Book Review & Activity for “Vanilla and Chocolate” celebrating multicultural Children’s Book Day!


Book Review and Classroom Activity of Vanilla and Chocolate.

Written by Maritza Martinez Mejia

Illustrated by Estella Mejia

For Multicultural Children’s Book Day #ReadYourWorld

By Agatha Rodi – Author

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD) falls on January 27, 2016. The mission of MCCBD is to not only raise awareness for kids’ books that celebrate diversity, but to also get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries. MCCBD assigns a book for participating bloggers to review.

I reviewed Vanilla and Chocolate written by Maritza Martinez Mejia and illustrated by Estella Mejia. I recommend this book for children ages 5-8 years old.

Vanilla and Chocolate is a bilingual story book written both in English and Spanish for children; that not only helps them to discover the meaning of being tolerant towards others but also teaches them the joy of friendship. Vanilla and Chocolate, are friends but simply because they become from a “Black and White” background Vanilla’s parents didn’t want them to play together. Their teacher invents the Family Day so when both families meet the situation changes and they are all happy together. It is a beautiful story having a great choice for words such as Vanilla and Chocolate, bringing in mind the colors and taste of ice-cream flavors. The illustrations’ simplicity conveys the message in the best way reminding to bilingual young learners that the colors we choose to embrace in our life give the most important meaning to it.

Being a great fan of vanilla and chocolate ice-cream I decided for the following activity in class.

Activity for Vanilla and Chocolate.

Vanilla’s parents arrived at the even with a huge tub of vanilla and chocolate ice-cream.

Here’s the recipe for my Chocolate pie to bake in class and accompany with ice-cream.

Chocolate Pie

  • 3 cups of cake flour
  • 1 ½ cup of sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar(I prefer the apple cider one)
  • 10 tablespoons of corn oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla powder
  • 2 ½ cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of soda powder

Chocolate Frosting

  • 2 ½   tablespoons of corn oil
  • 200 gr of black chocolate

You will mix the ingredients using the above order and you will carefully stir with a mixer. You preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 450°F and then you  bake  for 45 to 50 minutes, at 350°F. When the Chocolate pie is ready you let it cool.

You put the  black chocolate in a pan and you add 2 tablespoons of corn oil to let it melt, then you spread it on the top of the Chocolate pie. Enjoy!



The MCCBD team’s mission is to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. MCCBD encourages readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits and event.  The full name of this event isMulticultural Children’s Book Day and the official hashtag is #ReadYourWorld on Twitter and other social media.

The co-creators of MCCBD are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. Find a bio for Mia and Valarie here. View the Diversity Book Lists and Resources for Educators and Parents here. Connect with Multicultural Children’s Book Day on Facebook.

MCCBD Sponsors
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors #ReadYourWorld include the following:
Platinum – Wisdom Tales PressStoryQuest BooksLil Libros
Gold – Author Tori NighthawkCandlewick Press
Silver – Lee and Low BooksChronicle Books , Capstone Young Readers
Bronze – Pomelo BooksAuthor Jacqueline WoodsonPapa Lemon BooksGoosebottom Books,Author Gleeson RebelloShoutMouse PressAuthor Mahvash ShaheghChina

MCCBD Co-Hosts
Multicultural Children’s Book Day has 12 amazing Co-Hosts and you can view them here.

Classroom Reading Challenge
MCCBD holds a Classroom Reading Challenge. This very special offering offers teachers and classrooms the chance to very easily earn a free hardcover multicultural children’s book for their classroom library. These books are not only donated by the Junior Library Guild, but they are also pre-screened and approved by them as well.

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