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 is running a giveaway of bilingual and multicultural books to newsletter subscribers and has already given away over $2,000 worth of bilingual books. Anyone interested in supporting multiculturalism can enter their current giveaway 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, Yoruba, Oromo, and Telugu.
And Language Lizard’s popular teaching manual, Building Bridges with Bilingual Books and Multicultural Resources, provides lesson plans and diversity activities to support culturally responsive teaching. Educators can even purchase a comprehensive multicultural teaching set with bilingual books that go along with all the lesson plans in the manual, providing easy access to many hours of culturally responsive instruction.
Language Lizard’s newest bilingual storybook offering, The Biscuit Moon, is an engaging Native American story about a distressed traveler. As we follow Buffalo’s journey, we explore the concepts of climate change, scarcity, and the need to share precious resources.
Language Lizard’s new multicultural idiom book series has been called “a teacher’s dream come true.” Using clever illustrations with settings and characters from around the world, the idiom books offer a fun way to learn idioms. They even come with free multicultural lessons and diversity activities to support culturally responsive teaching. And the many bilingual versions of the books provide idiom translations and meanings in a second language, making the idioms easier for English language learners to understand.
Deedee Cummings is the founder of Make A Way Media and the author of eleven diverse children’s books including, Heart, My Trip to the Beach, If A Caterpillar Can Fly, Why Can’t I, My Dad’s Job, Love Is…,Think of It Like This!, Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess, and I Want To Be a Bennett Belle.
In The Nick of Time is Deedee’s latest title and this diverse holiday book has been profiled in USA Today.
Nick Saint never really put a lot of thought into his name until one snowy day in December when he accidentally receives a letter meant for Saint Nick. Realizing there is not much time left until Christmas, Nick opens the letter. The unexpected message inside ultimately leads him on a journey of understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit.
Nick’s actions and kindness are filled with heartwarming results that even please Santa Claus himself! An endearing story of a little brown boy who helps Santa save Christmas.
Children of all ages and backgrounds who read In the Nick of Time will understand that sometimes the smallest act of kindness can take up the biggest space in someone else’s heart.
As a therapist, attorney, author, and mom, Deedee is passionate about passing down the life lessons that were instilled in her by her beloved mom. All ten of DeeDee’s diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids has threads of her professional knowledge running through them as well. Colorful and vibrant, her books for kids are not only fun to read, but they also work to teach coping skills, reinforce the universal message for love for all, and encourage mindfulness and inclusion.
She has spent more than two decades working with families and centers much of her writing around her experience working with kids in therapeutic foster care. Her stories are filled with positive and hopeful messages. DeeDee also uses therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills and lessen the stigma some people feel about receiving mental health assistance.
She is also the founder and creator of the Louisville Book Festival; a non-profit, literacy-based conference and book fair that will occur in Louisville, Kentucky on October 23rd and 24th, 2020. This event is designed to celebrate and grow the vibrant culture and community of Louisville while inspiring a love of reading for generations to come.
Candlewick Press is one of the fastest-growing children’s book publishers in the United States. Established in 1991, we are a progressive and creative company, with a steadfast commitment to the best, which is due in part to our rare independence–being 100 percent employee-owned gives us the freedom to publish only the books we believe in.
Our reputation for excellence in creating beautiful, high-quality children’s books is accomplished through a staff of dedicated, focused, and energetic individuals who enjoy an innovative, team-oriented work environment.
In 1992, Candlewick Press opened its doors as an independent children’s publisher, and we remain an independent publisher today. What does that mean? We are 100 percent owned and operated by our employees — who include our 85 staff members in Somerville and more than 155 authors and illustrators.
Candlewick Press arrived on the scene with some of the highest-quality picture books anywhere. And in the years since then, our offerings have grown to encompass all ages, from board books to e-books, high-end novelty to cutting-edge fiction. What hasn’t changed is our goal of excellence, our model of independence, and our commitment to the authors and illustrators who create our books and the readers who love them.
Their vast line-up of diverse books for all ages include notable titles like
Freedom Soup by Tami Charles
Every year, Haitians all over the world ring in the new year by eating a special soup, a tradition dating back to the Haitian Revolution. This year, Ti Gran is teaching Belle how to make the soup — Freedom Soup — just like she was taught when she was a little girl. Together, they dance and clap as they prepare the holiday feast, and Ti Gran tells Belle about the history of the soup, the history of Belle’s family, and the history of Haiti, where Belle’s family is from. In this celebration of cultural traditions passed from one generation to the next, Jacqueline Alcántara’s lush illustrations bring to life both Belle’s story and the story of the Haitian Revolution. Tami Charles’s lyrical text, as accessible as it is sensory, makes for a tale that readers will enjoy to the last drop. For ages 5-9.
All light in Chattana is created by one man — the Governor, who appeared after the Great Fire to bring peace and order to the city. For Pong, who was born in Namwon Prison, the magical lights represent freedom, and he dreams of the day he will be able to walk among them. But when Pong escapes from prison, he realizes that the world outside is no fairer than the one behind bars. The wealthy dine and dance under bright orb light, while the poor toil away in the darkness. Worst of all, Pong’s prison tattoo marks him as a fugitive who can never be truly free.
Nok, the prison warden’s perfect daughter, is bent on tracking Pong down and restoring her family’s good name. But as Nok hunts Pong through the alleys and canals of Chattana, she uncovers secrets that make her question the truths she has always held dear. Set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world, Christina Soontornvat’s twist on Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables is a dazzling, fast-paced adventure that explores the difference between law and justice — and asks whether one child can shine a light in the dark. A boy on the run. A girl determined to find him. A compelling fantasy looks at issues of privilege, protest, and justice. For ages 8-12
Cerca/Close by Juan Felipe Herrera
illustrator: Blanca Gómez
Mi cuarto está cerca de la cocina. My bedroom is close to the kitchen.
As she walks from her kitchen through a daisy-filled yard to the house next door, a little girl notices things that are close to each other — just as the little boy she goes to visit is close to her. Some things are close — cerca. Others are far — lejos. With sweet simplicity, this charming dual-language board book and its companion volume, Lejos/Far, engage young children. For ages 2-5.
Lejos/Far by Juan Felipe Herrera
illustrator: Blanca Gómez
El árbol de limones está lejos de mi casa. The lemon tree is far from my house.
The little boy’s house is far from the city, and the city is far from the ocean. What about the mountains in the distance, or the clouds in the sky, or the sun that shines over the boy as he walks? Some things are close — cerca. Others are far — lejos. With sweet simplicity, this charming dual-language board book and its companion volume, Cerca/Close, engage young children. For ages 2-5.
My Grandma and Me by Mina Javaherbin
illustrator: Lindsey Yankey
In this big universe full of many moons, I have traveled and seen many wonders, but I have never loved anything or anyone the way I love my grandma. While Mina is growing up in Iran, the center of her world is her grandmother. Whether visiting friends next door, going to the mosque for midnight prayers during Ramadan, or taking an imaginary trip around the planets, Mina and her grandma are never far apart. At once deeply personal and utterly universal, Mina Javaherbin’s words make up a love letter of the rarest sort: the kind that shares a bit of its warmth with every reader. Soft, colorful, and full of intricate patterns, Lindsey Yankey’s illustrations feel like a personal invitation into the coziest home, and the adoration between Mina and her grandma is evident on every page. For ages 4-8.
“Thursdays are my favorite days.”
Every morning Papa follows his normal routine. He drinks his tea, waters his plants, tidies up, and takes the bus into town. Papa enjoys his daily tasks, but there’s one day each week that is extra special. That’s the day he might visit the craft store, get two orders of dumplings to go, and possibly pick some flowers he sees along the path. With its spare text and wonderfully warm watercolor and cut-paper illustrations just begging to be pored over, Joowon Oh’s tale of the singular love between a grandfather and granddaughter will nestle within the heart of every reader. Charmingly detailed illustrations help tell a touching tale of the bond between grandparent and grandchild in a quiet yet powerful debut. For ages 3-7.
Riding a Donkey Backwards by Sean Taylor
illustrator: Shirin Adl
Would you like to know how a thief can turn into a donkey? Whether a cow can climb a pole? Or why you should spoon yogurt into a lake? Mulla Nasruddin knows all the answers, and he might also tell you why he rides his donkey backward. Whether in the guise of an Imam in a mosque or a beggar in the street, this trickster is never at a loss for a rejoinder, though it may leave you scratching your head, rolling your eyes, or laughing out loud. Enjoy twenty-one classic tales about a much-loved character from Muslim cultures in a book packed with jokes, riddles, and wisdom and paired with vibrant, theatrical illustrations.
Following a bout with polio at the age of six, Frida Kahlo’s life was marked by pain and loneliness. In real life, she walked with a limp, but in her dreams, she flew. One day her imagination took her on a journey to a girl in white who could dance without pain and hold her secrets, an indelible figure who would find her way into Frida’s art in years to come. Inspired by Frida Kahlo’s diary, Anthony Browne captures the essence of the artist’s early flights of fancy and depicts both Frida and her imaginary friend in vivid illustrations evoking Kahlo’s iconic style. A note at the end offers a brief biography of the artist who has intrigued art lovers the world over. For ages 4-6.
Barefoot Books has created more than 700 books, spoken word stories, music, animations, characters, puzzles, and games that open children’s hearts and minds to their wonderfully diverse world. Their first app, Barefoot World Atlas, has had 4 million+ downloads and was selected by Apple as one of their top 10 apps of all time. Their YouTube channel has over 150 million views. However, their proudest accomplishment is to have put nearly 25 million books into the hands of children around the world.
Barefoot Books has a New Website!
We have launched a new website where you’ll enjoy many new features such as a revamped Living Barefoot Blog, detailed product descriptions, and an easier way to browse and find the perfect books and gifts for the children in your life. Our Autumn/Winter catalogue is also here and has information about our new titles as well as our backlist favorites in easy to navigate categories.
Browse their catalog of beautiful and diverse books HERE.
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 storytime 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 – In this series, kids learn basic and intermediate art skills used in children’s book illustrations!
The BIG Picture LIVE! with Andrea Davis Pinkney – LIVE drawing and fun tutorials.
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.
WHAT BECOMES A CLASSIC? with Leonard Marcus, digs into the historical and cultural context around the creation of a children’s classic.
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Go on an adventure in a world of stories with us! KidLit TV is the place to discover great children’s books and connect with the people who create them.
Dreaming of true-blue friends, mysterious adventures, and faraway places? Pack-n-Go Girls take you there!
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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.
LaDonna’s Easter in Paris is Dr. Kimberly A. Gordon Biddle’s 2nd published picture book. In this story, LaDonna has an adventure in Paris during the Easter Holiday. There she learns the universality of hope and love after facing some challenges. This is a follow up to LaDonna Plays Hoops, an inspirational and contemporary story of LaDonna’s visit to her grandma for a family reunion where she plays her older male cousin in a game of one-on-one basketball. It’s during this game that she learns some valuable life lessons. This story was a finalist in the American Fiction awards for 2019 in 3 categories.
Dr. Biddle is an emeritus faculty of Child and Adolescent Development at Sacramento State. She is also lead author of two textbooks relevant to the field of Child and Adolsecent Development. She won an Excellence in Education Award from the Stanford Graduate School of Education in 2018 and a Career Achievement Award from the University of Redlands in 2019.
She is 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 PAL-listed member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
Redfin is a technology-powered, residential real estate brokerage. We’re proud that Redfin is a place where different points of view are encouraged and respected. At the same time, we recognize that meaningful change requires ongoing analysis and action. We’re cultivating greater inclusion and diversity with employee-led initiatives across the company.
Redfin is committed to education and diversity which aligns well with the vision of Multicultural Children’s Book Day’s initiatives.
Redfin’s mission is to redefine real estate in the customer’s favor. They are full-service, local agents who get to know homebuyers and sellers over coffee and on home tours, and use modern technology to make you smarter and faster.
Vivian Kirkfield is a former kindergarten teacher and the author of many picture books including Pippa’s Passover Plate (Holiday House); Four Otters Toboggan: An Animal Counting Book (PomegranateKids); Eureka Honor Award winner and 2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Book Sweet Dreams, Sarah – From Slavery to Inventor (Creston Books); Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe (Little Bee Books); and Junior Library Guild Selection From Here to There: Inventions That Changed the Way the World Moves (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 19, 2021) as well as the parent-teacher guide filled with hundreds of activities, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking (MoneyPenny Press, 2010).
Vivian lives in the picturesque town of Bedford, New Hampshire where she reads lots of books, writes lots of stories, and plays lots of board games with her young grandson.
Lucy and her favorite stuffed animal, Lou, do everything together. While on a family cruise, the wind sweeps her stuffed animal off into the ocean where is lost forever. Join Lucy in a story about grief and loss, as she navigates moving forward while honoring her beloved stuffed animal.
This book is a great tool for parents to jumpstart the conversation about life and death. Helping our young readers to begin exploring the understanding of grief, Lost takes loss and puts the experience into a palatable story for young readers. Lost is not only filled with diverse characters and valuable lessons, it touches on the topics of multiculturalism, death, bereavement, loss, emotions, and feelings for elementary-aged children.
Christine began publishing in 2013 and opened Dreambuilt books in 2017. Dreambuilt Books is an indie publishing company focused on children’s books with life & moral values. There are currently 7 titles: PB& J, GUTS, KIND, RESCUE, CELEBRATE, HOME, & LOST. Books from Dreambuilt Books focus on using stories to jumpstart purposeful discussions with children and add valuable, unique lessons to your bookshelf.
Dreambuilt’s Mission is to provide literature that teaches and inspires its audience.
“The company is founded on the principles that all audiences deserve valuable words, all dreamers deserve support, and all of our dreams have the possibility of being our reality and our success,” Christine shared.“We aim to provide support, equip with tools, & promote the success of aspiring authors and illustrators.”
For the fourth year running, TimTimTom – Bilingual, Personalized Books joins us again as a sponsor of MCBD. TimTimTom was started by two multilingual moms Gaby (Peruvian/German) and Kat (Belgian) crazy about languages and children’s books.
They have Gaby’s then 3-year old’s blunt judgment of their horrible on-the-fly-translation skills to thank for the motivation to create TimTimTom Books. TimTimTom’s goal is to motivate kids to enjoy reading, even in their not so strong language.
The original idea for TimTimTom – Bilingual Personalised Books was to help parents trying to raise bilingual kids no matter what combination of languages they had at home. However, as they were working on their first story, they noticed that many kids where not being represented in books and set their goals to change this. Every child should have the chance to become the hero of a story.
TimTimTom – Bilingual Personalized Books, because reading in two languages is twice the fun!
With three stories, 10 languages, and over 100 personalization possibilities to choose from, your child becomes the hero of any TimTimTom story, not only by name and appearance but also in the language(s) he/she speaks or is learning in school.
Multicultural children’s book publisher Wisdom Tales Press is joining us again (for the 8th year!) as one of our Bronze Sponsors!
Wisdom Tales is the name of the children’s book imprint of the award-winning publishing house, World Wisdom, which was founded in 1980. Wisdom Tales publishes both children’s and teen titles and was created for the purpose of sharing the wisdom, beauty, and values of traditional cultures and people from around the world with young readers and their families. The content, illustrations, and production quality of these books are intended to assure them a lasting value for children, parents, teachers, and librarians.
Esther’s Gragger is a Jewish tale about bullying and is perfect for grades K-4. Young Esther is given a special gragger (a noisemaker) to celebrate the fun, and sometimes raucous, the Jewish festival of Purim. An older boy bullies her to get it for himself, but Esther reacts with great courage and intelligence, her actions reflecting the biblical story on which Purim is based. The lively cast of characters quibbles and carouse in a bygone world of warmth, surprise, and generosity. There is even a parade for children only. The appendix helps readers understand the history of Purim, how it is celebrated today, what a “gragger” is, and how to make a simple noisemaker. Following the award-winning The Dreidel that Wouldn’t Spin, author Martha Seif Simpson and illustrator D. Yael Bernhard have again created a new toyshop tale of playful language and images that hint at ancient roots and hidden meanings, which are just waiting for young readers to find. This is a tale ideal for reading aloud for fun, but also for learning.
Go HERE to find many book-related activities and discussion questions.
Hildegard of Bingen by Demi is an amazing historical woman credited with Science, Composing, Sainthood, and more. She was one of the most remarkable and influential women of her time. Blessed with an astonishing array of talents, she was at once a mystic, theologian, scientist, doctor, nutritionist, composer, writer, linguist, and artist.
Born to a noble family in Mainz, Germany, Hildegard entered a Benedictine monastery and went on to become abbess of a thriving community near Bingen. From a young age, she received extraordinary “lights” or visions of Heaven, which she described in a book called Know the Ways (of God).
However, Hildegard made contributions in many other areas as well. Her collection of imaginative music and poetry includes seventy-seven songs for the liturgical year and a morality play, making her the most prolific composer of early music in Europe. Her pioneering scientific work formed the basis for the study of natural history in Germany, while her holistic medical studies helped to provide cures for numerous diseases. Hildegard was also the author of a cookbook recommending nutritional “foods of joy” and she even invented a new language! Such was Hildegard’s fame and influence that bishops, popes, and kings, as well as humble peasants, sought out her wise counsel.
Today, Hildegard of Bingen is recognized as a saint and doctor by the Catholic Church and is also revered by many Lutherans and other Protestants. Find out more about her life in this beautifully illustrated book by award-winning author, Demi.
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”~Toni Morrison
It doesn’t matter if your child speaks Spanish or English, has brown eyes or blue, or has a single mom or two … Snowflake Stories makes books that look and sound just like you!
Parents, grandparents, and educators appreciate the uniqueness and relevancy of Snowflake Stories’ line of multi-award-winning, bilingual, and single-language personalized children’s books. Customizable casts and characters plus five languages allow Snowflake Stories to create books featuring bilingual, biracial, LGBT, and other families often overlooked by traditional publishers.
Author Jill Barletti founded Snowflake Stories because she struggled to find books written in Spanish for her two half-Peruvian children. She and her kids have labored to build the company because they truly believe that just like a snowflake … every child’s story is unique!
Learn more about Snowflake Stories and their Bilingual Personalized Children’s Books, check out this in-depth article on the MCBD blog.
Connect with Jill and Snowflake Stories via their website-www.SnowflakeStories.com
Or on social media–Twitter: @Snowflake_Story // @JillBarletti | Facebook: @SnowflakeStories | Instagram: @snowflakestories