I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. Thoughts expressed are my own.
There are many celebrations throughout the year, but only one supports and helps children see themselves in literary works–Multicultural Children’s Book Day! This year, Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 is on January 27. It is in its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Its mission is to raise awareness on 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.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team is on a mission to change all of that, which is why I have joined them again by reviewing Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs.
Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs
I love children’s books that have meaning and sentimental value. A fun and adventurous story is great, but a story that shares a message of love and hope gets me every time. Author Susan Schaefer Bernardo and illustrator Courtenay Fletcher have created a love letter that easily pulls on the heart strings of all its readers–Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs. This letter is from an adult to a child and what’s fantastic about it is that it’s fitting for many types of relationships: parent to child, grandparent to child, a special teacher to child, foster parent to child, and on and on.
If I chose one word to describe the theme of the story, it would be connection. The characters in the story find assurance that they will always be together, even when apart. Nature and things like the starry skies, sunny days, visits of snowflakes and raindrops keep them connected. It’s a story that encourages and reminds little ones that they are not alone and, most importantly, loved.
I have no personal experiences with the foster care system, but for some reason, reading Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs made me envision children who are in foster care. I see this book in the hands of a foster child who has been with a family for an extended time. The family and child may have made a wonderful connection but for whatever reason, the family cannot provide a permanent placement and home for the child. I can just imagine the impact this book could make in the lives of children in these circumstances.
Children of many ethnicities and geographic locations are represented in the gorgeous illustrations. From the palest shade to the deepest shade, children can see characters with their same skin color throughout the story, making this read perfect for everyday, especially Multicultural Children’s Book Day. If you follow me, you know that a book that showcases diversity will always go on my list of favorites.
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Current MCBD Sponsors
MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman,
Author sponsors include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin, Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson, Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O’Malley, Stacy McAnulty, Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang
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