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The official MCBD2019 poster courtesy of author/illustrator, Julie Flett, is ready to take the world by storm! Needless to say, this poster’s beauty blew us away. Go here to read Julie’s story and download a copy for your reading area, library or classroom. A huge THANK YOU to Julie for lending her talents to create the masterpiece that is our official poster for 2019!
Mehrdokht Amini is an Iranian-British children’s book illustrator living in England. She graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from Tehran University and has worked as an illustrator for both educational and mainstream publishers ever since.
Mehrdokht loves working with publishers who are interested in cultural diversity because it gives her an excellent opportunity to undertake a close study of different cultures and communities, gain a better understanding of those cultures and appreciate people of different backgrounds to her own.
A HUGE “Thank You!” to Mehrdokht Amini for creating the poster for the 2018/2019
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Janet is a full-time educator and part-time bilingual children’s books author, advocator, and promoter. Her books are about Hispanic legends that teach a strong message of family values, traditions, and culture. Janet currently has two books available in English and Spanish and just published her third book, Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Ocean.
Marlene and her six mermaid sisters are on a mission to save the oceans from mankind’s pollution. One mermaid is assigned to each of the Seven Continents to protect the surrounding oceans. Together the seven mermaid sisters take care of the sea animals and raise awareness on water pollution, conservation, and recycling around the world. The story is fiction but builds an important bridge for young children to connect with real environmental issues occurring in Florida and around the world. Join the movement of these mermaids on a mission to preserve the lakes, rivers, and oceans of the blue planet for future generations.
Her books The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid, The Legend of Roberto Cofresi – Puerto Rican Hero and La Leyenda de Roberto Cofresi – Un héreo de Puerto Rico have won numerous awards including:
2015 Mariposa International Latino Book Awards
2015, 2016 & 2017 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards
2016 & 2017 International Latino Book Awards
Kathleen Burkinshaw is a Japanese American author residing in Charlotte, NC. She’s a wife, mom to a daughter in college, and owns a dog who is a kitchen ninja. She has presented her mother’s experience in Hiroshima to middle and high schools for the past 8 years. Writing historical fiction also satisfies her obsessive love of researching anything and everything. The Last Cherry Blossom, is recently nominated for NC School Library Media Association YA Book Award, recently nominated 2019-2020 Volunteer State Book Award, 2018 & 2016 Scholastic WNDB Reading Club selection, 2016 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist (southeast region), nominated for both the NC Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award and the 2018 Sakura Medal in Japan
Josh Funk writes silly stories and somehow tricks people into publishing them as books including It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, Dear Dragon, Pirasaurs!, Albie Newton, How to Code a Sandcastle, Lost in the Library, and more.
His book, How to Code a Sandcastle has won numerous awards including the 2018 Summer Indie Kids’ Next List Selection.
Pearl and her trusty rust-proof robot, Pascal, need to build a sandcastle before summer vacation is over, and they’re going to do it using code. Pearl breaks the big we-need-a-sandcastle problem into smaller steps, then uses conditionals, loops, and other basic coding concepts to tell Pascal exactly what to do. But building a sandcastle isn’t as easy as it sounds when surfboards, mischievous dogs, and coding mishaps get in the way Just when it looks like the sandcastle might never work, Pearl uses her coding skills to save the day and create something even better: a gorgeous sandcastle kingdom.
Globe Smart Kids, Inc. is an American 501©3 non-profit organization with the mission to make the foreign feel familiar to children worldwide. We use storytelling, technology, and research to move children beyond prejudice and toward mutual liking and friendship outside their familiar bubbles. Our main program is One Globe Kids.
What if you could travel the world all by yourself? Without a grown-up. Without luggage. Without a plane ticket or a long bus ride. And what if, in every country you visit, a new friend is waiting to show you around? If that sounds like fun, then come along and explore the world with One Globe Kids!
One Globe Kids is an award-winning virtual library of global non-fiction stories and friendship activities for children 4 – 10 years old. Children can currently read and/or listen to friends in Haiti, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Burundi, New York City and Israel. They can practice speaking new languages and draw comparisons between their lives. One Globe Kids enables young children to experience friendship beyond geographic, linguistic and other boundaries that limit their connection with diversity.
Current One Globe Kids virtual library of global friendship stories:
- My Haiti – Valdo
- My Haiti – Gabou
- My NYC – Luna
- My NYC – Lucian
- My Burundi – Jenissa
- My Israel – Maya
- My Netherlands – Lars
- My Netherlands – Floor
- My Indonesia – Larasati
- My Indonesia – Aji
Access the stories via iOS app for iPhone or iPad or by computer via www.oneglobekids.org. Stories come with friendship activities, a standards-aligned ELA curriculum for K-2 and lots of activities for at home and in the classroom. They are also the proud recipients of the following awards:
- Ehon Digital Education Materials Award, Japan
- Finalist Early Years Excellence Awards, UK
- Academics’ Choice Award for Smart Media, USA
- Education App store5-starr Award, UK
- Ashoka Re-imagine Learning Challenge Pacesetter – #play2learn
- Scholastic – One of 6 best Social Studies apps & 50 awesome apps for teachers, USA
Joy and Sadness in a Charming Children’s Tale of Jewish Faith. The inspiration for this unique diverse picture book for kids was a long time in the making. Lori S. Kline, the author of Almost a Minyan, originally penned the book 30 years ago; around the time she moved to Austin, Texas.
Chosen as the Children’s Book Pick for 2017 by the Jewish Women’s Archive, Almost a Minyan is a delightful children’s book that will have a special appeal for girls and their brothers in Jewish households across the spectrum from Orthodox to secular. Aside from being vibrant and beautiful, Almost a Minyan contains both Hebrew and Yiddish words and has a glossary, so it’s an excellent teaching tool and introduction to Judaism.
Karen is a journalist who spent many years as a news broadcaster in Washington, D.C., reviewing children’s books before writing them. She reviewed children’s books and interviewed authors for the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, Children’s Literature, Washington Parent and others. She has written for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Voice of America, International Educator magazine and more. She has led Skype sessions between American and Egyptian children and presented workshops for teachers and librarians on using picture books to build global awareness. Karen is a former president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C.
Hands Around the Library – hardback, English and Arabic, Malala – paperback, hardback, eBook
Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012 3rd – 5th grades
Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words
Lee & Low (February 2019) 3rd – 5th grades, Spanish and English
2013 Arab American Book Award
2013 Notable Social Studies Trade Books
2013 Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books
2013 Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices
Facebook, Twitter, website.
Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) is about a little Chinese-American boy named Brandon who gets a surprise visit from his grandma from China, Pó Po (婆婆). While Brandon and Pó Po (婆婆) are making Chinese dumplings, called jiǎo zi (餃子), Brandon makes a mess and he and Pó Po (婆婆) have a good laugh! They chat and bond over the experience. Then Brandon eats and eats and eats and makes a surprise at the end that delights the whole family! This story includes some conversational Mandarin Chinese (including Pinyin – pronunciation) and is written the way a real Chinese grandmother and her Chinese-American grandson would speak with each other. It is a fun read for families with children who are learning or are interested in, Mandarin or Chinese culture.
Eugenia Chu is an attorney, turned stay-at-home mom, turned writer. She is a first generation Chinese-American citizen who lives in Miami with her husband and son, Brandon. Brandon is the inspiration for her stories because when he was very little Eugenia couldn’t find children’s storybooks to read to him that touched upon Chinese culture and included some Chinese (Mandarin) words to teach and/or reinforce his Chinese vocabulary. Her solution? She started writing her own. Read more of Eugenia’s story on her website or connect with her on Goodreads.
Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series by Ajanta & Vivek takes kids to a journey across India as they experience festivals, cities, food, music, dance and everything else that makes the Indian culture so vibrant and joyful!
The series has 7 titles so far including festivals such as Diwali, Holi, Ramadan/Eid etc. regions such as Mumbai, Delhi and even one on Indian wedding! The books provide an in-depth view via fun and engaging content!
Ajanta & Vivek also teach fun multicultural content via their YouTube channel whose goal is to provide Cultural Screen Time and includes animations, dance-along videos, trip to Indian stores and more.
CultureGroove’s vibrant books include Let’s Celebrate Holi! (Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series), Let’s Celebrate Ramadan & Eid! (Muslim Festival of Fasting & Sweets), Let’s Celebrate Navratri! (Nine Nights of Dancing & Fun) Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali! (Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series), Let’s Visit Mumbai! (Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series) and more!
Me On The Page Publishing creates materials, sponsors events and publishes books to support building healthy and strong African American Families. Our vision is simple: to provide and promote what is true, healthy and good in presence and communications.
Me On the Page originated from the challenges experienced in finding books and materials that were engaging and reflected children of color in a positive light. Creator Phelicia Lang researched and sought materials across the nation to help fill this void and to build healthy self-esteem in her own children, and later her own students.
The concept of Me On the Page evolved from these challenges and the foundational beliefs, that stories do matter and diverse points of view deserve to be heard.
Providing children with access to engaging literature, where they can see positive reflections of their lives helps to develop healthy self/cultural concepts. Good literature will not only help them to develop a healthy self-concept, it will provide a window which they can look through to see other worlds and other points of view.
The “ELVES UP NORTH” is an interactive Christmas book which allows the reader to “adapt” the storyline to create different experiences each time. It can be read like a chapter bedtime story or out loud to groups.
The viewpoint is “you”, as you are asked to answer yes or no, complete small or big tasks.
A wizard, named ‘the Maestro’ asks for your help to find out why Castor the Elf is sad this season. If you agree, he will whisk you ‘Up North’. There, you meet Misty the Mouse and the Elves of Table 12. With Multicultural and characters with special needs, as the reviewer quoted, “It’s the first time Santa’s workshop shows the “real” world!” More than that, it is a story of friendship, of how important it is for everyone to feel like they belong and of how sometimes, the closest friends can even become family.
It’s up to you, Misty the mouse, the Elves of Table 12 and of course Santa, to save the day!
When not writing Lori can be found spoiling her three multicultural grandchildren. “I dream of a time when everyone is accepted as they are, for everyone deserves to feel like they belong. Although most of my books are classified for children, they are written for all ages, so kids and grandparents alike can enjoy. My goal is to build a bridge between us all while leaving behind a trail of smiles to remember along the way.”
Sarah Jamila Stevenson is a writer, artist, editor and graphic designer in Northern California. She is the author of three YA novels: THE LATTE REBELLION (Flux, 2011), UNDERNEATH (Flux, 2013) and THE TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD (Flux, 2014). Her first novel for young adults, THE LATTE REBELLION, was a Scholastic Book Club pick as well as an IPPY Bronze Medalist in Multicultural Children’s Fiction. Her work has been featured on Capital Public Radio’s Insight and NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin. She is also an active blogger: since 2005 she has been posting children’s literature reviews and information at Finding Wonderland (writingya.blogspot.com), a blog she shares with fellow young adult author Tanita S. Davis, and she is a regular participant in the Cybils Awards.
Sarah’s books have also won many awards including the IPPY Bronze Medal – Children’s Multicultural Fiction, Florida Teens Read List 2013 – 2014, Scholastic Book Club Selection, Third Prize, 2005 Smartwriters Write It Now short story contest for YA fiction and the Haworth Prize in Young Adult Fiction, Mills College, 2004.
Kimberly is an educator and an author who has taught college students for over 25 years. in 2018, she was the recipient of a Stanford GSE Alumni Excellence in Education Award.
Her book, LaDonna Plays Hoops, is published by MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing and is available on Amazon and Barnes-n-Noble. LaDonna Plays Hoops is an inspirational and contemporary story of a young, African-American girl who goes to visit her grandma for a family reunion. While there, she tries to become the family hoops star. She wonders if she has the skill and the will. The story presents subtle, everyday events that teach life lessons.
She has a BA in Psychology and Music from the University of Redlands and has co-authored several textbooks. Kimberly has also been writing children’s books for a while and LaDonna Plays Hoops is her first published work. I also co-author textbooks. I have a BA in Psychology and Music from the University of Redlands.
For her day job, Kimberly has a PhD for Stanford University in Child and Adolescent Development. She is also a professor of Child Development at Sacramento State in California and a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Psychological Association. She is also a proud member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
About Nina the Neighborhood Ninja / Nina la Ninja del Vecindario
Nina’s a girl who takes charge. She uses her brain and her muscles to complete rescue missions. She doesn’t mind getting dirty and climbing trees. It’s all part of the life of the everyday girl superhero. Through a narrative and interactive questions, young readers are encouraged to recognize that the traits of being smart, strong, and speedy exist within themselves. Young girls will find this book to be a positive affirmation that they too can be superheroes. They always have been. Perfect for ages 3-6 and available in English and Spanish.
Author Sonia Panigrahy (Pah-Nee-Grah-Hee), is a public health professional, world traveler, adventure seeker, and fitness enthusiast. Her motto is that life is too short to be bored! Nina the Neighborhood Ninja was created out of Sonia’s lifelong love of reading. As her family and friends begin to have children, she looked forward to sharing this love with them. She believes that books are a powerful way to empower impressionable young minds.
Sonia was surprised that she could not find books for kids ages 3-6 years that realistically identified females as intelligent, physically tough, brave, and adventurous. She was disappointed that girls continue to be excluded from the heart of the superhero story. After unsuccessful attempts to find a young girl superhero protagonist on the pages of a book, especially one of color, she gave up. Then she created her own.
Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story (Illustrator Pieter Els)
Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day is a multigenre fiction story based on a nonfiction annual event, the adoption day celebration sometimes called “airplane day” or “gotcha day.” This is the story of how an adult aunt adopted from South Korea fits in an otherwise white family in Minnesota in the United States. It is meant for the young family relatives to help them understand how a family could have racial diversity. Celebrations such as airplane day and gotcha day are a good way to help family members with such memories. Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day comes in three different reading formats; paperback, Kindle Paperwhite, eBook, and Kindle Fire interactive eBook. This book will appeal to kids in the Pre-K through Grade 2 age group. Carolyn also offers a free “Gotcha Day” printable for educators and parents.
Carolyn Wilhelm has been writing mostly free lessons for teachers online since 1988. Carolyn is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), which has published four of her lessons on ReadWriteThink.org. Her educational resources are for sale on Teachers Pay Teachers as well as Teacher’s Notebook. Previous publications include a story in an anthology Mom for the Holidays: Stories of Love, Laughter & Tantrums at Christmas & Hanukkah by Nolan and Demas.
Dancing Dreidels is a delightful story of Rebecca and her four favorite dreidels, Sheila Shin, Gail Gimmel, Harry Hey, and Neil Nun. Rebecca waits for this holiday every year when the family gathers to celebrate. The smells of yummy foods fill the air. Singing, dancing, and the lighting of the menorah take center stage until it is time for the dreidels to spin for the evening’s grand finale. But, Sheila can’t stop falling down. Will Sheila be able to ‘dance’ at the Hanukkah party? A dreidel is a pointed four-sided spinning top,
played with at Hanukkah.
“Dancing Dreidels is a charming, inspirational and educational story that beautifully shares the wonders of Hanukkah with young readers and their families.”
Alva Sachs writes stories to empower, engage, and excite children to read for the love of reading. Stories that encourage children to explore their relationship with family, friends and the world around them create a wider understanding of themselves and others. Her books along with the illustrations by Patricia Krebs inspire and complement the themes of being a child as they grow into their own self-awareness.
Author Susan Schaefer Bernardo and illustrator Courtenay Fletcher met in a local Mommy and Me class 12 years ago when their kids were tots. They indie published their first book Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs together in 2012 to reassure children coping with loss and separation — now they are a dynamic duo committed to creating books to heal and inspire children of all ages!
Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs is a timeless picture book with a powerful message: love is forever. It’s a wonderful bedtime book for any child, but especially helpful for children grieving a loss or coping with separation anxiety for any reason (divorce, deployment, foster care, etc). Soothing, lyrical text and heartwarming illustrations portray a diverse spectrum of children, engaged in joyful activities in nature.
The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm In 2014, they collaborated with LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) on a picture book to help children cope with trauma and turbulent emotions. The Rhino book is a valuable resource for families, therapists and Child Life specialists, and has been read aloud by Michelle Obama. It was also sent via rocket to the International Space Station for an innovative STEAM program called Storytime from Space.
The Big Adventures of Tiny House Their latest picture book tells the story of Tiny, an old farmhouse that is recycled into a tiny house on wheels and sets off across America. It’s a celebration of the meaning of home – and following your heart to a life that is big and amazing…no matter what size or shape you are.
Upcoming releases include Bernardo’s first novel Inspired (February 2018), a book intended to empower and encourage tween and teen girls, and a picture book biography of Theophile Steinlen entitled The Artist Who Loved Cats (Spring 2018). Find healing art activities and more information at www.sunkissesmoonhugs.com.
Milind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu Kid
Milind Makwana grew up in Mumbai, India and moved to USA. He is a Software engineer working in Silicon Valley and is passionate about learning & teaching Hindu Dharma to younger kids growing up in the USA.
His daughter Yagnee inspired him to write his first book. He credits Hindu Swayam Sevak Sangh for being the guiding force in his Life, where he also has been volunteering from past 12+ years.
His maiden book “A Day in Life of a Hindu kid” has received 5-star reviews on Amazon. It’s a unique short poem book which teaches selected Hindu mantras to the Kids by taking them through the daily activity of two American born Hindu Kids. Both the Hindi and English version of the mantras are provided along with their meaning in English to help the Kids learn them easily. With simple rhyming words and amazing full-page illustrations, this book is must-have for kids in the age group of 3-8 years.
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Angel Friends: Let Your Smile Shine is an inspiring story about friendship, kindness, resilience, bravery, and self-acceptance. Most people don’t realize how often bullying occurs with young children. Join Aria, India, and their Angel Friends, as they deal with the difficult issue of bullying and smart ways to resolve an upsetting experience. Aria’s Angel Friend, Michael, gives her some great ideas like to hold her head high, walk away and sing… “I will smile and I will shine. Look at me, I’m just fine. I won’t let you bring me down. You won’t even see me frown. I will smile and I will shine. Look at me. I’m just fine.” Parents can use this approachable book to discuss bullying with their children in a comforting way.
Tara Williams has been an early childhood special educator for over 20 years and a mom of one beautiful daughter. She realized books can be for both enjoyment and an amazing conversation starter with children. Many difficult topics can be addressed by using a great book. Tara wants everyone to Always Be Kind and Let Your Smile Shine!
Dr. Crystal Bowe is a family medicine physician who has written 2 children’s books (Doc Like Mommy, The Patience Song) and published one coloring book (Doc Like Mommy Coloring Book)! Crystal pulled the inspiration for Doc, Like Mommy from her real life experiences and relation ship with her daughter.
Dr. Bowe is accomplishing her goals and dreams in the world of medicine, and she is modeling to her 2 children that women can have it all. Her lovely book was inspired by her kids to see a diverse and inclusive world where books are windows into the world.
Connect with Dr. Bowe on her Adventures of Doctor Mom website.
Dr. Claudia May Bio
I am a storyteller, author, poet, educator, spiritual director, children’s book author, consultant, and professor. My children’s picture book, a three-movement poem entitled When I Fly With Papa (Wise Ink Creative Publishing), explores how children and adults can co-create a liberating and emotionally transparent relationship with God. The central character in this book is a 7-year-old black girl called Winnie who teaches readers how we can cultivate a relationship with God that is steeped in emotional freedom.
My character Winnie teaches us how to feel without apology. As she does so, she dares to live a life of outrageous love and bravery. She feels without inhibition. Her relationship with Papa liberates her from the expectations to limit her feelings to a set of emotions. He embraces her emotions without hesitation. Winnie is free because she is fully herself with Papa. Her imagination and human emotions fly with the Papa whose presence, love, power, and image are not confined by any time, space, feeling, or image. Can we:
Laugh with God? Play with God? Be silly with God? Be angry with God? Or cry with God?
Winnie, her stuffed toy Bear Bear, and God would say: ABSOLUTELY!
When I Fly With Papa can be purchased via my website (claudiamay.org.uk) where you will find further details about my professional profile and areas of expertise.
Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Learn more about Sandra at www.sandralrichards.com.
Rice & Rocks centers on the adventures of Giovanni, a young Jamaican-American boy seeking to understand the importance of his family’s heritage. The charming and curious main character is based on Richards’ lost nephew of the same name, who passed away from meningitis at 8-years-old. After his death in 2007, Richards began writing as a way to preserve her memories of Giovanni.
The book’s title refers to the Jamaican staple rice and beans, a dish Richard’s nephew avoided eating because he thought the beans looked like rocks. The reference serves as the central theme of Rice & Rocks, which follows Giovanni and his magic parrot on a journey around the world to find other places where rice and beans are enjoyed. Young readers travel with Giovanni from Japan to Puerto Rico to New Orleans, returning home just in time for dinner to be served.
Richards, an American born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity. Rice & Rocks is available for purchase at major bookstores and online. The book is the first in a series following Giovanni and his magic parrot as they embark on global adventures and learn about the importance of culture and diversity.
Signed Copies: http://sandralrichards.com/rice-rocks-order/
Author Erin Dealey writes in many genres, from board books to YA, including K IS FOR KINDERGARTEN (Sleeping Bear/illus. Joseph Cowman); GRANDPA’S FAVORITE and companion book GRANDMA’S FAVORITE (2018), as well as BABIES COME FROM AIRPORTS –a kids’-eye view of international adoption– Kane Miller / illus. Luciana Navarro Powell; and DECK THE WALLS (Sleeping Bear Press/ illus. Nick Ward).
When her initial career goal of Olympic Gold Medal Tetherball Player didn’t pan out, she became a teacher, theater director, actor, mom, and author. Among Dealey’s forthcoming picture books are SNOWGLOBE WISHES (illus. Claire Shorrock/ Sleeping Bear, winter 2019); PETER EASTER FROG (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum, illus. G. Brian Karas, 2021), and DEAR EARTH…letters from Room 5 (Harper Collins). Dealey’s first picture books with Atheneum, GOLDIE LOCKS HAS CHICKEN POX, and LITTLE BO PEEP CAN’T GET TO SLEEP have taken her to school visits as far south as Brazil and as far north as Tok, Alaska. Dealey is a former SCBWI Co-RA for CA North/Central, frequent conference presenter, and the social media/ PR Coordinator for East West Literary.