Multicultural Children’s Book Day Medallion Level 2019 Sponsors!
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THANK YOU to Honorary Sponsors,Children’s Book Council and The Junior Library Guild
- STORYMAKERS, our flagship series, is an entertaining talk show highlighting bestselling kid lit authors and illustrators. The series is hosted by Rocco Staino, Contributing Editor at School Library Journal, a contributing writer at The Huffington Post, and Director of Empire State Center for the Book, affiliate of the U.S. Library of Congress.
- READ OUT LOUD – Enjoy story time with authors at KLTV HQ!
- READY SET DRAW! – Get inspired to draw with talented illustrators from children’s literature.
- YOUNG AT ART with James Ransome – On this series, kids learn basic and intermediate art skills from shapes to colors!
- IN STUDIO – Join the KLTV film crew as we visit artists’ studios around the world!
- PAST PRESENT: GIVING PAST STORIES NEW LIFE with Lesa Cline-Ransome – Explore non-fiction story writing, share how we can learn about ourselves and find common bonds with people from the past.
- PHIL’S FAST FIVE – A fun, fast-paced Q&A hosted by author Phil Bildner.
- THE TRUTH ABOUT LIBRARIES – Find out what REALLY happens in the library!
- Plus exclusive LIVE coverage of special literary events here and on Facebook LIVE!
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The Monkey King’s Daughter® is the powerful, heartwarming, coming-of-age story of Meilin, a contemporary Chinese-American teenage girl, tightly wrapped in high adventure and fantastic Chinese mythological settings. For ages 8+.
Book 1 in the series isn’t about Sun Wukong, the Monkey King—it’s about his daughter, Meilin. Only, she doesn’t know she’s the Monkey King’s daughter. In fact, she doesn’t know she’s half demon at all. As far as Meilin knows, she’s an ordinary 14-year-old high school freshman from Midland Hills, California, facing all the problems that bright young girls face at that age—flakey girlfriends, zits, too much homework, bad hair days, obnoxious boys. But all of that changes when her ancient past catches up with her…
Steeped in the universal tenants of Compassion, Humility, Loyalty, Balance and Honor, The Monkey King’s Daughter® delivers solid family core-values and a new female action hero & role model for a multicultural world.
The Monkey King’s Daughter® is all about empowerment through the realization of self-worth, deed, and valor. It’s Meilin’s journey of personal growth, amid the trials of extraordinary circumstance and adversity, that drives each adventure.
T.A. DeBonis is an Author, Screenwriter, Film/TV Editor/Producer/DirectorFilm/and is a dedicated father of 6.
Gwen Jackson graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln University with a B.A. in psychology. She won a Ford Foundation Fellowship and attended the University of Michigan, where she received an M.A. in psychology.
An avid lover of history, anthropology, and people, Gwen has traveled to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Sicily, Capri, the Greek Islands, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Bali, Malaysia, Thailand, and India.
Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams
Inspired by Navajo Culture and Folklore
“Now we will weave a blanket of dreams.
May the white light of morning beautify this blanket.
May the red light of evening beautify this blanket.
May the falling rain beautify this blanket.
May the rainbow beautify this blanket.
May everyone sleep in beauty under a blanket of dreams.
May everyone sleep in beauty! May everyone sleep in beauty!”
Winter is coming, but the little black bear, Lump Lump, isn’t ready to go to sleep! With the help of his mother, the wise Blue Bird, and his forest friends, Lump Lump gathers materials for Spider Woman to weave him a Blanket of Dreams. Inspired by Navajo/Diné culture and folklore, and featuring the work of famed weaver Barbara Teller Ornelas, this beautiful tale of family and friends takes the reader on a journey through the spectacular traditions and landscapes of the Southwest.
Kitaabworld advocates to spread awareness about South Asian and diverse children’s literature, and provide resources for teachers, librarians and parents.
We are an independent publishing house and have published two books in 2018. We also run an online bookstore where we curate books from around the world which feature traditional, contemporary and re-imagined stories on and about South Asia. Through our content platform, we publish booklists on various South Asian topics, conduct author interviews and feature guest posts.
In early 2017, we ran our ‘Counter Islamophobia Through Stories‘ campaign to showcase positive stories and representations of Muslim which led to the book, Muslims in Story: Expanding Multicultural Understanding through Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
We also collaborate with libraries, schools and other institutions in the community to conduct diverse story times, school visits, as well as speaking engagements and educator workshops.
Room In Your Heart, a heartwarming story from Bhutan which reflects their tradition of hospitality. This is a universal story about kindness and the generosity of spirit. “There will always be room in your home, as long as there is room in your heart.” – a stirring message that has a striking relevance in today’s troubling times. This North American edition is also packed with additional fun facts on Bhutan that take you on a trip to this little-known place.
Bhimrao Ambedkar: The Boy Who Asked Why provides a biographical account of a lesser-known hero of India’s freedom movement, Babasaheb Ambedkar. He was born into a low-caste in a rigid society, his status and experiences informed his life choices. He worked hard to educate himself and fought for the rights of marginalized people. Babasaheb went on to become India’s first law minister and established ‘equality and justice for all’ as the founding principles of the Constitution of the world’s largest democracy.
“Muslims in Story: Expanding Multicultural Understanding Through Children’s and Young Adult Literature” (adult book) is an extension of the ideas from our Counter Islamophobia Through Stories campaign. Muslims in Story is a timely and proactive approach to tackling this Islamophobia, by engendering friendships and empathy through quality children’s and young adult literature. With a short history of Muslims in America to the present issues they currently face, this book offers a look at a more hopeful future of creating empathy, respect, and understanding towards Muslims.
Language Lizard provides educators, librarians, and parents with resources that develop literacy skills among language learners, build inclusive classrooms and celebrate cultural diversity.
Language Lizard offers bilingual books in 50+ languages, multilingual audio products, multicultural book sets & posters, and other resources for diverse classrooms. Teachers may download free multicultural lesson plans at LanguageLizard.com/LessonPlans.htm. In addition, the company’s blog and free monthly Culture Connection newsletter provide valuable information and special offers to those working with diverse children (sign up at LanguageLizard.com/Newsletter).
The company offers occasional giveaways of bilingual and multicultural books to newsletter subscribers, including a recent giveaway of over $1,500 worth of bilingual books. Anyone interested in supporting multiculturalism can enter our current giveaway (through January 2019) at LanguageLizard.com/Win-Bilingual-Books.
Bilingual Books are available in English with Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dari, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian-Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Karen (Sgaw), Korean, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Nepali, Norwegian, Panjabi, Pashto/Pashtu, Patois, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Shona, Slovakian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish and Yoruba.
English-only multicultural book sets are also available to help parents and teachers build award-winning diverse multicultural libraries.
Author Charlotte Riggle
In The St. Nicholas Day Snow,, a huge snowstorm hits Elizabeth’s small community on Saint Nicholas Day. But, of course, it’s about more than that. The story starts on the morning of the Eve of St. Nicholas. Elizabeth’s grandmother is sick, and her parents have to leave town to make sure she’s okay. So Elizabeth is spending the day and the night with Catherine.
Elizabeth’s parents have totally forgotten that it’s St. Nicholas Eve. In their family, St. Nicholas visits on St. Nicholas Eve and leaves gifts in the children’s shoes. In Catherine’s family, St. Nicholas visits on Christmas Eve. So, on top of being worried about her grandmother, Elizabeth is now worried that St. Nicholas won’t visit her. She argues with Peter, Catherine’s little brother, about when and how St. Nicholas visits. The St. Nicholas Day Snow, can be purchased on Amazon.
Charlotte Riggle is a writer, a reader, and a passionate advocate of picture books. Her first book, Catherine’s Pascha, is as beautiful as Pascha itself, with words that sparkle and illustrations that glow with the joy of the feast.
Catherine’s Pascha was a finalist in the 2015 Best Book Awards.
Charlotte lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest, in a house full of books and music and a fluffy brown dog. She shares faith, hope, and picture books on her website, on Facebook and Pinterest, and on Instagram.
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