Happy reading with Multicultural Children’s Books for an awesome 2019!

Every New Year, a new word comes out as my power word. Hope is a word of great importance to me. Kindness is another one. Patience is the Key Word, in my life’s Path. 2019 is a catalyst year in my life. There is so much going on every day that keep me worrying but Books and Writing keep me busy as a bee! Being away from my blog, because of heavy workload made me search for the right words to write. Then I thought I love all the words! Meeting Greek Children’s Writers and making new friendships was the best thing to happen to me, the last two months. I am so touched by the Greek & American Greek writers, who support MCBD. Here you have the chance to meet the first group of MCBD REVIEWERS for the first time! Sotiria Kyrmanidou, Anna Prokos, Angeliki Pedersen, Demetra Lecourezos, Alethea Kontis, Βησσαρία Ραμμοπούλου, Peggy Fourka, Foto Skorda, Jenny Koutsodimitropoulou, Ioanna Skarlatou, Nikoletta Skalkou, Giorgos Boubousis, Αργυρώ Μουντάκη, Αλκηστη Χαλικιά, Βαγγελιώ Κονδάκη Καραμέτου, Elisavet Arkolaki, Millie Slavidou, Maria Kamoulakou, Allexia Brewer.

https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/multicultural-reading-resources/diversity-book-lists-for-kids/ who participate as reviewers, plus those who donated books either to our School’s expanding library or sent them to Greek Schools in America. https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/sponsorship/sponsorship-info/authors-donate-a-book/

I wish I could do more to bring people together and make Greek customs & Language known. My involvement in other writing projects, my School commitments plus the initiative Greek Children Read & Write, all happening the last six months didn’t give me the chance to be fully dedicated to MCBD. Being a Global Co-Host for Greece https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/about/co-hosts/ is a great Honor. I feel both overwhelmed and excited!

Books with diverse topics that I truly Love will be presented in this post, dedicated to Multicultural Children’s Book Day, celebrated every year in January. https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yamulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions and the whole community gathers to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

With warmth and wisdom, this inspirational book takes a heartfelt look at language and how children use words to encourage, forgive, express gratitude, heal, and love. Through charming illustrations and Warren’s engaging text, young readers will understand how words can change their lives and the lives of those around them.

In a series of simple yet evocative questions, this impactful book asks children how they will show kindness and consideration for others. Written by the editors of Pajama Press, and illustrated by celebrated Pajama Press artists, these stunning pages inspire meaningful discussion and storytelling about the understated yet powerful ways in which children might influence the world around them. A World of Kindness goes beyond mere rhetoric to examine, in a child-friendly way, everyday social interactions where a kind word or act could have a transformative effect on others.

Kaya is looking for her heart song – the song that happy hearts sing. Her search takes her on a journey deep into the jungle where a broken down carousel waits for a very special song to make it turn again…A story about mindfulness and listening to your heart.

Children living in different parts of the world see very different things when they gaze out of their windows. One child looks out over a boulevard lined with palm trees, another sees a train whistling past snow-capped mountains, and another waves to her father as he tends to their garden. But while their lives may seem different, there’s something important that they all share. This beautiful book will spark readers’ curiosity and imagina­tion with its celebration of global diversity.

Lila has just moved to a new town and can’t wait to make friends at school. But on the first day, a boy points at her and shouts: “A crow! A crow! The new girl’s hair is black like a crow!” The others whisper and laugh, and Lila’s heart grows as heavy as a stone. The next day, Lila covers her hair. But this time, the boy points at her dark skin. When she covers her face, he mocks her dark eyes. Now every day at school, Lila hides under her turtleneck, dark glasses, and hat. And every day when she goes home, she sees a crow who seems to want to tell her something. Lila ignores the bird and even throws rocks at it, but it won’t go away. Meanwhile, the great autumn festival is approaching. While the other kids prepare their costumes, Lila is sadder and lonelier than ever. At her lowest point of despair, a magical encounter with the crow opens Lila’s eyes to the beauty of being different and gives her the courage to proudly embrace her true self.

With our 24/7 news cycle and constant access to the latest headlines, the world can be a scary place. Now imagine you’re a child trying to make sense of it all! That’s where books from the Children in Our World series can help. Each book uses relatable comparisons, carefully researched text, and striking illustrations to help kids understand the many difficulties that children just like them face in the world today. In Racism and Intolerance, children can get answers to questions like: “What does it mean to be a racist or intolerant?” and “How can I help?” Children will begin to understand the way others struggle with these issues and become empowered to make a difference.

There is nothing more important to a child than to feel loved, and this gorgeous gathering of poems written by Nikki Giovanni celebrates exactly that. Hand-selected by Newberry honoree Ashley Bryan, he has, with his masterful flourish of color, shape, and movement, added a visual layering that drums the most important message of all to young, old, parent, child, grandparent, and friend alike: You are loved. You are loved. You are loved. As a bonus, one page is mirrored, so children reading the book can see exactly who is loved—themselves!

Learn all about Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, in this lush picture book from bestselling mother/son duo Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal. Spring is here, and it’s almost time for Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors. Siblings Mintoo and Chintoo are busy gathering flowers to make into colorful powders to toss during the festival. And when at last the big day comes, they gather with their friends, family, and neighbors for a vibrant celebration of fresh starts, friendship, forgiveness, and, of course, fun!

his is the day the Lord has made.
A butterfly floats through the sun and the shade,
while dragonflies flit past the flowers and trees
and grasshoppers hop in the soft morning breeze.

The World Is Awake, A celebration of everyday blessings, written by Emmy Award winner and ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis with Joseph Bottum, is a lyrical, rhyming story for young children intended to make them feel safe and joyful, cradled in the hands of God. Paired with bright and engaging illustrations by Lucy Fleming, this book inspires children to be thankful for all of God’s blessings that surround us in our daily lives. From the nature in our own backyard to the animals at the zoo, The World is Awake is a celebration of God’s wonderful world.

From historic world leaders to brilliant scientists, artists, and modern-day pioneers, What Would She Do? shares twenty-five incredible women’s stories that educate and empower. Learn about the remarkable achievements and attitudes of feminist trailblazers such as Cleopatra, Amelia Earhart, Malala Yousafzai, Michelle Obama, and other brave women who overcame huge obstacles to accomplish great things. Featuring stunning illustrations from diverse artists, this beautiful book will inspire young readers and prepare them to face any challenge by simply asking, “What would she do?”

Participating in Multicultural Children’s Book Day can be the best gift for any new or well-established writer who enjoys storytelling and Loves tells stories to nourish kids’ imagination! Till next week’s Rock Post, more surprises to follow on that amazing Celebration of writing and Books. Yiassou from Greece! Keep posted on Facebook/Instagram https://www.facebook.com/MulticulturalChildrensBookDay/


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