SO..what in the world is “On My Desk” anyway?
This series got started because, with my role as Project Manager, I get to enjoy the avalanche of amazing multicultural books for kids that are donated to our project. A good chunk of the year my office looks like a small bookstore and I love every second of it.
Even though MCBD2018 is over I am still getting amazing books every weeBeing appreciative of every book that crosses my desk, I wanted to find a fun way to share those books with the loyal folks who show up here to read every week and support this non-profit. In that moment, On My Desk | New Diverse Kids’ Books to Consider was born! It’s my way of sharing some amazing titles that don’t always get the attention they deserve.
Here’s what the Mailman Book Fairy brought me this week:
On My Desk | More Great Diverse Books for Kids
Grandfather Thunder and the Night Horses by Christine Almstrom
When a young girl is frightened of a storm, her grandmother comforts her by telling the story of the Night Horses – a creature Grandfather Thunder made from his own heart to wake the earth and bring the rains to the people. Based on the Lakota legend of the Thunder Horse, “Grandfather Thunder & the Night Horses,” is translated through permission of the tribal elders of the Pine Ridge Reservation and the Thunder Valley Lakota Language Initiative in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
Talk With Me: The Big Book of Exclamations 2 by Teri Kaminiski-Peterson, M.S.C.C.C./SLP
The author’s first book, The Big Book of Exclamations, was written with the goal of being an educational children’s book designed to promote speech sound development. Talk With Me: The Big Book of Exclamations 2 is the second in a series of educational children’s books. Created by a pediatric speech-language pathologist, our books are filled with carefully designed illustrations which immerse infants and toddlers in the rich language that surrounds in their familiar environments and daily routines. The books are designed to promote speech sound development and imitation of gestures, sounds, and words. Unlike most books, it doesn’t have a story to read. Instead, across the bottom of each page, there are prompts which teach parents/educators how to act out the illustrations and interact using gestures, sounds, words, or phrases depending on their child’s ability. The book shows parents how to modify what they say about each illustration in order to maximize their child’s communication potential. It is also filled with information which helps parents understand speech.
Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School by Janet Halfmann
Lilly Ann learned to read and write from her master’s children in Kentucky. She shared her knowledge with other enslaved people in a hidden spot in the woods on Sundays when the family was away. Later, she was sold to Mississippi, where teaching others carried a punishment of thirty-nine lashes with a whip. To keep from being found out, Lilly Ann taught in a secluded cabin off a back alley from midnight until two in the morning. Over the years she taught hundreds of enslaved people, and they, in turn, shared their knowledge with others. Read the author’s guest post and book review on JumpIntoAbook.com.
Tolerance Tykes by Brooke Aiello
Tolerance Tykes was created to promote to inclusivity of children from all walks of life. This new series will focus on breaking down the walls of intolerance that stand in the way of a more compassionate world for our children to grow in. The purpose of this book is to instill the message that all children are beautiful and important just the way they are.Each book in the series will provide a look into the lives of ten children. Through bright illustrations, fun facts, and poetry the reader will get a sense of what it is like to walk in that person’s shoes for a day. Topics include Gender Identity, Autism, Down syndrome, Hearing Impairment, Blindness, Anxiety, stuttering, Cancer, Adoption and Muscular Dystrophy.
What amazing books have YOU found this week?
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We’ve invited all of our classrooms and supporters to celebrate The Big Day anytime during 1/22 and 1/27 and we’ve already had some educators and organizations share their ReadYourWorld fun here. The buzz around this event is mind-blowing and we felt compelled to share even more fun images and examples of educators using #Readyourworld to educate Global Citizens:
Sarah Fisk from the Orange County (Orlando) Library System reached out to use in September to share their plans for Local Author Festivals in honor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day! The lirbary had a signing-only author festival with 6 Florida authors from 2 to 4pm. They also had Crystal Sullivan, the library’s lead storyteller, do a mini storytime for children at 2 and 3pm.
Amazing lesson for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!! The book 10 Gulab Jamuns and the sweet treat made with @CampbellOutside were a huge hit with our class! Many thanks to author @SAcharya7 for sharing the book with us! #ReadYourWorld @CampbellAPS @APSVirginia pic.twitter.com/f8MrNsKHtp
— Jessica Berg (@MsBergsClass) January 25, 2018
— Mrs. R.’s Class (@rlsmrsrclass121) January 26, 2018
@KensingtonES_NC is ready for MCBW in the media center! Check out one of these books to travel the world!!! @AGHoulihan @rachelnclarke #MCBD2018 #Literacy4U #ReadYourWorld #UCPSLibraryLife pic.twitter.com/C5vqzerdgv
— Bryan McKenzie (@McKeduc8or) January 24, 2018
— aimee randall (@teachvt) January 26, 2018
— Melissa Tirado (@MrsTiradoENL) January 25, 2018
Book 2 for #MCBD2018! We read the Water Princess and talked about what we can do to change the world ❤ 🌍 @McKeduc8or @rachelnclarke @AGHoulihan #ReadYourWorld #UCPSLibraryLife #Literacy4U pic.twitter.com/kv7T1HIgvZ
— Felicia Moore (@Moore1stGrade) January 25, 2018
To celebrate #ReadYourWorld at @CannadayMISD today, teachers schoolwide are sharing a Multicultural Children’s Book. Cannaday teachers to enter our classroom book giveaway remember to post a pic of your readaloud w/ #ReadYourWorld & tag me!Thank you @MCChildsBookDay for the swag! pic.twitter.com/c9BhrjInrA
— Ro Menendez (@romenendez14) January 26, 2018
Book 1 for #MCBD2018– we don’t judge by our outside appearances! Made personal hashtags for ourselves & wrote postcards to friends telling them what we think about them using inside traits. @McKeduc8or @AGHoulihan @rachelnclarke #Literacy4U #UCPSLibraryLife #ReadYourWorld pic.twitter.com/qvgq6cKkrQ
— Felicia Moore (@Moore1stGrade) January 24, 2018
— Vivian Harris (@vivianharris45) January 26, 2018
— aimee randall (@teachvt) January 26, 2018
— Joni Harris (@Jharrisreads) January 25, 2018
Imagine my delight when I discovered this amazing event that focuses on diversity in children’s literature called, Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Imagine my despair when I discovered I had missed the deadline for the MCBD2018.
BUT, the fine folks at Multicultural Children’s Book Day offered me the opportunity to share my story on the MCBD blog and thrilled to be able to do so.
My name is Bianca and I am a new children’s book author and publisher who is currently based in Lao PDR.
But I wasn’t always an author. In my lifetime I have been a child rights advocate, policy advisor, and researcher with over 15 years of experience in international health and human rights working for the government, large companies, think tanks, media outlets, and non-profit organizations. Currently, I am the President/Founder of Global Content Group, Inc. along with being the CEO of Moonjami Press.
My first children’s book, The Mouse from Laos, is part of a series to stimulate curiosity and tolerance among young readers. I developed Storytime for Little Worms/Worm Families and story-making workshops at NamChai Community Center as well as Tiny Yogis in Laos. My goal has always been to create books that allow kids to learn lessons while being entertained.
Our first book in an 88+ picture book ‘I am’ series, The Mouse from Laos just arrived in the US. The Mouse from Laos offers a peephole into a lesser-known land with a simple map, a national landmark, Lao greeting, flag and other teachable moments about animals, colors, shapes, patterns… A bit quirky and repetitive, everything children love. Although simple and silly, this series is created to stimulate curiosity and cultivate tolerance. There is an underlying theme of identity.
In April we will be releasing two more books, The Peacock from Bangkok and The Kitty from HoChi Minh City. Each book is created for small hands, soft cover and 36+4 pages. Originally I wrote the book for ages 0-6 but we have found it is ageless…and have facilitated readings with art activities with 10yo.
But I also have an additional mission of giving back to others and 5% of our net proceeds from the book supports Teaching Tolerance program at Southern Poverty Law Center. Our book sets (bag, book, t-shirt, and stickers) support companies run and staffed with youth with disabilities in Lao PDR. As a company founded by a health and human rights advocate (me) we celebrate diversity in all its forms!
Bianca actively supports literacy in Laos and Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance initiative —her products are produced by Lao female-led business and people with disabilities. Bianca received a Master’s in Anthropology from the Graduate Faculty at New School for Social and Economic Research in New York (2004) and LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany (2018). She currently resides in Vientiane, Lao PDR with her spouse Christian, two children Aidan and Anéli and their dog Kujo.
So…what in the world is “On My Desk” anyway?
This series got started because, with my role as Project Manager, I get to enjoy the avalanche of amazing multicultural books for kids that are donated to our project. My office currently looks like a small bookstore and I love every second of it.
Being appreciative of every book that crosses my desk, I wanted to find a fun way to share those books with the loyal folks who show up here to read every week and support this non-profit. In that moment, On My Desk | New Diverse Kids’ Books to Consider was born! It’s my way of sharing some amazing titles that don’t always get the attention they deserve.
Here’s what the Mailman Book Fairy brought me this week:
Christine is an award-winning author of children’s literature: fiction and nonfiction for all ages. HHer speculative MG/YA series The Lost Tribes was published by Move Books in March 2015. In it, five seemingly ordinary kids discover their families may play a part in preventing the destruction of Earth and the known universe. The sequel: Safe Harbor released in March 2017. A companion teacher’s guide with vocabulary and STEM-based activities is currently in development.
“Our mission is to inspire an honorable character in young men and women through healthy mentoring relationships, preparing Real MVP Kids® to live responsible and meaningful lives.”
Our MVP Kids® represent a wide range of ethnic and cultural diversity and are the stars of our products. The sixteen MVP Kids®, along with their parents, siblings and other family members, make up twelve families. An important goal of establishing our MVP Kids® throughout the product lines is to create familiarity and friendship for readers, a basis of trust to address serious life issues and challenges in products for maturing children. As we develop our products, they will follow the MVP Kids® as they grow from toddlers to adolescents. All MVP Kids™ products are designed to teach young readers how ti gain honorable character through healthy mentoring relationships while preparing them to live responsible and meaningful lives through books.
The Swift Walker series by Verlyn Tarlton.
Swift Walker series by Verlyn Tarlton: Swift Walker loved to walk fast. His sister warned him, “One day, you’ll walk so fast you won’t be able to stop!” Sure enough, his speedy legs took him on a speedy journey to see all the oceans of the world. Swift Walker introduces kids to the continents, maps, and basic geography concepts with a fun character they can relate to.
Mama, Did Your Hear The News?
Sanya Whittaker Gragg has always wanted to make a difference in the lives of others.
Her debut book, “Momma, Did You Hear the News?”, is centered around ten-year-old Avery who is in a panic over the shooting of another unarmed black man. His parents decide it is time to have “The Talk”. They teach him and his brother a catchy and easy way to remember what to do if approached by an officer, while also emphasizing that all policemen are not bad.
A to the L to the I-V-E… come home ALIVE…that is the KEY!
Osito wants to play, but his fur is growing slowly and he’s got the shivers. His new friend thinks covering this baby bear with honey and a coat of wildflowers is a good idea. Osito does get warm, but then the bees arrive, and he has to make a run for it!
This charming story by Lisa María Burgess is set in the mountains that traverse the US and Mexico, and takes inspiration from her childhood in the Sierra Madre of Chihuahua. In making the vibrant collages, Susan L. Roth created Osito and much of the landscape with tree bark paper, which has been made in Mexico since precolonial times. This story is bilingual for young readers, in English and Spanish.
What amazing diverse books have you discovered this week?
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Please welcome JaNay Brown-Wood with her list of Family and Food Picture Books.
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Family and Food: A Multicultural list for Preschool through 3rd Grade
This list features eight titles where family and culture come together around delicious food. While all titles can be shared with children Preschool through third grade, I indicated the specific age range I thought the titles would fit best with.
1. Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story by JaNay Brown-Wood
This is a cozy counting picture book about the relatives visiting Grandma and eating until they are all stuffed. It’s a sweet, rhyming counting book introduces young readers to numbers one through ﬁfteen. [picture book, for ages 2 and up]
2. Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park
This story is written in rhyme, showing the preparation of a popular Korean dish and the excitement of a hungry, young child. All the family members come together at the end to eat. The lines are rhythmic and the illustrations are fun. [picture book, ages 2 and up]