30 Days of Ramadan: Understanding Our Friends #30DaysRamadan
Multicultural Children’s Book Day has joined forces with powerhouse multicultural children’s book publisher Wisdom Tales Press to create a much-needed initiative
Given the recent backlash and misconceptions in the media regarding Muslims and Islam, Multicultural Children’s Book Day will be focusing on the Muslim holiday of Ramadan June 5th-July 5th 2016 as a way to bring awareness and understanding about our Muslim neighbors via the pages of children’s literature.
30 Days of Ramadan: Understanding Our Friends is a celebration of children’s literature which includes characters and storylines that celebrate being Muslim. Books profiled will include topics like Muslims and the religion of Islam, books which specifically look at the Ramadan holiday and/or the authors that are Muslim.
Starting June 5th, bloggers are encouraged to share links to their posts about books they have chosen to review via a link-up that will be located on the Multicultural Children’s Book Day website. These books will be of their own choice, not supplied by MCCBD. This linky will be a great way for author, parents and bloggers to not only get involved, but work to create a reading resource that can be used for parents and educators.
During the event articles and blog posts about the various ways to celebrate Ramadan will be shared by Muslim authors, illustrators, and publishers via social media, using event hashtag #30DaysRamadan, and also on the MCCBD blog. Islam is a worldwide religion that is currently being practiced by 1.7 billion people in over 300 countries. It is the most diverse religion in the world.
Working together with educators, publishers, authors and parents, it is our hope to arm our young readers with the books and information they need to continue to be Global Citizens. In order to achieve this, we have several things up our sleeve 🙂
- Giveaways: Several wonderful children’s book authors have stepped forward to offer up their books as giveaways during the Ramadan holiday. Throughout the month long celebration (June 5th -July 5th, 2016), Muslim children’s book bundles will be given away via social media with the goal of getting these diverse books into the hands of young readers.
- A Blogger Link-up: Bloggers, authors, publishers and teachers will have the opportunity to add their Ramadan/Muslim/Islam-themed book reviews to our 30 Days of Ramadan linky to create a huge resource for quality books for kids.
- Links and resources: During the month-long Ramadan holiday we will be sharing resources, links, booklists and even craft ideas that reflect this very special holiday.
Stay tuned for more details on this project! Our goal is to help educate readers, parents, teachers and librarians on the subject of Muslims and Islam in a positive and educational way.
Go HERE print off your free 30 Days of Ramadan poster.