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.
Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal Bowe, Gokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press
2018 Author Sponsors
Honorary Author Sponsors
Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo, Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and MFL Publishing Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author 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.
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!
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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.
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)
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.
I see my children almost 24/7. My days are spent as both their parent and primary educator. Having the opportunity to be with my children as much as I do is certainly a blessing, but it comes with some cons. I don’t get a large amount of time to do things outside of keeping up with the kids. However, I have learned to make the most of my time and to be as resourceful as possible so I don’t feel like I’m doing too much–mommy guilt and burnout is real. One thing I have almost mastered is grocery shopping. If I don’t send my husband to pick up our list of items, I have likely ordered groceries online to be picked up curbside. Recently, I discovered something even better than curbside pickup–Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery!
How Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery Works
Giant Eagle’s Curbside Express Delivery allows me to stock the refrigerator with good food options without the stress of going inside the store, especially with children in tow. With this service I’m saving time, get a personal shopper, and have the ability to intentionally make better buying choices.
Giant Eagles online shopping platform is simple to use and requires a quick log in. Once you connect your Advantage Card (yes, you still get your Perks!), you’ll be able to see your Giant Eagle shopping history, allowing you to add things to your cart even faster.
In my recent order I filled my cart with items to make a healthy salad for the new year, personal items like soap and shampoo, and, my favorite, fresh flowers. With your order you can be as specific about what you want as you would like. For instance, I wanted fresh tulips and desired them to all be one color. My personal shopper chose gorgeous stems–all red. You can do the same with produce and meat options and more. If the store is out of an item, you can give them permission to substitute your desired item with the next best thing at no added cost.
My local Giant Eagle had delivery time slots available for next day delivery. Same day delivery is available at some stores if the order is received by 3:30 P.M.Slots are one hour slots, so I chose 12pm-1pm, a time when I knew I’d be at home with my kids. Once I made my online payment, the only payment option for this service, it was time to wait.
Giant Eagle partners with Deliv® to make home deliveries. The $12.95 delivery fee (waived on your first order) covers the service and no tipping is required. My delivery arrived a few minutes shy of my one hour window. There was nothing to sign or pay. All it took was a, “Hello! Thank you. Bye!” and my grocery shopping was complete. The entire process was so simple that I will certainly order through Giant Eagle’s Curbside Express Delivery again.
5 Easy Steps for a Flavorful, Healthy Salad
Discovering a time and sanity saving service has helped me to begin the new year with a bang. It also allowed me to create a healthy salad to remind me to take care of myself. With all of life’s responsibilities it’s easy to consume foods that may not be the best options but shopping online helped me to be more aware of what I added to my cart.
Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad
What You’ll Need
3/4 pound fresh broccoli (about 3 crowns)
1/4 pound fresh cauliflower (1 crown)
3/4 cup dried cranberries
16 ounces poppyseed salad dressing
Thoroughly wash the broccoli and cauliflower.
Create broccoli and cauliflower florets by chopping the veggies.
In a large bowl, mix the produce, dried cranberries and poppyseed dressing until the dressing evenly coats the vegetables.
Refrigerate the salad for 30 minutes or overnight to marinate.
Serve the salad cold and enjoy!
Learn more about Giant Eagle’s Curbside Express Delivery here to experience stress-free shopping, too!
- I have a terrible habit of not always taking care of myself. The majority of my day is spent nurturing, caring for and educating my children. I am slightly embarrassed to share that I tend to neglect my hair, nails, and skin. My hair is usually dry, my hands can always use lotion and my feet are, to say the least, disastrous. The winter is the worst time for skin and hair to experience dryness, yet I typically don’t jump into action to restore the moisture until it’s a little late. I’m attempting to be proactive this season by giving my hair and skin some joy—Carise’s Joy.I know I’m not alone when I say being a mom (and wife) comes with many responsibilities–we are bosses! We are often so caught up in making sure everyone around us is taken care of that we forget about our physical and mental health and beauty. I recently realized that taking care of ME doesn’t require a ton of time or money–just intentionality.
For the past few weeks I have given my skin a lift by using products offered by Carise’s Joy–whipped butter, hand and body scrub, and body butter. Listen. It’s so good that even my husband keeps dipping into the jars. This line of products are handcrafted and free of silicones, parabens, formaldehyde donors, mineral oils, or petroleum. Creator, Candace Gaiters, proudly uses “sustainable ingredients infused with natural butters and oils blended to perfection with LOVE and JOY”. The entire Carise’s Joy skincare line will be available for purchase online on its new site beginning January 19.
The line smells so good! I know, you’d rather know if the products are actually effective (and I’ll get to that), but each of the three jars of joy I have are incredibly, aromatically satisfying. This alone has me eager to apply it to my skin each and every day. Carise’s Joy offers both scented and unscented products. If you are a fragrance kind of girl (or guy) there are several scents for you to choose from:Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil (My choice for the whipped butter, perfect for relaxing.)Brown Sugar FigRoseJapanese Yuzu Citrus (I chose this scent for the hand and body scrub.)Cranberry PomegranateBartlett PearJasminePlumeriaLove’s Joy (My absolute favorite and choice for the body butter.)Gardenia
Hand and Body Scrub
My rough hands and feet love the hand and body scrub. I use it three to four days a week while I shower and/or at night solely on my hands. The scrub immediately exfoliates and softens my skin and the Japanese Yuzu Citrus scent is absolutely refreshing. It’s not too coarse and feels like I’m rubbing brown sugar and oils onto my body.
The whipped butter is perfect for dry and damaged skin. My favorite time to use it is on my hands and a small amount on my face before bed. It comes out of the jar thick but almost instantly melts into your skin when applied. Only a little is needed to moisturize dry areas so the eight ounces of whipped butter can easily last a long time.
If I had to pick a favorite product from the entire line it would be the body butter. I wish you I could add a scratch and sniff sticker to this post so you could get a whiff of the amazing fragrance in my jar. You’ll get to choose your own scent, but the Love’s Joy scent is divine! The butter itself is incredibly moisturizing with a consistency similar to a thicker lotion. Like the whipped butter, only a little is needed to satisfy the skin.
I can honestly say that my skin, especially my hands, are smoother and retain the moisture provided by all of the Carise’s Joy products. I am finally taking care of me without the accompaniment of mom guilt.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Conagra Brands. All opinions are mine alone. #RecipesThatCrock #SeasonalSolutions #CollectiveBias
Can I admit something? I don’t always look forward to dinner time. It’s one area of my life where I sometimes lack motivation and inspiration. Pinterest sometimes assists with recipes, but if the recipe requires a lot of time or many ingredients, I typically run as quickly as I can. Busy moms can’t always prepare gourmet meals, so tasty and easy is usually the mealtime goal for families. My crockpot Mangolian BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders recipe is just one of the easiest meals I’ve created.
I’m not a food blogger, which is why you’ll find food recipes here and there on this blog. However, when I come up with a recipe that is as delicious and easy as this simple crockpot meal, I must share. Mangolian BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders are perfect for a midweek meal, tailgating, and even a party entree. It requires only a handful of (inexpensive) main ingredients–chicken breasts, P.F. Chang’s® Mangolian BBQ Home Menu Sauce, brown sugar and pineapple. All these ingredients put into the crockpot for a few hours creates something special–an easy and flavorful entree.
I found all these ingredients at Meijer. Their multicultural food section made it super easy to find the sauce. When it came to choosing what flavor I wanted to accompany my chicken, I was torn between the La Choy® Teriyaki Sauce and the P.F. Chang’s Mangolian BBQ Sauce. I knew both would give me the tangy taste I was searching for, but I ultimately went with the Mangolian BBQ Sauce.
The P.F. Chang’s sauces are free of artificial flavors, sticks to the protein or veggies being cooked, and are created with premium and distinct ingredients.
Ok, you probably want to know how to make these sliders, so let me tell how to create them!
Mangolian BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders
What You’ll Need
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 bottle of P.F. Chang’s Mangolian BBQ Home Menu Sauce
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 whole pineapple
For easy clean-up later and superior non-stick, spray the bottom of the crockpot with PAM® Pump Spray (It only has three simple ingredients, no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.).
Add all ingredients, minus the pineapple, to the crockpot and combine.
Cook on high for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
While you wait, cut the pineapple into slices and refrigerate.
Shred fully cooked chicken with a hand mixer. To avoid sauce splatter, set mixer to the lowest setting and use in a pulsating fashion.
Serve warm on slider buns and garnish with 1/2 slices of pineapple. Serves 4-6.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in partnership with Innovation Press. All thoughts expressed are my own.
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.
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 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.
This post is in partnership with Brightly. Thoughts shared are 100% my own.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
This is a sponsored post, however, all thoughts are my own.
When we found out our third child was on the way, we knew we needed to shop for a larger vehicle. We desperately needed the third row option, and my Dodge Nitro did not have that. Many families we know have minivans and raved about them when we asked them why a minivan. Some of their answers tempted me to lean towards wanting a minivan, like the sliding doors that allowed the kids to jump right in with ease. Deep down inside, my pride said “Nah, get the SUV you’ve always wanted”. So, after months of looking, we finally found our new family car, a GMC Yukon.
Why do so many families struggle to make a decision between a SUV versus a minivan? Recently, I have seen several people make a public poll on Facebook, asking whether they should spend a little more for an SUV or (in most cases) make a more economic decision by going for the minivan. It really is a big deal in a parent’s life, or so we think.
What is the best way to decide which car will best work for your family?
Personally, I wanted something that could fit all three children comfortably, but still allow me to not feel like I was driving a “mom mobile”. I get that a minivan is sometimes more functional than a large SUV, but I JUST. DID. NOT. WANT. ONE. So I didn’t, and a year later, we are still enjoying our massive ride.
Cars.com has a cool feature where you can research and compare multiple cars. Since the site has a massive database of new and used cars for sale nationwide, shoppers can use this to get information on any make, model and year of a car, including consumer reviews. If you really want to know which SUV or minivan will best fit your family’s needs, cars.com is a great place to begin your search.
So whether you want a car that makes you forget you have kids or you want a 15-passenger van to chauffeur the kids around, you can save valuable time by first researching, and possibly purchasing your next car by consulting cars.com. Whichever car you choose, be sure to use it to make some great family memories!