intriguing sites and events in the native cultures of Peru (the Nazca Lines), Panama (Desfile de las Mil Polleras), Costa Rica (Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal), Bolivia (Salar de Uyuni), Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala (Festival de Barriletes Gigantes), Spain, and Argentina. All this in a little board book with only a few words of text on each page. Delightful!

For more information on the book, take a look at the Baby Ventures Books website or Amazon.








Tariq's mom had a baby, and Tariq is eager to share with his teacher and his class how the family celebrated the arrival of Tariq's new baby brother. The teacher decides to use this experience as a jumping-off point for the class to share the ways their diverse families celebrated the arrival of new babies in their cultures. One girl brings a little red egg, and explains that the red color is an offering of good luck to a new baby. A boy shares an aloe leaf with the other students who taste the bitterness of the leaf, and then offers a pot of honey to the children who then taste the sweetness, a lesson to the new baby that life can be both bitter and sweet. Many other traditions are shared in the story, and readers can enjoy learning about the many ways new babies are celebrated around the world. As an added bonus, this book is available in twenty-eight different languages. Finding a story about the beautiful diverse traditions of welcoming a new baby into the world that is available in so many different languages is a delight.



For more information about the book, take a look at Language Lizard or Amazon.



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

*View our 2019 Medallion Sponsors here: https://wp.me/P5tVud-
*View our 2019 MCBD Author Sponsors here: https://wp.me/P5tVud-2eN


Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book CouncilThe Junior Library GuildTheConsciousKid.org.

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone PublishingCarole P. RomanAuthor Charlotte RiggleHuda EssaThe Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge PublishingJudy Dodge CummingsAuthor Gwen JacksonKitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ LanguagesLee & Low BooksMiranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, RedfinAuthor Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s DaughterTimTimTom BooksLin ThomasSleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield,

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

Honorary: Julie FlettMehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet BallettaAuthor Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Josh FunkChitra SoundarOne Globe Kids – Friendship StoriesSociosights Press and Almost a MinyanKaren LeggettAuthor Eugenia ChuCultureGroove BooksPhelicia Lang and Me On The PageL.L. WaltersAuthor Sarah StevensonAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleHayley BarrettSonia PanigrahAuthor Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing DreidelsAuthor Susan BernardoMilind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu KidTara WilliamsVeronica AppletonAuthor Crystal BoweDr. Claudia MayAuthor/Illustrator Aram KimAuthor Sandra L. RichardsErin DealeyAuthor Sanya Whittaker GraggAuthor Elsa TakaokaEvelyn Sanchez-ToledoAnita BadhwarAuthor Sylvia LiuFeyi Fay AdventuresAuthor Ann MorrisAuthor Jacqueline JulesCeCe & Roxy BooksSandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceLEUYEN PHAMPadma VenkatramanPatricia Newman and Lightswitch LearningShoumi SenValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci SorellShereen RahmingBlythe StanfelChristina MatulaJulie RubiniPaula ChaseErin TwamleyAfsaneh MoradianLori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls RevolutionSoulful SydneyQueen 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 ArabAgatha Rodi BooksAll Done MonkeyBarefoot MommyBiracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms ShareColours of UsDiscovering the World Through My Son’s EyesDescendant of Poseidon ReadsEducators Spin on it Growing Book by BookHere Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin LeeJump Into a BookImagination Soup,Jenny Ward’s ClassKid World CitizenKristi’s Book NookThe LogonautsMama SmilesMiss Panda ChineseMulticultural Kid BlogsRaising Race Conscious ChildrenShoumi SenSpanish 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.

FREE RESOURCES From MCBD
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.




 Read Your World Music Video

 
Music Video: MCBD has its first ever music video! How cool is that? Thank you to Annie Lynn and Walt Wilcezewski for donating their time and expertise to create our first official Read Your World Music Video. View it here and you may see some familiar faces and books!

Multicultural Children's Book Day Poster

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Experimenting with Sweet Empanadas

I made my first batch of empanadas when I was sixteen. They were savory, with ground beef and olives and raisins, and I loved them. I make savory empanadas all the time.

Sweet empanadas? Nope, that's new to me. But when my d-in-law asked if I'd make some for a family gathering, I thought I'd experiment.

I tried two types of dough. One (left) was a traditional buttery pastry dough. The other (right) had a cream cheese base.


I used four kinds of fillings (l to r): pumpkin, blueberry, pineapple-jalapeno, and raspberry.


I sprinkled some with sugar, and I used an egg wash on others.








My conclusions? 
*I liked the pastry dough better than the cream cheese. 
*Of the four fillings, I liked the pineapple-jalapeno best. 
*And the sugar sprinkled empanadas were better than those that were egg-washed.

I will make these again.



For more wordless photos, go to Wordless Wednesday.

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by West Metro Mommy ReadsTo participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken and then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky at West Metro Mommy Reads.

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page. For more information, see the welcome post.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2018


Holly Black
I was not expecting a story with so much depth.
I wonder if her other books are as well written.



Barbara Pym
This book was my favorite book of 2018.
Slyly humorous. With a quietly bold main character.

Jane Austen
No excuse for this.



Travis Jonker
Don't you love it when a person you know publishes a book? 
And it turns out to be a wonderful book?



Juana Martinez-Neal
One of my favorite books of last year. 
Let's hope Ms. Martinez-Neal is busily writing away.



Meg Wolitzer
(embarrassed) I thought Meg Wolitzer wrote...uh-hem...romance novels.
I'm sorry, Meg.



Yasunari Kawabata
I have two more books of his awaiting me.



Gaston Leroux
I finally got around to Phantom of the Opera.



John Kennedy Toole
If you love New Orleans, you need to read this one.
You will never meet such a wonderful cast of characters.



Anton Chekhov
I hope to read more Chekhov later this year.





Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Reading, Quilting, Baking, and Taking Photos: My Week


It's two weeks after Christmas. Life has finally slowed down.


I've finished five more books for the week. I like it that I've been reading a nice variety of genres: poetry, adult fantasy, classic children's fiction, adult mystery, and children's mystery.


Oddly, all the books I'm reading currently are on my phone:


I'm primarily reading Anna Karenina and Don Quixote, but I'm also browsing through lots of baking books.

I plan to start these two books-for-review today: A Year in Paris and The Simple Art of Flying.



I'm pretty happy with my first loaf using my sourdough. I'll be trying this again later in the week.



My sister gave me a fabulous tutorial on the camera she loaned me. Now I just need to spend some time practicing.


I'm starting work on a quilt for my grandson Wyatt, due to arrive in March. I'm going to do a patchwork similar to the heart quilt I made a long time ago, but I plan to use deer silhouettes rather than hearts. I'm working now to gather the fabric.



I tend to use my morning yogurt as a fortune teller. I shall use this as a prediction for my week.







What are you reading today?




What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've
wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound
 journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens
at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their
own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly,
mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read”
book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted at The Book Date.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A Second Snow in 2018

I can hear you folks in Colorado and Chicago snickering. Okay, okay, it probably wouldn't even count in most places, but this is the Texas Gulf Coast, guys, and it was our second snowfall in one winter.





I'm counting it.




For more wordless photos, go to Wordless Wednesday.

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by West Metro Mommy ReadsTo participate in Saturday Snapshot: post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken and then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky at West Metro Mommy Reads.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

New Releases I Want to Read in Early 2019

It's a long list....

Fiction



Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna
Unmarriageable: Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan
Angie Thomas' new book, On the Come Up
Elizabeth McCracken's Bowlaway
The Wicked King by Holly Black
In Paris With You



Essays


The creator of the comic Cathy has a book of essays.



Nonfiction





How about this for a title: I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening)
The Next Right Thing: A Simple Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions
Brain Pickings author Maria Popova has a book, Figuring
Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis
The Happiness Project's Gretchen Rubin has Outer Order Inner Calm
The Art of Simple Living: 100 Simple Practices from a Japanese Monk for a Lifetime of Calm and Joy
Buzz Sting Bite: Why We Need Insects
Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves
Jill Abramson's Merchants of Truth
An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago






Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

New Year, New Ventures

It's a new year. I'm trying some new things.

I hope you noticed the header is reworked.

I'm checking my Blogger and Wordpress Reader each morning, and visiting blogs.


I'm now reading two huge books. I started Anna Karenina for my Classics Club list in December, but how could I resist reading along in Don Quixote in the Chapter-A-Day group?

I set my 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge at 100, and I've already read six books:


My Goodreads list is here, if you'd like to see more.



I've started my new journal for the year. I hope to write every day for ten minutes.


I want to learn about the camera my sister loaned me. I'm starting by trying to learn about the aperture and the shutter speed. 


I am going to continue to explore the world of baking. Last week I made sweet empanadas, and I started a mix of sourdough.

I hope to continue to walk twice a week and go to yoga twice a week.

Last week I posted:
The Cybils Finalists: The Best Children's Books of 2018
My One Word: Play
Best Books I Read in 2018
My First Book of 2019

I also compiled a lengthy book memes list. Check it out, and maybe you will try something new for 2019.


Did you make resolutions this year? 
What goals are you trying to meet? 
What are you reading today?




What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've
wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound
 journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens
at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their
own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly,
mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read”
book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted at The Book Date.