• MulticulturalChildrens-BookDay-2018
    Books,  Reviews

    Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 | Baby Goes to Market Review

    I received a complimentary book in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

    Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 

    Everything You Should Know about Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018

    This is my third year participating as a blogger in the Multicultural Children’s Day. Each year I work with great authors and publishers who celebrate diversity. Below are some of the best publishers and authors of celebration.

    MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.


    Children’s Book CouncilJunior Library Guild


    Scholastic Book Clubs


    Audrey PressCandlewick PressLoving Lion BooksSecond Story PressStar Bright BooksWorldwide Buddies


    Capstone PublishingAuthor Charlotte RiggleChild’s Play USAKidLit TVPack-n-Go GirlsPlum Street Press


    Barefoot BooksCarole P. RomanCharlesbridge PublishingDr. Crystal BoweGokul! WorldGreen Kids ClubGwen JacksonJacqueline WoodsonJuan J. GuerraLanguage LizardLee & Low BooksRhymeTime StorybooksSanya Whittaker GraggTimTimTom BooksWaterBrook & MultnomahWisdom Tales Press

    2018 Author Sponsors

    Honorary Author Sponsors

    Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

    Author Janet BallettaAuthor Susan Bernardo,  Author Carmen Bernier-GrandAuthor Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2LaunchBollywood Groove BooksAuthor Anne Broyles,  Author Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Eugenia ChuAuthor Lesa Cline-RansomeAuthor Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 PublishingDesi BabiesAuthor Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek PressAuthor Judy Dodge CummingsAuthor D.G. DriverAuthor Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl PublishingDebbi Michiko FlorenceAuthor Josh FunkAuthor Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie GlennGlobe Smart KidsAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleAuthor Quentin HolmesAuthor Esther IveremJennifer Joseph: Alphabet OdditiesAuthor Kizzie JonesAuthor Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.comAuthor Karen Leggett AbourayaAuthor Sylvia LiuAuthor Sherri MaretAuthor Melissa Martin Ph.D.Author Lesli MitchellPinky Mukhi and We Are OneAuthor Miranda PaulAuthor Carlotta PennReal Dads ReadGreg RansomAuthor Sandra L. RichardsRealMVPKids Author Andrea ScottAlva Sachs and Three Wishes PublishingShelly Bean the Sports Queen,  Author Sarah StevensonAuthor Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa TakaokaAuthor Christine Taylor-ButlerNicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. WangAuthor Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim

    We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

    Twitter Party

    Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm. Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!

    Free Multicultural Books for Teachers

    Get a copy here!

    Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators

    Click here to grab a kit!

    Follow Along on Social Media

    Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

    Baby Goes to Market Book Review

    I remember going to the grocery store as a child with my mother. My mother knew my sister and I well, so before we entered the store she would tell us, “Don’t ask for anything”. We were typical kids. We wanted everything we saw in the store and would continuously beg for various items–mainly snacks. The Candlewick Press published story, Baby Goes to Market, reminded me of those moments.

    Baby Goes to Market, a story written by Atinuke and illustrated by Angela Brooksbank, is a cute story about a baby boy who went to the market with his mother in South West Nigeria. He goes on this journey while being carried in a wrap on his mother’s back. Like most moms on a mission, the mother in this story is focused on filling the basket on her head with fruit, vegetables and other items while baby secretly has a little fun of his own. Unbeknownst to his mom, sellers at the market were handing the baby goodies to munch on during his ride through the market.

    This book is the perfect addition to the Multicultural Children’s Book Day celebration. The Nigerian people are beautifully depicted, through both words and illustrations. Each page of Baby Goes to Market colorfully depicts what a day at a busy South West Nigerian market looks life. Women are shown with braids, head wraps, and baskets upon their heads. Families are shown shopping and selling fresh produce. The story provides giggles and grins and readers will naturally find themselves cheering for the little guy, hoping he too fills his basket.

    You can learn more about this fun story here. Learn more about MCBD2018 by following the official hashtag, #ReadYourWorld, on social media.

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    Books,  Home Education,  Reviews

    Black History Resources for Kids

    I received complimentary copies of books in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

    Celebrating the history of all people can and should be done all year long. I encourage this in my home because I want my kids to know that history is full of diverse people who have made contributions to bettering the world. I am raising African American children, so I put a lot of emphasis on learning black history and finding black history resources for kids.

    As a homeschooling parent I have found many homeschooling history curriculums exclude the rich history and notable contributions of black people. This is just one of the reasons why I choose to piece together our homeschool curriculum. My aim is to create a well-rounded curriculum that allows my children to gain knowledge about diverse people and cultures and encourages them to think critically. I know other parents desire the same, which is why I’m sharing some of my favorite black history resources for kids I have recently discovered.

    Black History Resources for Kids

    50 Inspirational Bedtime Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World

    Written by L.A. Amber | Illustrated by T.Z. Nissen (Recommended for ages 5+)

    This is a fantastic resource that can be used as a reference book for many years. Each page features a black revolutionary, innovative or gifted legend, from Sojourner Truth to Ray Charles to former President Barak Obama. What I love about 50 Inspirational Bedtime Stories is it features world changers who are living and those of the past.  Its vibrant illustrations of all 50 people are colorful, detailed and simply captivating. Readers will find the stories of these amazing people inspiring and informative. Each story ends with, “Did you know…” giving readers a quick, often unknown, fact. Find out how you can get this book for your library here.

    Our Legendary Ladies: Harriet Tubman

    Written by Megan Callea | Illustrated by Jennifer Howard (Recommended for readers up to 8 years old)

    This is the first board book I have ever read that shares black history with young readers. I love the motto that Our Legendary Ladies often shares–Start them young. They are right. It’s never too early to share historical literature with children, especially when the story is of a revolutionary like Harriet Tubman. Although the book is made up of a handful of page turns, the simplicity and preciseness of the words on each page allow young readers an opportunity to learn about slavery and the courageous woman who helped free many. Harriet Tubman is historian approved and the illustrations easily draw in readers and depict the journey Harriet embarked on time and time again.  Learn more about this resource on the Legendary Ladies’ social media channels. Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

    Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens

    Written by Nina Nolan | Illustrated by John Holyfield (Recommended for ages 5-10)

    Black History Resources for Kids | MommyWifeLife.com

    It’s not often that the story of a gospel legend is shared. This work by Nina Nolan and published by Harper Collins, is a new favorite of mine because of that. The name and voice of Mahalia Jackson is known across the world, but details of her life aren’t as widely known. Her dedication to singing Gospel music, not just in the church, and being a part of the Civil Rights movement are shared in a way that children will forget they’re reading a biography. My daughters love to sing and dance, so this book had them completely enthralled. Share the life of Mahalia Jackson with a young reader you know by visiting NinaNolanBooks.com.

    Urban Intellectuals Black History Flash Cards

    Created by Urban Intellectuals (Recommended for ages 5 and up)

    Black History Flash cards by UI are what we  have needed for a long time. This deck of 52 cards features phenomenal black events and people, none of which should ever be forgotten. The face of the cards show photographs of the events and people and dates. The backside of the cards features multiple facts that will cause children to want to learn even more black history facts. There are two volumes of cards available. Learn more (affiliate link) here.

    Love these black history resources for kids? Let me know in the comments.

  • Books,  Reviews

    The Doctor With an Eye for Eyes Sparks Girl Power | Review

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in partnership with Innovation Press. All thoughts expressed are my own.

    The Doctor With An Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath | MommyWifeLife #InnovationPress

    I believe it to be extremely essential to show my daughters examples of women trailblazers. This world isn’t just “A Man’s World” as James Brown would sing. This world is full of opportunity for both men and women and children should discover this as early as possible. Doctor Patricia E. Bath’s story as told in The Doctor With an Eye for Eyes by Julia Finley Mosca is a great example of a woman in a “man’s world” who saw both race and gender barriers while pursuing her education and career. She, however, could not be and did not stop.

    The Doctor With An Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath | MommyWifeLife #InnovationPress

    Doctor Patricia E. Bath, however, is no fictional character. The Doctor With an Eye for Eyes gives children a glimpse into the life of a real life (and living) hero. Its rhythmic flow and vibrant illustrations help tell the story of Patricia Bath from birth to present day.  This phenomenal woman was the first African American to complete residency in ophthalmology. She also invented the Laserphaco Probe in 1981, which changed eye surgeries forever. This invention made her the first African-American female doctor to secure a medical patent.

    The Doctor With An Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath | MommyWifeLife #InnovationPress

    The words in this story are fun and rhyme, easily captivating young readers. At the same time, the words are inspiring, affirming and informative. This book gives young girls a look at what’s possible when you are consistent, persistent and #unbothered. Titles like this one are exactly what I want to fill up my children’s bookshelf with, a bit of girl power.

    Young readers ages 5-10 or so will be completely engaged by this heroic story and may have a desire to become a doctor with an eye for eyes.

    The Doctor With An Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath | MommyWifeLife #InnovationPress

    Click here to purchase the book and here to learn more about The Innovation Press.

  • Books,  Home Education,  Reviews

    Free Learning Resources at Brightly

    This post is in partnership with Brightly. Thoughts shared are 100% my own.

    Free Learning Resources at Brightly | MommyWifeLife.com #ReadBrightlyPartner #ad

    Like you, I love free stuff. Free things, especially educational resources, bring me and my bank account joy. I recently discovered resources at Brightly and all the wonderful things they provide to students, teachers and families for fun learning, especially through reading. As partners of Penguin Random House, the site features recommendations of books and authors for all ages.

    Brightly’s resources are inspiring both kids and adults to become lifelong readers. How do you turn children into lifelong readers? By making learning fun, of course. Brightly is doing that by offering a FREE downloadable mega pack of Mad Libs. Mad Libs provide fun with words and kids can get creative and by creating silly stories while learning parts of speech.

    Free Learning Resources at Brightly | MommyWifeLife.com #ReadBrightlyPartner #ad

    If you’d like to grab this pack for your little ones, just click here. Your children can easily spend a lot of time with these Made Libs. You can add them to your homeschool lesson or keep them in the car for road trips or just drives around the city. Happy teaching, reading and learning!

  • Books,  Home Education,  Reviews

    Jaden Toussaint The Greatest | Book Review

    Jaden Toussaint The Greatest | MommyWifeLife Book Review

    I received complimentary copies for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.

    Finally, there is a book series that is celebrating the brilliance, strength and creativity of boys–black boys. Jaden Toussaint The Greatest book series is inspiring and shows a positive image of a black boy and family and I love it!

    Jaden Toussaint The Greatest | MommyWifeLife Book Review

    With three daughters, I see a lot of pink and read plenty of books about princesses, ballerinas, and hair (I enjoy it all) but discovering the Jaden Toussaint series, authored by Marti Dumas, provided my young readers and I a chance to read something different. Typically my daughters are all about girl power and only wanting to hear songs sang by females (I guess that’s what 5 and 6 year olds do), but they were extremely receptive to learning what these books were all about. In fact, one day during our homeschool lesson I set aside time for reading. Right before it was time to move on from reading to our math lesson, my oldest asked me, “Mommy, can I please keep going and read chapter four?”. There was no way I could deny her request to read; this was a proud mommy moment!

    I used this quick video to introduce the series to my daughters:

    In each book in the series is a new episode where Jaden, a five year old scientist, debater and ninja dancer with an afro, goes on a new adventure using his superpowers for good. We were able to read episodes #1 (The Quest for Screen Time) and #3 (Muffin Wars), where his superpowers were used to convince his parents for more screen time (what every kid wants to do) and to out-smart and out-shine his equally brilliant and impressive cousin, Muffin.

    Jaden Toussaint The Greatest is a great chapter book for young readers! | MommyWifeLife

    These are the perfect chapter books for young readers, with only 50 to 60 pages, a relatable character, adventurous story lines and just the right amount of illustrations to continue captivating readers. I highly recommend this book series for kids ages 5 to 9. You can add the book to your library and check out all the episodes in the collection by visiting here.