June 21st is the official first day of summer! It is the perfect time for children to explore the world through books. Whether you’re planning a staycation or a vacation, reading can transport your child to far-off lands, introduce them to diverse cultures and people, and inspire their imagination. [Read more…]
Guest post from Cardinal Rule Press, Read Your World’s 2023 Silver Sponsor
When introducing different units of measurement to a class, why not add a multicultural twist to the lesson plan? This is a fun way to introduce the topic to the students and generate awareness and understanding of measurement units used in different areas of the world.
As of May 1st, Read Your World’s first online auction is live. The auction will remain open through May 15th.
Have you written a children’s book and would love a professional manuscript critique? Perhaps you have a website and blog posts that need some editing? Are you a pet-lover or do you know someone who adores their pet? A custom portrait of their favorite pet will make a great gift! With teacher appreciation week around the corner, have you thought of surprising a special teacher with a virtual author visit or a book bundle? Learning español? How about a one-on-one conversational session with an award-winning author? This and much more can be found on our online auction.
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If you turn on the TV news, scroll through social media, or read/watch the news on your computer you’ll come across headlines such as “Banned in the USA: The Growing Movement to Ban Books”, “Why Book Ban Efforts Are Spreading Across the U.S.”, “Texas leads US in books banned from schools,” and “Florida school book bans: Second highest rate in the nation.”
As a result of the incredible participation we received during our virtual party, we are making the questions we asked during the giveaway into a five-part series. The participants were really engaged with these questions and gave us some great recommendations that we’ve compiled here for you. Today’s post is in response to the first question. Enjoy!
International Mother Language Day is celebrated worldwide each February 21. This year’s theme is “multilingual education – a necessity to transform education in a multilingual world.”
Let’s look at its history and ways you can celebrate at home and school!
Review of The Fire, The Water, and Maudie McGinn for #ReadYourWorld Day
Guest Post and Review by Jodi Murphy
Many of the people who encountered Maudie told her she had glitches. She believed them. But the real flaw is that those people look at her from a lens that says she is broken and “less than.” Even her mom wants her to act in a way she’s determined is normal, but Maudie is so much more than ordinary.
#ReadYourWorld Book Jam 2023 in partnership with Children’s Book Council is excited to present Maria Wen Adcock with her book list of Recently Released Asian Books for Young Readers!
We are also giving away a signed copy of her book, It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George! To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom.
In recent years the publishing industry has seen an increase in diverse books for young readers, thanks to the efforts of many including the non-profit organization Multicultural Children’s Book Day.
When compiling a list of eight children’s books to recommend, it was challenging as there were so many books I wanted to share. The list below focuses on books by Asian authors that were released within the last six months from the publication of this post and featured Asian culture or characters. I’ve listed the books in alphabetical order.
Don’t forget to check out my giveaway for It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George where one lucky reader will win a signed copy of my book! Giveaway details are at the end of this post.
Recently Released Asian Books for Young Readers
A Sweet New Year for Ren by Michelle Sterling
In this charming story, a young girl named Ren longs to help her family prepare for the Lunar New Year, but everyone thinks she’s too little. When she struggles to make pineapple cakes, her family shows her the way. The pride Ren feels in helping her family with traditions and food is heartwarming. [Picture Book, ages 4-8]
Ameya’s Two Worlds by Aditi Wardhan Singh
Ameya is an Indian American girl who attends her cousin Vaishali’s wedding in India. When her cousin Dev questions if she is really Indian, she wonders if he is right. With the support of her mother, Ameya realizes that a person can be many things and embraces her two worlds. [Picture Book, ages 5-9]
Diwali in My New Home by Shachi Kaushik
Priya, a girl from India whose family moves to the United States, notices that people in her new country are not familiar with the Indian holiday of Diwali. She misses celebrating it in the same way she did in India but learns that sharing the holiday with new people can be just as festive. The book provides a kid-friendly introduction to Diwali. [Picture Book, ages 4-8]
How Do Vaccines Work? By Katrina Liu
This Informational fiction STEAM book features an Asian girl and her father which provides the science behind immunizations. It tackles the immune system, viruses, bacteria, and more in a kid-friendly way. Young readers will also see how the main character overcomes her fear of shots. [Picture Book, ages 4-7]
It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George by Maria Wen Adcock
Follow along with Curious George as he celebrates Chinese New Year with his friend Mei and her family. With rhyming text, colorful illustrations, and sturdy tabbed pages, this book is a wonderful introduction to the holiday for young readers which they can read again and again through the early school years. [Board Book, ages 0 and up]
Little Bun by Amanda Hsiung Blodgett
In this bilingual Chinese English storybook about feelings, Little Bun helps young readers to verbalize what they’re feeling inside. It’s a much-needed book that can support social-emotional skills in children while introducing children to Chinese culture. [Picture Book, ages 2-6]
Luminous by Julia Kuo
A young girl and her mother explore the luminous world of living things around them that light up the night. Throughout the story, there are supporting paragraphs that further explain scientific points in the storyline, thus making this book both very educational and enjoyable to read. [Picture Book, ages 4-8]
Toco’s How We Look by Akhila Das Blah and Kshama Alur
Created by the founders of Indigrow, Toco’s How We Look Playbook teaches kids to celebrate differences and provides talking points to spark conversations. Kids explore topics such as “Why do my eyes look different” or “Why is my skin darker” in an age-appropriate way. An additional digital companion InstaPlay Kit includes printables and activities. [Picture Book, ages 3-8]
SIGNED COPY of It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George GIVEAWAY!
We are also giving away a signed copy of It‘s Chinese New Year, Curious George. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter below. We can only mail to U.S. and A.F.O. addresses.
Maria Wen Adcock is the author of It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George [January 2023] published by Clarion Books/Harper Collins. Maria is a first-generation Chinese-American writer and founder of the award-winning multicultural parenting blog www.BiculturalMama.com. She has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show< Bloomberg News, Newsday, and Huffington Post. Maria is a board member of Multicultural Kid Blogs, an organization supporting diverse parenting bloggers, and co-host of the annual publishing event Multicultural Children’s Book Day. She resides on Long Island with her husband and two children. To learn more, check out her website and follow her @BiculturalMama on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
It’s a wrap! Our 2023 Multicultural Children’s Book Day Virtual Party was a success! Thank you! Thank you! This celebration couldn’t have been possible without your support! It was so wonderful to see the community, parents, teachers, sponsors, authors, reviewers and our wonderful co-hosts come together to celebrate diverse books.
Congrats to last night’s winners! #ReadYourWorld Giveaway 2023 Bundle Book Lists
Looking forward to many more years of celebration, we hope everyone enjoyed the event.