To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colours of a rainbow. — Maya Angelou

Mother’s Day! Love your mothers and listen to them, they do know better than you think! Greek moms are a real hurricane! Their love is uncompromising and they are so caring like mothers around the globe. The mentality of a Greek mother is expressed in the following humorous but so truthful sayings that kids are fed up to hear but always remember as time goes by!

Enjoy the way the Greek mum shows their affection, love, and endless support to their kids no matter their age! Here are some for you! https://greekreporter.com/2021/05/09/greek-mother-sayings/ Till next time’s Rock Post, LOVE your mothers and think of them often!

1. “If you do/say this again I’ll have a heart attack!”
– Because guilt is best used by Greek mothers…

2. “There is no ‘why’! It’s because I said so.”
– She’s right, she’s your mother…

3. “Wear a clean pair of underwear. Should you get injured and brought to the hospital, what would the nurses say?”

– They wouldn’t pay attention to the blood and to the fact that you’re dying, but they will notice your dirty underwear. But, who knows, one of the nurses may become your future wife…

4. “You’re like your father.”
– He’s to blame for everything bad that happens, including a possible alien invasion…

5. “Do you know what time you came home last night?”
– Of course, your  Greek mother sure does!

6. “Won’t you become a father one day? I hope your children will do to you the same things you’ve done to me.”
– Family justice must be served…

7. “Stop walking barefoot on the floor or you’ll get a cold.”
– Every Greek mother has graduated from med school and everyone in the house knows that…

8. “Go on grouching and you’ll see what will happen. I brought you into this world, and I can kill you.”
– Careful — she really feels she is within her rights!

9. “When I was your age, I had already two children.”
– When she was your age, it was 1960 – Kennedy was alive, and Elizabeth was still Queen of England. Things have changed. Well, almost changed…

10. “Call your aunt, it’s her birthday today.”
– A Greek mother always pays attention to events Which could upset the family harmony and will instruct you to call, even if you only speak to your aunt once a year on her birthday.

I Carry Your Heart With Me is a children’s adaptation of the beloved E. E. Cummings poem, beautifully illustrated by Mati Rose McDonough. Showing the strong bond of love between mother and child, within nature and throughout life, Cummings’ heartfelt words expressed through McDonough’s lovely illustrations combine to create a fresh, yet classic, the portrayal of love. First published by Liveright Publishing in 1952 in Complete Poems: 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings, as [i carry your heart with me (i carry it in], “I Carry Your Heart With Me” has become a classic and very popular poem over the years. McDonough’s illustrations provide a new artistic interpretation of this familiar poem.

A working mother reassures her child that even when they’re apart, they’re always in each other’s hearts. This lovely board book is perfect for moms to share with their little ones.

Though we’re not together
we’re never truly apart,
because you’re always on my mind
and you’re always in my heart.

This is what a mother tells her child as she leaves for work each day. This lovely board book perfectly captures the sentiment that many women feel about being a working mom. The lyrical text takes us through a mother’s day away, showing us that although she’s working hard, her child is always on her mind and always in her heart.

A young girl is torn by her desire to stay home with her family and the familiarity of their village, and her desire to go to school and discover the world beyond the mountains that surround them. Every time the girl insists that she will stay, her mother repeats that she must go―that there is more to life than labor in the coffee fields. Their loving exchange reveals the struggles and sacrifices that they will both have to make for the sake of the young girl’s future. The sweet, simple text captures a mother’s love and her wish for a life of opportunity for her daughter.

During a visit to her grandma s house, a young girl discovers a box of poems in the attic, poems written by her mother when she was growing up. Her mother s family often moved around the United States and the world because her father was in the Air Force. Over the years, her mother used poetry to record her experiences in the many places the family lived. Reading the poems and sharing those experiences through her mother s eyes, the young girl feels closer to her mother than ever before. To let her mother know this, she creates a gift: a book with her own poems and copies of her mother s. And when she returns her mother s poems to the box in the attic, she leaves her own poems too, for someone else to find, someday. Using free verse for the young girl s poems and tanka for her mother s, master poet Nikki Grimes creates a tender intergenerational story that speaks to every child s need to hold onto special memories of home, no matter where that place might be.

A young child asks his mother to tell the story of where he came from. I might tell how you came from a land far away in a hot air balloon. The basket slowly drifted down like a feather into our yard. I dropped the firewood I was carrying and ran to you. You re home now, I said. Or maybe it was a lark and not a stork that brought the child to the mother. Or perhaps he was rescued from a dragon! Each lyrical and fantastic tale contains a small kernel of truth that pieces together the baby s journey across a wide ocean into his new mother’s arms. Beautifully illustrated by Jessica Lanan, The Story I’ll Tell is a gentle and moving story of adoption and parental love that is sure to touch the hearts of readers everywhere, no matter how they came to be a family.

“A tender knockout. It’s rare to find much vitality, spontaneity, and depth of feeling in such a simple, young book.”—Kirkus Reviews

Vera Williams tells of a young girl who, along with her waitress mother, saves coins in a big jar in hopes that they can someday buy a new chair for their apartment, the kind of chair her mother deserves after being on her feet all day in the Blue Tile Diner. Into the jar also goes the money Grandma saves whenever she gets a bargain at the market.

There hasn’t been a comfortable place to sit in the apartment since a fire in their previous apartment burned everything to “charcoal and ashes.” Friends and neighbors brought furniture to their new apartment downstairs, but no one brought anything big or soft or comfortable. Finally the jar is full, the coins are rolled, and in the book’s crowning moment, mother, daughter, and Grandma search four different furniture stores, and after carefully trying several chairs, like Goldilocks, they find the chair they’ve been dreaming of at last.

Vera Williams enhances this story about family, community, and the power of working together toward a common goal with her signature folk art-inspired paintings.

A Chair for My Mother has sold more than a million copies and is an ideal choice for reading and sharing at home and in the classroom. “A superbly conceived picture book expressing the joyful spirit of a loving family.”—The Horn Book

The sun rises, and a bear and cub begin their day together. They splash in the water, climb mountains, watch the colorful lights in the shimmering sky, and play with friends. They show their love for each other by touching noses, chasing each other, and, of course, hugging and snuggling before bed. A sweet, gentle rhyme, perfect for sharing with a special little one that also includes a “To” and “From” personalization page in the front of the book, making this heartwarming book an ideal gift.

Celebrate Mom’s special day with The Very Hungry Caterpillar in this colorful book featuring Eric Carle’s joyful illustrations.

Show Mom just how much she means with this colorful book from the World of Eric Carle. Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar as he honors Mother’s Day and celebrates incredible parents everywhere. With joyful illustrations and colorful creatures, this charming keepsake is a great way to show parents, grandparents, soon-to-be mothers, aunts, friends, or whomever you call Mom just how much you care.

“The giving of love is an education in itself.”Eleanor Roosevelt

If you wonder what is the big fuss about Love and Valentine’s day then you have to think how powerful Love can be like a strong medication making our brain wonder.  The brain patterns of the individuals in Love use the imagery of their loved ones to feel the Love flooding their hearts.

Love and the need to be loved is a very essential need and is usually best expressed in books. Writers and poets convey the true and pure meaning of Love that derives from the human psyche and doesn’t need to have qualms or judge and wander. Love is powerful because it transforms and evolves with the aim to alter our life and fuse joy in us.  For this year’s Valentine choose one of the books I recommend to fill your hearts with joy and spread your Love around. It’s the most important thing to do, so someone remembers your Love and who knows, since miracles happen to those who believe, the Universe may make your wish come true! Serendipity is always there to help us discover the magic moments of Love! Till next time’s Rock Post, take life as it comes; choose to show your Love so you shake others’ heart and mind!

Little ones adore being independent and trying new things. But they also need Mom and Dad’s reassurance and snuggles. With her spare, lyrical text, debut author Meg Fleming captures the exuberance, the affection, and the tender push-and-pull of life with a child. And illustrator Sarah Jane Wright’s evocative illustrations infuse the story with generous helpings of warmth and love.

From the bestselling author of I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… comes an irresistible meditation on the quest for connection. When an elephant falls in love, he does many foolish things. He hides when the elephant-object of his affection is around. He writes dozens of letters that he will never send. And he tries to be healthy, but ends up finishing the cheesecake. This soulful book is at once relatable and revealing, a reminder that love is worth striving for, and that the very best things in life will come to those who wait.

One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel all right: Adapted from one of Bob Marley’s most beloved songs, One Love brings the joyful spirit and unforgettable lyrics to life for a new generation. Readers will delight in dancing to the beat and feeling the positive groove of change when one girl enlists her community to help transform her neighborhood for the better. It’s a testament to the amazing things that can happen when we all get together with one love in our hearts.

  • Heartwarming picture book filled with vibrant and upbeat illustrations
  • Fun book to read or sing aloud for families or elementary schools
  • Adapted by Cedella Marley, the oldest child of legendary musician Bob Marley, who has dedicated herself to keeping her father’s message and memory alive

Meet a green-fingered family whose diverse community is bursting with love in this lushly illustrated and lyrical picture book.

This beautiful and warmly-told story teaches us that love really does grow everywhere, in all shapes, forms and sizes.

Through gentle, rhyming text and vibrant illustrations, feel the love in a close-knit family who grow plants and sell them in their local market, and discover the types of love that exist in the many homes of their diverse community.

There are kisses from Dad, songs with Grandma, charity from neighbours and playtime with friends. There’s old love, new love and everything in between!

But there’s a new kid who is not quite so sure… Can the gardeners’ daughter be brave and extend the love to him?

Beautiful and characterful illustrations from the exceptionally talented Tisha Lee help bring this book to life, and the gentle rhyming text from Barry Timms helps underscore the message of kindness, charity and love.
 
This warm and charming tale, perfect for Valentine’s Day and beyond, celebrates the many different ways love grows to make a brighter world.

A great big hug in book form, Snuggle Puppy is a year-round valentine from parent to child. It is bright, chunky, a pleasure to hold, and has a die-cut cover that reveals a glimpse of the joy inside before it’s even opened. Best of all, it’s packed, of course, with pure Boynton: her inimitable language, her inimitable illustrations, her inimitable sense of fun.

OOO, Snuggle Puppy of mine! Everything about you is especially fine. I love what you are. I love what you do. Fuzzy little Snuggle Puppy, I love you. Featuring a sweet and cuddly doggie cast and rhyming verse, Snuggle Puppy is the perfect bedtime book to read last, because of an ending that kids will want again and again: I started with OOO. . . . Now we’ll end like this: [BIG SMOOCH!]

From the New York Times bestselling author of I Wish You More, Amy Krouse Rosenthal and her daughter Paris Rosenthal comes to the heartwarming and inspiring Dear Girl,

Dear Girl is a remarkable love letter written for the special girl in your life.

Through Amy and Paris’s charming text and Holly Hatam’s stunning illustrations, any girl reading this book will feel that she’s perfect—whether she enjoys jumping in a muddy puddle, has a face full of freckles, or dances on tabletops.

This book encourages girls to always be themselves and to love who they are—inside and out.

Love is baking a special cake. Love is lending a helping hand. Love is reading onemore book. In this exuberant board book, many different families are shown in happy activity, from an early-morning wake-up to a kiss before bed. Whether a child has two moms, two dads, one parent, or one of each, this simple preschool read-aloud demonstrates that what’s most important in each family’s life is the love the family members share

It’s never too early to talk to your little ones about activism and standing up for the values close to their hearts. I simply adore this book, inspired by a true story of a child who attended the 2017 Women’s March in New York City. The book is based on young Mari’s desire to share a message with the world. Unsure how she will be heard, she writes a simple message on a poster, which she carries with her at the march. Before she knows it, her words are amplified beyond her wildest dreams – and she learns that even the youngest among us can raise our voices to change the world!


For the youngest member of an exuberant extended family, Sunday dinner at Grannie’s can be full indeed — full of hugs and kisses, full of tasty dishes, full to the brim with happy faces, and full, full, full of love. With a special focus on the bond between little Jay Jay and his grannie, Trish Cooke introduces us to a gregarious family we are sure to want more, more, more of.

Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness . . . our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside, with language that is lyrical but also direct to empower readers to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions.
 
With whimsical illustrations and an irresistible die-cut heart that extends through each spread, this gorgeously packaged and unique feelings book is sure to become a storytime favorite.
 
The Growing Hearts series celebrates the milestones of a toddler’s emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling. Read them all!

From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of I Wish You More, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, this delectable follow-up to the bestselling Cookies and Christmas Cookies defines words that are associated with love.

From letting your friend have the last cookie (selfless) to waiting to lick the bowl together (considerate), here is a book for anyone looking for the right words to say I love you. Meanings are illuminated in this different kind of dictionary, which is every bit as heartwarming as the experience of baking cookies with someone you love.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s sweet little lessons, mixed with warm and inviting illustrations by mother-daughter duo Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer, make for a book that will hit the spot! Go ahead, have another bite! (And another.)

A lovely Valentine’s Day present, especially with some home-baked cookies.

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” “Maya Angelou”

Generation Z kids and money – their thoughts revealed

Celebrating Thrift Day every 31st of October worldwide is a nice way to rethink and evaluate the ways little kids have to follow in order to save money. When I discuss with my Greek students on pocket money issue, they usually refer to their grandparents as their resort to get money in a form of gift or borrowed money after receiving good grades or being helpful to them.

Pocket money is important for kids around the globe and a lot of them don’t even get the chance to get some money on the contrary they work for nothing to support their families. Whatever the situation every kid experiences and the country’s mentality, kids need to know the importance of economising for a rainy day and have their own budget from a young age so they become more aware of the meaning of saving money and not being reckless spenders when they grow up. Money is nothing some say but others belive money is everything. Whta I remind to my students is that money come and go and change hands all the time, what counts in your life is to use your mind efficiently and money so you enjoy life to the most!

Checking on the following website you can trace info on coins, free educational games and enrich your students’ minds about money with a great lesson plan.

https://www.usmint.gov/learn/kids/coins-life/parts-of-a-coin

Till next Rock Post, get to know all the facts about coins, designs and much more, along with good books on the importance of saving!

In this witty, wise picture book, Boelts presents a kid’s-eye view of a consumer fad that rages through school at gale force.” — BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS (starred review)

All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. Though Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for “want,” just “need,” when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy soon sees that the things he has — warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend — are worth more than the things he wants.

A coin is a piece of history you can hold in your hand!

Coins are mostly round, made of metal, and have different values. They come in many different sizes, and some have historical faces on them, or animals, or even buildings.

Lots and Lots of Coins is full of fun facts and insights about the history of coins and the money we use today. You’ll never look at your piggy bank the same way again!

Learn how moneylending grew into today’s banking industry, and how credit allows us to spend money we don’t even have.This series takes readers (Ages 8-12) on a historical journey, examining how people coped in the past and how they developed ingenious ways to make life safer and less unpleasant. Each book features full-color cartoon-style illustrations and hilarious speech bubbles to heighten interest, making the series attractive even to reluctant readers.None of us has as much money as we would like, but imagine if money didn’t exist at all. How would we buy the things we need, or sell the things we don’t need? Who would decide whether a basket of fruit is worth the same as a hunting spear? Many things have been used as money, from live animals through cowrie shells to plastic cards.

Teach your kids the basics about finances. There’s no such thing as too early when it comes to these things. Properly seal the deal about money and how to value them and other possessions by introducing this book – Everything a Kid Needs to Know About Money. Your children are going to grow up responsibly when you get them a copy now.

Five-year-old Sebastian Martinez—with the help of his older brother, Brandon—turns his love for socks into a business that not only makes wacky socks, but also enables the duo to finally revamp the school dress code. Follow along as the brothers become Little Launchers! “Sebastian Creates a Sock Company” is the story of Are Your Kidding?, a sock company founded by kid entrepreneur Sebastian Martinez and brother Brandon Martinez. The Little Launchers book series showcases the true stories of real kid entrepreneurs who have started and continue to manage real businesses. The goal of the series is to inspire children everywhere to think creatively and solve the problems they see around them.

This book, about Sebastian Martinez, is one of four in the series!

ADVANCE PRAISE“Sebastian’s entrepreneurial enthusiasm is contagious, and this is the remarkable story of his success. Any parent who wants to instill in their children the value of hard work and a can-do attitude should give the gift of this wonderful real-life story.”— Congressman Carlos Curbelo, Florida Representative, U.S. House of Representatives

“This true story of Sebastian and his sock company embodies the power of entrepreneurship – it allows anyone to turn problems into opportunities with hard work and the support of those around them. Stories like this, and the Little Launchers series, can empower kids everywhere to embrace what makes them unique to help others, while allowing parents to see the impact they can have on their kids’ confidence through supporting them to take action on their ideas.”— Laurie Stach, Founder and Executive Director, MIT Launch Program

“The Little Launchers series challenges adults, as well as kids, to respect the power of young minds. Sebastian’s story, and his mother’s guidance throughout the founding process, give parents a model for encouraging entrepreneurial traits and creativity. Every young kid should have exposure to this kind of problem-solving adventure.”— Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital and Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School.

A flash of boats sprouts across ocean fields.Sailors might take root, but what of the seahorses? (Sitanshu Yashaschandra)

Being entangled in many projects doesn’t seem to be the best idea while being on vacation, but when there is no other option then I think of blue crystal waters and seahorses! This month’s Rock post is about seahorses after encountering online a site with crafts for preschoolers! https://homeschoolpreschool.net/seahorse-crafts/ yea! and this one at https://www.craftsonsea.co.uk/10-seahorse-crafts-for-kids/ , with the Felt seahorse tutorial! But nothing seems more interesting than holding a book with seahorses and trust me there are so many I couldn’t make up my mind which ones to present! I hope you enjoy your time being educated on these creatures that make us wonder! Till next month’s Rock post, have fun on the beach and enjoy the summer bliss!

Photo credit by Ippocampus Institute org. Greece

seahorse (also written sea-horse and sea horse) is any of 46 species of small marine fish in the genusHippocampus. “Hippocampus” comes from the Ancient Greekhippókampos (ἱππόκαμπος), itself from híppos (ἵππος) meaning “horse” and kámpos (κάμπος) meaning “sea monster”.  Having a head and neck suggestive of a horse seahorses also feature segmented bony armour, an upright posture and a curled prehensile tail.

In Greece the long-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) can be found in Thessaloniki, in the Guplh of Evoia, in Kos and in the Strymonic Gulp, according to fishbase.org data. https://www.hippocampus-institute.org/en/

Photo credit by vojce / Getty Images 

Wonderful facts for kids to get to know these amazing sea creatures with videos. https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/facts/seahorse

More fun facts from Smithonian with endless info on Seahorses!

https://ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/fish/10-things-you-never-knew-about-seahorses

This board book edition of Eric Carle’s iconic Mister Seahorse dazzles with its brilliant colors and charming cast of characters. 

When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse’s belly! She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets other underwater fathers caring for their babies. Now Eric Carle’s heart-warming New York Times bestseller is finally available in a board book edition, complete with the clear “peek-a-boo” pages that made the original such a hit. Brimming with bright, colorful sea life, this new board book will be irresistable to young children everywhere.

Little Seahorse is a supercharged seahorse! He swims circles around his seahorse friends, bounces around the butterflyfish and plays tag with the trumpetfish. All the sea animals are in awe of his speed! But Little Seahorse’s games aren’t always fun for everyone. He leaves Octopus in a tangle, makes Pufferfish inflate and sends Turtle into a spin! 

Will Little Seahorse learn to control his speed and listen to his friends’ advice? Or is he too fast to follow? 

Echo Reef loves sea horses so much, she wants one for a pet…no matter what!

Of all the creatures in the ocean, sea horses are Echo Reef’s favorite. They’re sweet and gentle and they glide through the water so gracefully. When Echo discovers that Rocky Ridge, one of her Trident Academy classmates, has his own pet sea horse, she wants one right away. Not everyone agrees sea horses should be pets, however—perhaps they are happiest when swimming freely. But Echo thinks that if Rocky can make a sea horse happy, she can too! Can’t she?

Sully the Seahorse is a heart-warming, beautifully illustrated rhyming picture book which encourages children to believe in themselves and to be proud of who they are.

It’s the day of the Sea School Stars annual talent contest and little Sully really wants to win!! Oh, how he longs to be a super-fast fish or a gigantic, strong whale. Poor Sully never wins ANYTHING!

This heart-warming story follows Sully on his race for victory – where he comes across a BIG challenge and discovers his own very special talents. ON YOUR MARKS, READY……GET SET GO!!!

The ocean is buzzing with excitement practising their performances for the competition….all except for Sully who doesn’t feel very good at anything at all.

“The contest starts soon,” reminded Miss Trout.
Sully felt worried and started to shout:
“Do I have to take part, Miss? Please say no.”
“Yes,” she replied. “You should give it a go.”

Poor Sully becomes disheartened as he loses some of the races, but the contest comes to a halt when a dark shadow descends upon Sea School and threatens to change Sully’s future forever!

Will Sully find his sparkle before it’s too late?

The book explores the issue of self-esteem in a fun and heart-warming way and encourages children to celebrate differences and appreciate their own talents and qualities. It’s sometimes hard for children to understand that they can’t always be the best at everything.

One of life’s most important lessons is learning how to deal with making mistakes and being able to lose!

Children sometimes find it difficult to understand why they came last in the race, or why they never win the writing contest. Sully discovers in the story that if you keep on trying then you’ll find your own special talents – and that’s the message for children too – just keep trying and be proud of who you are! It encourages children to become resilient so that they can bounce back from challenges and failure.

This is the second book in my Sea School Stories series. The first book, Monty the Manatee, focuses on kindness and anti-bullying and has sold thousands of copies around the world.

Take a journey to the bottom of the sea with the gentle merman farmer who tends fanciful fields of sea cucumbers and sea beans with the help of his two seahorses. He must defend his cowfish and sea hens from fierce sea lions and tiger sharks, and free any sea creatures caught in traps or nets dropped from above. Legendary artist Dahlov Ipcar brings this enchanting undersea world to life with her vibrant illustrations and clever transformation of a traditional farmer’s tasks to a deep sea setting.

From renowned picture book illustrator Jerry Pinkney comes a dramatic and beautifully painted pop-up compendium of sea creatures. From crabs to seahorses to hammerhead sharks to octopi to corals, the animals in this volume literally jump off the page at you. Every spread surprises with a fishy friend coming up for air and multiple pull tabs which allow kids to learn more about their fascinating behavior.

This interactive book captures all the lush beauty of the underwater world in Jerry Pinkney’s evocative illustrations. The animals and their ocean home come to life through the paper engineering of John Strejan and Jim Diaz. The simple text adds authoritative information to this richly entertaining experience.

Each interactive spread encourages readers to explore a particular ocean environment and its cast of characters: an anemone rides a hermit crab, which looms from its shell, claws waving; a goosefish wiggles its lure to entice smaller fish into its umbrella-wide mouth; a coral reef brims with camouflaged creatures; a squid speeds through the water like a jet. Hints in the text direct kids to the harder-to-find pop-ups and the interactive features hidden within the layout, which reflect the way certain sea creatures blend into their seafloor seascape. This is one cool book that kids will want to pore over again and again. Come on in, the water’s wonderful!

Seahorse Coloring Book:

This coloring book is the perfect way to relieve stress and aid relaxation while enjoying beautiful and highly detailed images. Each coloring page will transport you into a world of your own while your responsibilities will seem to fade away.

This is a great gift idea for:

  • Birthday Gifts
  • Happy New year Gifts
  • Christmas Gifts
  • Meeting New Friends Gifts
  • Family Gifts
  • Valentine’s day Gifts
  • And much more……..

Features of this Coloring Book:

  • Perfect With Your Choice Of Coloring Tools (Crayon, Gel Pens, Markers, Colored Pencils)
  • Each Coloring Page Is Designed To Help Relax And Stay Inspired.
  • Each Coloring Page Is On One Sheet. Printed One Sided. 
  • Thick paper prevents marker or pen from bleeding through to the next page.
  • Buy Now, Start Coloring, and Relax…

“Away, away, from men and towns, To the wild wood and the downs, — To the silent wilderness, Where the soul need not repress its music.” Percy Bysshe Shelley.

A belated summer list for books related to the environment to initiate your kid in reading about the sea and nature. Enjoy this Rockpost and wait for more during summer! We are busy bees around many things! See yaa!!

The Dark Blue Sea! by George Byron

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.-

Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean-roll!
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain;
Man marks the earth with ruin-his control
Stops with the shore;-upon the watery plain
The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain
A shadow of man’s ravage, save his own,
When for a moment, like a drop of rain,
He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan,
Without a grave, unknell’d, uncoffin’d, and unknown.

His steps are not upon thy paths-thy fields
Are not a spoil for him-thou dost arise
And shake him from thee; the vile strength he wields
For earth’s destruction thou dost all despise,
Spurning him from thy bosom to the skies,
And send’st him, shivering in thy playful spray,
And howling, to his gods, where haply lies
His petty hope in some near port or bay,
And dashest him again to earth: there let him lay.

The armaments which thunderstrike the walls
Of rock-built cities, bidding nations quake,
And monarchs tremble in their capitals,
The oak leviathans, whose huge ribs make
Their clay creator the vain title take
Of lord of thee, and arbiter of war;
These are thy toys, and, as the snowy flake,
They melt into thy yeast of waves, which mar
Alike the armada’s pride, or spoils of Trafalgar.

Thy shores are empires, changed in all save thee-
Assyria, Greece, Rome, Carthage, what are they?
Thy waters washed them power while they were free,
And many a tyrant since: their shores obey
The stranger, slave or savage; their decay
Has dried up realms to deserts:-not so thou,
Unchangeable, save to thy wild waves’ play-
Time writes no wrinkle on thine azure brow-
Such as creation’s dawn beheld, thou rollest now.

Thou glorious mirror, where the Almighty’s form
Glasses itself in tempests; in all time
Calm or convulsed-in breeze, or gale, or storm,
Icing the pole, or in the torrid clime
Dark-heaving; boundless, endless and sublime-
The image of eternity-the throne
Of the invisible; even from out thy slime
The monsters of the deep are made; each zone
Obeys thee; thou goest forth, dread, fathomless, alone.

And I have loved thee, ocean! And my joy
Of youthful sports was on thy breast to be
Borne, like thy bubbles, onward: from a boy
I wanton’d with thy breakers-they to me
Were a delight; and if the freshening sea
Made them a terror-’twas a pleasing fear,
For I was as it were a child of thee,
And trusted to thy billows far and near,
And laid my hand upon thy mane – as I do here.

Dive into this book and be swept away on a journey around our green and blue planet, from the peak of the snowiest mountaintop to the bottom of the deepest, bluest ocean. Meet the birds circling its skies, the beasts prowling its plains, and the people toiling in its fields and forests and cities… Explore all the worlds that make up our world, and hear the voices, past and present, that sing out from it. From haikus to sonnets, from rap to the Romantics, this joyous collection celebrates life in all corners of our beautiful planet.

This educational book will teach young budding ecologists about how our actions affect planet Earth and the big impact we can make by the little things we do.

It is a lively kid’s educational book with fabulous illustrations and fun facts about the world broken into easy to digest bite-sized bits. Each page can be looked at in short bursts or longer reads for more detail, making it a great children’s book for a range of age groups.

This environment book for children has a wealth of ideas for becoming a planet-defending hero:
-Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes
-Learn where about our Earth’s limited resources and how to take some pressure off
-Your trash is another man’s treasure
-Small changes to take your home from wasteful to super resource efficient
-Dive into saving our oceans and super recycling
-And much, much more

Little Turtle and the Changing Sea by Becky Davies — Southampton Books -  Sag Harbor Books

A beautiful, lyrical story which explores the problem of plastic in the ocean, and the challenges facing marine life.

Little Turtle loves the ocean with her whole heart. As the years pass, she repeats an incredible journey across the world to the beautiful coral reefs. But one day she finds that plastic has invaded her beloved ocean. Could Turtle’s journey be over forever?

The Story of Climate Change, an environmental book for kids

Combining history with science, this book charts the changes in our Earth’s climate, from the beginnings of the planet and its atmosphere, to the Industrial revolution and the dawn of machinery. You’ll learn all about the causes of climate change, such as factory farming and pollution, and the effects that climate change has on humans and animals across the world.
 
As well as discovering the effects of global warming, you’ll discover practical ways we can work together to solve it, from using renewable energy to swapping meat for vegetables in our diet.
 

Little People BIG DREAMS Jane Goodall

When Jane was little, her father gave her a toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. This inspired her lifelong love of animals, and she went to study them in the wild as soon as she could. Jane lived with chimpanzees in their natural habitat and became famous for her pioneering approach to research. She now educates the public on animal rights. This moving book features stylish illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the primatologist’s life.

Let's Save Our Planet Forests

Do you want to make a difference and help change the world? If the answer’s yes then this book is for you!

Turn the pages and discover everything you need to know about deforestation and the ways we can tackle it. From scientists and conservationists helping to protect forest creatures, to tech inventions like robot tree-planters, this book helps children aged 8 and up to discover the incredible solutions to deforestation that are being worked on around the world right now. 

Readers can begin by exploring different forest types around the world, discovering what makes each of them precious and unique, before taking a look at the causes, effects and solutions to deforestation. The final section explores what readers can do to help. Filled with guides, tips and lessons in how to use your voice and change your habits, these pages help readers learn how they can make a difference.

Engaging text by Dr Jess French, presenter of Minibeast Adventure with Jess on CBeebies, with stunning artwork by Alexander Mostov, illustrator of D-Day: Untold Stories of the Normandy Landings Inspired by 20 Real-Life People

Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better. –Albert Einstein.

Spring sun infuses life to all of us, sentiments of joy and fun! New born life blooms all around us filling the places with a buzzing tranquillity. Bees and butterflies remind us of how busy life can be in nature’s cycle and how wonderfully this cycle goes around season by season, year by year. After a harsh winter from many aspects now I got my strength back to write my RockPost for the month of April. Writing on a blog is a great commitment and involves careful planning. Thinking of how life can change in a matter of days, I decided that what is the most important thing to do is to simply ponder what I should do! What I am told the last month or so, is to Relax and Take a breath! No chance for the second. I will be luckier next month regarding the first one, I guess. Nature is the best medicine when life’s cycle in real life seems to need that break. Especially kids, after being enclosed inside somany months need to enjoy nature and what is the best way for that? Gardening is the keyword.

If grasshoppers of any kind jump on your hands, hair or scare the wits out of you, well be open to possibilities, my little gardeners! Life is a journey full of surprises and getting to know plants, insects is a good way to get rid of your tablets and video games! You may scream at the top of your lungs and dance furiously because of the unknown visitor but still see the funny side of things. Check here: Quick Growing Seeds for Flowers and Vegetables to Grow with Kids

https://rainydaymum.ac.uk https://rainydaymum.co.uk/gardening-with-kids/

Gardens is the best place to be surrounded by smells and plant fresh seeds or take care of the season’s plants and flowers. Be the reason for helping to this season’s blooming! Grab one of the following books outdoors, and read to flowers and trees. Your words will have that magic spell to make your garden and nature feel your inner power for change and beauty. Till next time’s RockPost enjoy your stay!

Peek inside this spring-inspired pop-up book and discover how flowers are more than just beautiful; they are critical components of the natural world.
Bees buzz, hummingbirds sip, and bats flit amongst the brilliant petals. Each spread is filled with unique pop-ups, revealing pull-tabs, and captivating educational facts!

 Seed is Sleepy is an artistic, “contemplative” (School Library Journal) title about the somewhat anthropomorphized qualities of seeds, (sleepy, adventurous, naked…) Each spread is devoted to a specific quality, with a short phrase like “A seed is sleepy”, a few paragraphs of text explaining why this is the case, and richly detailed sketches.

School Library Journal ended their starred review of this book by saying, “this book is a wonderful addition to units that focus not only on seeds and plants, but also on writing and the language arts.” Indeed, this book would be a fantastic jumping off point for an activity that mixes creative writing and art with science.

Packed with more than 1,000 incredible images and full of fascinating facts, this beautiful children’s book takes you on an exciting expedition through the wonders of the plant kingdom.

Explore the incredible world of plants, from the smallest seeds to the tallest trees. Find out about the weirdest, smelliest, and deadliest flowers. Which plants eat insects? How do cacti store water? What flower looks like a bee? Where is the tallest tree in the world? Trees, Leaves, Flowers & Seeds explores the mysterious world of plants to find the answers to these and many more questions.

Each type of plant – such as a flowering plant, a tree, a grass, or cactus – is examined close-up, with examples shown from all angles and in cross-section. Picture-filled galleries also show the wonderful variety of plants on different themes, from the habitats they grow in to the plants that supply us with our staple foods. But Trees, Leaves, Flowers & Seeds also takes a fun, more sideways look at some truly strange plants, such as trees with fruits like a giant’s fingers, orchids that look like monkey faces, seeds that spin like helicopters, and trees that drip poison.

So open this amazing book and find out more about the world of trees, leaves, flowers, and seeds.

Bees, beetles, bugs, butterflies and more – love them or hate them insects are everywhere. Discover the different varieties, body-structure, life cycles, and behaviour – from why bees make honey to which insects have ears on their knees with DK Eyewitness Insects.

Find out what the earliest insects looked like, how insects fly, and what a wasp’s-eye-view looks like. Learn how insects, often seen as pests by humans, perform a vital role as pollinators of food crops. DK Eyewitness Insects also includes a giant fold-out wall chart full of facts, perfect for bedrooms or classrooms.

With incredible photographs including dueling stag beetles locked in combat, a wasps’ nest under construction, and an adult damselfly emerging from its old skin children will be fascinated by this world of creepy crawlies.

The inspirational story of George Washington Carver and his childhood secret garden is brought to life in this picture book biography by the author-illustrator team behind Muhammad Ali: A Champion Is BornThis nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.

When George Washington Carver was just a young child, he had a secret: a garden of his own.

Here, he rolled dirt between his fingers to check if plants needed more rain or sun. He protected roots through harsh winters, so plants could be reborn in the spring. He trimmed flowers, spread soil, studied life cycles. And it was in this very place that George’s love of nature sprouted into something so much more–his future.

Gene Barretta’s moving words and Frank Morrison’s beautiful paintings tell the inspiring life and history of George Washington Carver, from a baby born into slavery to celebrated botanist, scientist, and inventor. His passion and determination are the seeds to this lasting story about triumph over hardship–a tale that begins in a secret garden.

In the orchard
a honey bee buzzes.
Its legs brush pollen
inside a fragrant
pink flower:

A small green fruit
begins to grow
and grow and grow….

Peaches and peas
and even peanuts —
they all begin with
a single flower:
How?
Open this book
and find out!

Roses are red,
Violets are blue…

And they’re only two of the flowers in this book of bright colors and delightful information. Young readers will be fascinated to find out what flower can be used to make a doll, which flower flavors tea, and which flower farmers feed to chickens.

Author Jerry Pallotta and illustrator Leslie Evans have collaborated to produce a stunning bouquet of words and pictures about the world of flowers–one of nature’s most beautiful gifts.

Tree of Life: World of the African Baobab
A lavishly illustrated look at the stately and unique African baobab tree, which can live over 1000 years, grow 60 feet tall and 40 feet wide, and looks as if it was planted upside down!  This title depicts not only the stages of growth and other details about the tree, but also its interactions with the surrounding environment.

GOLD Winner of the Junior Design Awards in the Best Designed/Illustrated Book for Children category

What does a venus fly trap eat?
How strong is a giant water lily?
Does a cactus flower?

The newest addition to Yuval Zommer’s bestselling series answers these questions and more as it introduces young children to all kinds of colourful, carnivorous, weird and wonderful flowering plants from around the world. It opens with introductory spreads on how to be a botanist; how to recognise different types of flowers; the life-cycle of a plant; flower anatomy; and the seven types of animal pollinators including bats, birds and beetles. Subsequent spreads, illustrated within various habitats, are dedicated to specific varieties of plants, including the carnivorous venus flytrap, the giant water lily and the weird and wonderful corpse flower. Readers will enjoy learning about different edible flowers and why flowers are fragrant or colourful, not to mention grisly details about carnivorous and poisonous flowers.

MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY, 2021! My review for children’s book “CELEBRATE HOLI WITH ME!”

Enjoy a book that celebrates colors as a part of Indian culture and Holi celebration, written by Shoumi Sen & illustrated by Abira Das!

Holi, the Festival of Colors is here, marking the arrival of Spring! Step into this book and watch Riya and her friends immerse everyone in a spectacular carnival of colors, while learning the story of Prahlad and why we celebrate Holi! ‘Celebrate Holi With Me!’ is part of the series ‘From The Toddler Diaries’ and celebrates Holi as experienced by 3 year old Riya. Presented in poetry and color, ‘From The Toddler Diaries’ is designed to drape parents and children in vivid hues of India’s cultural fabric.

Dol Jatra, Phagwah or Fagu

Call Holi what you may,

Old or young, boy or girl, all together we play!

Have you ever thought of a greater way to welcome spring than Holi? Well, you haven’t! The best moments of joy for kids and adults alike is to celebrate this fantastic festival and discover the importance of its origin in the Indian Culture. As well as experience unforgettable moments while playing with colors and feel the true menaing of joy, unleashing imagination, too! Kids will get excited with the rhymimng couplets and of course the illutrations which evoke so much color and fun! The Toddler Dictionary is a great idea to help kids to learn new Indian words and discover their own culture in an enjoyable way!

There are so many fabulous activities to follow for your kids and students so the get acquainted with the Holi celebration that I am sure you will enjoy it up to the most!

What is Holi?

Holi, is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. It is a festival celebrated with colour, water and the exchange of sweets and is primarily observed in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and countries with a large Indian population that follow Hinduism.Holi is celebrated by people throwing scented powder and colored water at each other. Bonfires are lit on the eve of the festival, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi), after which Holika Dahan prayers are said and prasad is offered.Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), on a full moon night, which usually falls in the later part of March.Holi is usually celebrated in March and signals the coming of spring in India, it commemorates the good harvests and the fertile land. It’s the start of new hopes and relationships, signified through the burst of colors everywhere. https://artsycraftsymom.com/holi-crafts-and-activities-for-kids/#What_is_Holi

Teachers brighten your students’ day with printables, puzzles, worksheets, crafts, colouring pages on this amazing site: https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/holi

AUTHOR’S BIO

Shoumi Sen is a Strategy, Sales and Marketing professional at a leading global energy management company. She studied engineering at BITS Pilani and The University of Maryland, College Park, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. Her childhood in Paris, Bombay and Dubai provided her with opportunities to appreciate how Indians preserve a connection to their culture even while living abroad. In Shoumi’s words, “Living outside India, it is sometimes challenging for parents to ensure that their children remain connected to their Indian roots, while at the same time, appreciating the culture of the place they are growing up in. Books can certainly help with that challenge and my hope is that the series ‘From The Toddler Diaries’  can play a part in helping our children grow into global citizens.”When not working or writing, she is always looking for the next travel destination with her family!

You can find Shoumi on: https://www.facebook.com/FromTheToddlerDiaries/

https://www.instagram.com/fromthetoddlerdiariesbooks/

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators. Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Medallion Sponsors!

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE: Mia Wenjen (Prgamaticmom) and Valarie Budayr’s (Audreypress.com)

Platinum SponsorsLanguage Lizard Bilingual Books in 50+ LanguagesAuthor Deedee Cummings and Make A Way Media

Gold Sponsors: Barefoot BooksCandlewick PressCapstone,  Hoopoe Books,  KidLitTVPeachtree Publishing Company Inc.

Silver Sponsors: Charlotte RiggleConnecticut Association of School LibrariansAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddlePack-N-Go Girls

Bronze Sponsors: Agatha Rodi and AMELIE is IMPRESSED!Barnes Brothers BooksCreate and Educate Solutions, LLCDreambuilt BooksDyesha and Triesha McCants/McCants SquaredRedfin Real EstateSnowflake StoriesStar Bright BooksTimTimTom Bilingual Personalized BooksAuthor Vivian KirkfieldWisdom Tales Press,

MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Author Sponsors!

Poster Artist: Nat Iwata

Authors: Author Afsaneh MoradianAuthor Alva Sachs & Three Wishes Publishing CompanyAuthor Angeliki Stamatopoulou-PedersenAuthor Anna OlswangerAuthor Casey Bell Author Claudine NordenAuthor Debbie DadeyAuthor Diana Huang & Intrepids,  Author Eugenia Chu & Brandon goes to BeijingGreen Kids Club,  Author Gwen JacksonAuthor Janet Balletta, Author Josh FunkAuthor Julia InserroKarter Johnson & Popcorn and BooksAuthor Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry BlossomAuthor Keila DawsonMaya/Neel Adventures with Culture GrooveAuthor Mia WenjenMichael GenhartNancy Tupper LingAuthor Natalie MurrayNatalie McDonald-PerkinsAuthor Natasha YimAuthor Phe Lang and Me On The Page Publishing,Sandra Elaine ScottAuthor Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler DiariesSISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. NorrgardSusan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher,  Tales of the Five Enchanted MermaidsAuthor Theresa MackiewiczTonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book SeriesAuthor Toshia StelivanValerie Williams-Sanchez & The Cocoa Kids Collection Books©Author Vanessa Womack, MBAAuthor Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series

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Join us on Friday, Jan 29, 2021, at 9 pm EST for the 8th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party!

This epically fun and fast-paced hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas.

We will be giving away an 8-Book Bundle every 5 minutes plus Bonus Prizes as well! *** US and Global participants welcome. **

Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians. See you all very soon on Twitter!

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MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY, 2021! My review for children’s book “LOST”

“LOST” is a heartfelt children’s book on the importance of keeping memories alive, written by Christine Reynebeau and illustrated by Rchael Hawker; portraying a stuffed animal Lou (a cute giraffe) being Lucy’s favourite companion. The writer in a very sensitive way refers to sadness after we lose something, speaking for Lucy she used to have her giraffe everywhere, sharing these special moments of her life, feeling the bond with her stuffed animal which filled her with joy, security and calmness.

But when she was on a ship traveling with her family on the deck, the wind got Lou, away and Lucy couldn’t overcome the sadness of losing what was most precious for her! Lou! It took her a while to accept her father’s words: “Love never ends, and sadness from loss comes and goes!” Lucy undestands that sadness can’t bring the smile on her face, but what it really counts has to do with the memories we keep in our hearts and help us spread delight in our life.

This amazing book “LOST” is a beautifully written book evoking deep sentiments so our special attachemnet to certain stuffed animals stays forever imprinted in our mind and heart no matter what our age is. The message of harsh seperation is somehting I am sure little readers will grasp right away, feeling sorry for Lucy but realizing that crying brings no end to suffering and loss. The message of hope is best depicted on Lucy’s face and we all feel emotional once we read the word “memories” because memories are what keeps the flame of hope alive! I was so touched by the illustrator’s work, such amazing hues and ovewhelming depiction of Lucy’s sentiments, which made me instantly be connected with Lou and Lucy!

In the following site you can find amazing activites for your kids to play and their stuffed animals. I couldn’t resist in adding one photo! https://www.thespruce.com/stuffed-animal-party-games-2104671

A variety of ideas for teachers to use in classroom are presented in the following link: https://www.weareteachers.com/stuffed-animals-in-the-classroom/ Don;t miss the chance to incorporate them in your thematic lessons on animals!

Yes, there is more fun with night activities and their stuffed animals, I just discovered it! https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/tyc/oct2017/march-stuffed-animals-activities-fun-family

Enjoy lOST BOOK READING BY RACHEL STAIRS.

AUTHOR’S BIO

I grew up in Green Bay, WI, graduated from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Science- Animal Science, and have worked in the youth development field, for both the YMCA and Boy Scouts of America. I currently work for UW-Stevens Point at Wausau.

​In 2013, I was accepted to publish with a vanity press. I published PB & J first, June 2014 and it took another two years to publish GUTS, June 2016. September 2017 was the start of this great new adventure, Dreambuilt Books. In 2018, I’ve published KIND (April 2018) and RESCUE (September 2018). We’ve continued to release at least 1 new title per year with CLEBRATE (April 2019), HOME (Nov 2019) & LOST (July 2020). I am a motivational presenter for writers & librarians, connecting my career and my passions. In both 2017 & 2018, I presented several topics at UntitledTown Book Festival. I have presented for Workforce Development programming and Church Library Associations. In July 2020, HOME received honorable mention in the Purple Dragonfly Children’s Book Awards.

You can find Christine on:https://www.facebook.com/dreambuiltbooks https://www.instagram.com/dreambuiltbooks/, https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Christine-Reynebeau/dp/1735278904/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=dreambuilt+books&qid=1611185898&sr=8-8

About Dreambuilt Books:
Mission: It is our mission to provide literature that teaches and inspires its audience.We aim to provide support, equip with tools, & promote the success of aspiring authors and illustrators.#wearedreambuiltDreambuilt Books 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. https://www.dreambuiltbooks.com/

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators. Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Medallion Sponsors!

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE: Mia Wenjen (Prgamaticmom) and Valarie Budayr’s (Audreypress.com)

Platinum SponsorsLanguage Lizard Bilingual Books in 50+ LanguagesAuthor Deedee Cummings and Make A Way Media

Gold Sponsors: Barefoot BooksCandlewick PressCapstone,  Hoopoe Books,  KidLitTVPeachtree Publishing Company Inc.

Silver Sponsors: Charlotte RiggleConnecticut Association of School LibrariansAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddlePack-N-Go Girls

Bronze Sponsors: Agatha Rodi and AMELIE is IMPRESSED!Barnes Brothers BooksCreate and Educate Solutions, LLCDreambuilt BooksDyesha and Triesha McCants/McCants SquaredRedfin Real EstateSnowflake StoriesStar Bright BooksTimTimTom Bilingual Personalized BooksAuthor Vivian KirkfieldWisdom Tales Press,

MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Author Sponsors!

Poster Artist: Nat Iwata

Authors: Author Afsaneh MoradianAuthor Alva Sachs & Three Wishes Publishing CompanyAuthor Angeliki Stamatopoulou-PedersenAuthor Anna OlswangerAuthor Casey Bell Author Claudine NordenAuthor Debbie DadeyAuthor Diana Huang & Intrepids,  Author Eugenia Chu & Brandon goes to BeijingGreen Kids Club,  Author Gwen JacksonAuthor Janet Balletta, Author Josh FunkAuthor Julia InserroKarter Johnson & Popcorn and BooksAuthor Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry BlossomAuthor Keila DawsonMaya/Neel Adventures with Culture GrooveAuthor Mia WenjenMichael GenhartNancy Tupper LingAuthor Natalie MurrayNatalie McDonald-PerkinsAuthor Natasha YimAuthor Phe Lang and Me On The Page Publishing,Sandra Elaine ScottAuthor Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler DiariesSISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. NorrgardSusan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher,  Tales of the Five Enchanted MermaidsAuthor Theresa MackiewiczTonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book SeriesAuthor Toshia StelivanValerie Williams-Sanchez & The Cocoa Kids Collection Books©Author Vanessa Womack, MBAAuthor Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series

MCBD 2021 is Honored to be Supported by our CoHosts and Global CoHosts!

MCBD 2021 is Honored to be Supported by these Media Partners!

Check out MCBD’s Multicultural Books for Kids Pinterest Board!

FREE RESOURCES from Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Diversity Book Lists & Activities for Teachers and Parents

Homeschool Diverse Kidlit Booklist & Activity Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Activism and Activists Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Empathy Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Kindness Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Physical and Developmental Challenges Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Poverty Kit

Gallery of Our Free Posters

FREE Diversity Book for Classrooms Program

TWITTER PARTY! Register here!

Join us on Friday, Jan 29, 2021, at 9 pm EST for the 8th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party!

This epically fun and fast-paced hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas.

We will be giving away an 8-Book Bundle every 5 minutes plus Bonus Prizes as well! *** US and Global participants welcome. **

Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians. See you all very soon on Twitter!

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

MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY 2021!

As a Global co-Host for Greece for the 3rd year, for #MCBD, https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/about/co-hosts/

I am excited to present my reviews on truly exceptional Multicultural books, written from a unique perspective. “10 Gulab Jamuns” is an enjoyable children’s book written by Sandhya Acharya and illustrated by Vanessa Alexandra.

The world ‘Gulab’ was derived from the Persian word ‘gol’ and ‘ab’ which respectively meant flower and water which referred to rose water scented syrup. The other word ‘Jamun’ is the Hindi-Urdu word for the popular Indian fruit Black Plum which is almost of same shape and size. So, this is how your loving dessert got its name. Gulab Jamun came to India from Persia or modern day Iran with our Muslim sultans and badshahs. The Indian gulab jamun dish originated from an Arabic dessert called Luqmat Al-Qadi and became popular during the Mughal era. The later name, gulab, actually comes from the two Persian words gul (flower) and ab (water). Gulab Jamun, as the history goes was first prepared in medieval India derived from Persian invaders. A great concept introducing to a traditional Asian sweet with two adorable kids that get to know the traditional mouthwatering sweet, while utilizing Math conceptions, Counting and Subtraction.

 After mum prepares the 10 Gulab Jamuns for the guests, her boys Idu  (Ee-doo) and Adu (Aa-doo) can’t resist eating secretly the sweets, while becoming acquainted with numbers. A funny story helping kids to use numbers and be involved in the sweet making, as it follows in the story after they eat most of the sweets! With delightful illustrations the little readers will surely enjoy the making of Gulab Jamuns with their mum. Once the guests arrive, the family members enjoy the fantastic gathering enjoying the sweets with the sugar syrup.

 The book provides also  the recipe by the famous pastry maker Hetal Vasavada. Don’t miss the chance to check her phenomenal blog and her books!  https://milkandcardamom.com/about/

Once I read the book, I couldn’t resist rereading it many times! One reason was for sure the Gulab Jamuns, they reminded me of the Greek traditional mouth watering sweet “Loukoumades” here you can check the recipe for all moms to try it with your kids. Trust me you will be over the moon! https://www.mygreekdish.com/recipe/loukoumades/

The second reason was the two boys and how the writer used their temptation for sweets to teach readers Maths! What a clever way to incorporate a subject and tradition in one book.

I plan to use your book Sandhya, my friend, in class so as to teach verbs we use when teaching Maths! Check the following links to have verbs and worksheets to facilitate your student’s learning! https://www.newsummerfieldisd.org/cms/lib5/TX01917270/Centricity/Domain/35/Math%20-%20verbs.pdf

https://www.education.com/worksheets/math/

The following description of how Gulab Jamuns is made, is the best way to bring the aromas and spices in your mind! https://www.thebetterindia.com/159662/gulab-jamun-india-food-history-news/

Made with chenna (or khoya) and kneaded with maida, balls of dough are fried till they turn that elusive rosy shade between gold and brown. After the heated oil works its magic, the crystallised sugar in the batter creates a slightly grainy crust while the jamun‘s white heart remains silky smooth.

Infused with rose-scented (or cardamom-flavoured) chashni, the ball yields to the slightest pressure, literally melting away as one bites into it. As such, the fluffy pillows of warm, syrup-laden dough are as deeply comforting as they are delicious.

Author’s Bio

Sandhya Acharya grew up in Mumbai, India, and now lives in Santa Clara, California. She has always loved eating Gulab Jamuns, though she must confess she may not be great at cooking them. She does love cooking stories though. When she is not writing, she is busy training for marathons, learning a form of Indian classical dance, and enjoying the childhood of her young sons. She won third prize in the 2017 Katha Fiction Contest, which was co-hosted by India Currents and the Wellstone Center, and she blogs regularly at http://www.sandhyaacharya.com.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators. Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

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“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.” Mark Nepo.

I felt this new year’s coming, is a flower bud ready to blossom for many reasons for all of us around the world. What will surely differentiate this year from the previous one will be your desire to create and inspire more than ever before. I urge you to do so, believing in your instinct so as to become the budding “artist” you were always dreaming of. Winter months are not the flower months but do believe it, budding flowers open their heart once you show how much you love them, that’s how my garden roses keep blooming at my house garden in Patras and my village. After reading the above quote I am sure you think, you have to take the initiative and make it happen with your ideas and dreams! inspiration knocks the door in many ways and that’s what you need, to use the pencils and colors you have in order to leave your stigma in the world and be the moving force for others to move on in life. My wishes for 2021 have to do with Health, the number one prerequisite to hold on, Persistence and Patience to follow your dreams! Till next month’s Rock Post, take care of yourself and enjoy reading books to atrract as more bees as you can to your budding rose, your inner thought!

Inspired by Wassily Kandinsky’s 1940 painting, Sky Blue, this delightful children’s book delves into the kaleidoscopic mind of a sleeping giant. Author Ve ronique Massenot and illustrator Peggy Nille interpret Kandinsky’s abstract characters as the somnolent visions of a giant who stumbles into a village of microscopic townspeople. Though the villagers initially fear the enormous stranger, they soon discover a gentle soul through his beautiful dreams. With its brightly colored palette and playful drawings, this wonderfully imaginative book echoes Kandinsky’s lively style. As young readers explore the wonders of the miniature villagers’ world and the colossal giant’s imagination, they will be inspired to find their own way around Kandinsky’s enigmatic masterpiece.

There is no single masterpiece in art galleries or with people―we’re all works of art in our own special way!

Our skin tones might all vary;
we’re every shade and hue.
Some people think we look surreal,
and frankly, yes, we do!
But we can make you tilt your head,
and see the world anew.

Pairing bright and engaging illustrations with relatable rhymes, this beautiful hardbound book celebrates diversity while teaching kids about different styles of art: from prehistoric cave art to surrealism, cubism, pop art, and contemporary art.

Includes an appendix that provides brief descriptions of different art styles along with mentions of their most significant works and practitioners to encourage further exploration, including:

  • Stonehenge
  • the bust of Nefertiti
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Henri Matisse
  • Joan Miró
  • Rene Magritte
  • Roy Lichtenstein
  • Pauline Boty
  • Rachel Whiteread
  • Steve McQueen

Benny Andrews loved to draw. He drew his nine brothers and sisters, and his parents. He drew the red earth of the fields where they all worked, the hot sun that beat down, and the rows and rows of crops. As Benny hauled buckets of water, he made pictures in his head. And he dreamed of a better life—something beyond the segregation, the backbreaking labor, and the limited opportunities of his world.      Benny’s dreams took him far from the rural Georgia of his childhood. He became one of the most important African American painters of the twentieth century, and he opened doors for other artists of color. His story will inspire budding young artists to work hard and follow their dreams.

Growing up in the mountains of Japan, Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) dreamed of becoming an artist. One day, she had a vision in which the world and everything in it—the plants, the people, the sky—were covered in polka dots. She began to cover her paintings, drawings, sculptures, and even her body with dots. As she grew up, she traveled all around the world, from Tokyo to Seattle, New York to Venice, and brought her dots with her. Different people saw these dots in different ways—some thought they were tiny, like cells, and others imagined them enormous, like planets. Every year, Kusama sees more of the world, covering it with dots and offering people a way to experience it the way she does.

Written by Sarah Suzuki, a curator at The Museum of Modern Art, and featuring reproductions of Kusama’s instantly recognizable artworks, this colorful book tells the story of an artist whose work will not be complete until her dots cover the world, from here to infinity.

A boy takes on a community art project in order to make his neighborhood more beautiful in this empowering and inspiring picture book by Susan Verde, stunningly illustrated by award-winning artist John Parra.

One creative boy.
One bare, abandoned wall.
One BIG idea.

There is a wall in Ángel’s neighborhood. Around it, the community bustles with life: music, dancing, laughing. Not the wall. It is bleak. One boy decides to change that. But he can’t do it alone.

Told in elegant verse by Susan Verde and vibrantly illustrated by John Parra, this inspiring picture book celebrates the power of art to tell a story and bring a community together.

One day, the French artist Henri Matisse cut a small bird out of a piece of paper. It looked lonely all by itself, so he cut out more shapes to join it. Before he knew it, Matisse had transformed his walls into larger-than-life gardens, filled with brightly colored plants, animals, and shapes of all sizes! Featuring cut-paper illustrations and interactive foldout pages, Matisse’s Garden is the inspiring story of how the artist’s never-ending curiosity helped turn a small experiment into a radical new form of art.

One late spring morning the American artist Jackson Pollock began work on the canvas that would ultimately come to be known as Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist).

Award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan use this moment as the departure point for a unique picture book about a great painter and the way in which he worked. Their lyrical text, drawn from Pollock’s own comments and those made by members of his immediate circle, is perfectly complemented by vibrant watercolors by Robert Andrew Parker that honor his spirit of the artist without imitating his paintings.

A photographic reproduction of the finished painting, a short biography, a bibliography, and a detailed list of notes and sources that are fascinating reading in their own right make this an authoritative as well as beautiful book for readers of all ages.

Action Jackson is a Sibert Honor Book, a New York Times Best Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.

We all remember what it was like to be a child in a crowded art museum. It was hard to see, let alone appreciate the art. It got tiring. And there was so much else to look at! That’s the lesson of this ingeniously simple yet profound book about art. It is everywhere-from another visitor’s elaborate tattoos to the way the sun makes patterns of light on the floor. While other visitors are busy trying to find their way through the museum’s galleries, or fighting for room to view a masterpiece, our hero examines the gallery upside down from a bench, plays with his shadow, and makes friends with the custodian. With a wink and a nod to serious museum-goers everywhere, Joanne Liu’s whimsical illustrations remind us that sometimes the best kind of art is the kind you make yourself.

From Matthew Burgess, the much-acclaimed author of Enormous Smallness, comes Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring. Often seen drawing in white chalk on the matte black paper of unused advertising space in the subway, Haring’s iconic pop art and graffiti-like style transformed the New York City underground in the 1980s. A member of the LGBTQ community, Haring died tragically at the age of thirty-one from AIDS-related complications. Illustrated in paint by Josh Cochran, himself a specialist in bright, dense, conceptual drawings, this honest, celebratory book honors Haring’s life and art, along with his very special connection with kids.

“Burgess describes Haring discovering Robert Henri’s The Art Spirit in college (“He felt as if the book was speaking directly to him”), encountering the large paintings of Pierre Alechinsky (he was “blown away”), and recognizing a common impulse in dancers at the West Village’s Paradise Garage (“For Keith, drawing and painting were like dancing. He called it ‘mind-to-hand flow’”). Cochran uses a thick black line to suggest Haring’s creations, and renders figures in a Haring-esque style without seeming gimmicky. Of interest to young readers are Haring’s frequent efforts to involve children in mural-making projects. The story, including a respectful acknowledgement of Haring’s death from AIDS, makes the subject seem immediate and real—and presents a compelling vision of answering the call to create.” —Starred Review, Publishers Weekly.

As a boy, Edward Hopper knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: on the cover of his pencil box, he wrote the words EDWARD HOPPER, WOULD-BE ARTIST. He traveled to New York and to Paris to hone his craft. And even though no one wanted to buy his paintings for a long time, he never stopped believing in his dream to be an artist. He was fascinated with painting light and shadow and his works explore this challenge.

Edward Hopper’s story is one of courage, resilience, and determination. In this striking picture book biography, Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor invite young readers into the world of a truly special American painter (most celebrated for his paintings “Nighthawks” and “Gas”).

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by John Parra, is based on the life of one of the world’s most influential painters, Frida Kahlo, and the animals that inspired her art and life. 

The fascinating Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, her dramatic works featuring bold and vibrant colors. Her work brought attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and she is also renowned for her works celebrating the female form.

Brown’s story recounts Frida’s beloved pets—two monkeys, a parrot, three dogs, two turkeys, an eagle, a black cat, and a fawn—and playfully considers how Frida embodied many wonderful characteristics of each animal. 

A beautiful, colourful and bold picture book that encourages children to notice the small things, think big, and express themselves! Matisse is a young snail who loves to create beautiful drawings with his trail. The trouble is most of the time people are far too busy to even notice them. It’s only when a child notices Matisse’s beautiful trails that his art is finally celebrated – and they inspire a whole class of children to get creative too!

Step into the colorful world of Henri Matisse and his magnificent paper cutouts in this biography by acclaimed picture book creator Jeanette Winter.

In a small weaving town in France, a young boy named Henri-Emile Matisse drew pictures everywhere, and when he grew up, he moved to Paris and became a famous artist who created paintings that were adored around the world. But late in life a serious illness confined him to a wheelchair, and amazingly, it was from there that he created among his most beloved works–enormous and breathtaking paper cutouts.

Based on the life of Henri Matisse, this moving and inspirational picture book biography includes a note from the author, dynamic quotes from Matisse himself, and an illuminating look at a little-known part of a great artist’s creative process.