Last year, I participated in Multicultural Children’s Book Day. I had the awesome privilege of reviewing a book that celebrated diversity – something our children’s books need to do WAY more of, AMIRIGHT?
I’m super-dee-duper excited that this year I am participating again as a reviewer AND one of nine co-hosts. My co-hosts are some seriously fabulous bloggers, many of whom I have been following and learning from for years!
Why the big deal about promoting diversity in children’s literature?
People of color make up 37% of our population, but only 10% of the children’s books have any type of diversity content. This is a big deal. When we have so many kids in our society who can’t find characters that look like them when they open up a children’s book, we are sending them a message that they don’t matter.Read More»
I’m thrilled to be a part of the Martin Luther King Day Series blog hop with fellow bloggers from Multicultural Kid Blogs. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we’ve teamed up to share activities, books and ideas inspired by Martin Luther King.
Last year, for Black History Month/MLK Day, I shared a list of our favorite books about black history at that time. Since then, I’ve tried to grow our list significantly to include many more books about black history. I’ve comprised a list here for you of beautiful and inspiring children’s books about African American heroes — many of whom fought for the same dreams and rights as the great Martin Luther King. Do please check them out on your next library visit, but — if I may be so bold — I would also encourage you to find a favorite few to purchase for your own home library, so that your child may be reminded often of the many significant African American heroes that have made important contributions to our society.Read More»
One of my most shared posts of 2014 was my Empowering Books for Girls book list. These children’s books continue to be some of the favorites in our home library, and we’ve continued to grow our collection of books that depict strong, independent and kind female role models. Below, you will find additional children’s book recommendations in a list that includes fiction, non-fiction and plenty of multicultural empowering books for girls. (This post contains affiliate links.)Read More»
I have always thought it would be awesome to raise bilingual kids. Since I’m not bilingual myself, this has always seemed like a pretty unattainable goal. While English is likely the third or fourth language Baby Boy heard in his life, our oldest has pretty much only been exposed to English, with the exception of a French Music Lingua class a couple of years ago. She gets a little bit of Spanish at her kindergarten, but it’s been an area where I feel as though I am ill-qualified to educate my kids. So when an opportunity came about to review The Complete Spanish Collection by Whistlefritz, I was more than excited to get my hands on a resource that would give me some direction and assistance in this area!Read More»
Adoption asks a lot of our kids. We are bringing kids into a second (or third or fourth…) family, home, sometimes a new country with new languages and smells and people. Whether a newborn or a ten-year-old, there are huge adjustments for adopted kids that we as adoptive parents must recognize and treat with compassion and grace.
Adoption also asks a lot of our biological children. In a recent post I read by an adoptive sister, she poignantly acknowledged how hard (but worthwhile!) it was to be the sibling of children who had been traumatized, and to lose a bit of yourself and your once-carefree life when you take on that role.
Each adoptee and adoptive sibling’s story is unique, and not all circumstances will be the same, but we as adoptive parents have a responsibility to help our biological children adjust and feel valued as well. This is something I personally didn’t do well when we first welcomed Baby Boy into our family, and it wasn’t until a grocery store meltdown when my daughter made me aware that she was so tired of everyone stopping us and asking questions about our adoption that I had a come-to–Jesus moment. I had been so busy trying to help our newcomer adjust and get healthy without paying attention to the needs of my oldest, who was missing the undivided attention of her mom — and the ability to shop at the grocery store without being stopped a dozen times. I hadn’t recognized her new role not just as a big sister, but also as an adoptive sibling — a role which thrust her into the spotlight of the public a bit more than she was used to.Read More»
We’ve spent the past few weeks learning about Russia at our house, and have a collection of Russian folk tales and books about Russia that are beautiful, informative and inspiring to share with you today. (This post contains affiliate links.)Read More»
As we work to build a library of multicultural books that represent diverse characters and countries from around the world, I couldn’t be more pleased to have this one in our collection! My 5-year-old and I have read many informative books about other countries, but this one — by far — presented the most all-encompassing view of a country.
The book itself is fifteen chapters long, with each chapter presenting a different aspect of China and containing beautiful illustrations by Lin Wang along with an occasional photograph. The scope of the book is truly comprehensive — covering geography, government, daily life, food (with recipes!), endangered species and special holidays — among other things!
As a lover of theatre and music, I was thrilled to see that the arts were covered so well in this book. My very favorite class during my college years was a study of Chinese theatre and art, and I have always been disappointed that more children’s books don’t explore this incredibly colorful part of Chinese culture. I l oved that it had illustrations of Chinese opera masks, and a section about the fascinating instruments used in Chinese music.
This book was so complete and detailed — with such fascinating information that both my 5-year-old and I enjoyed soaking in — that I was curious to read about the author’s background. I was delighted to learn that she was an adoptive mom of two Chinese children, who took a special interest in learning about their birth country in order to teach them about their heritage. I can so relate to her passion and desire to learn more about her children’s heritage, and appreciate her sharing this information in such an accessible and beautiful way.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
There’s a national conversation going on right now. In the wake of the recent deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner — all unarmed black males ranging from the ages of 12 to 43 — the subject of race is all over the news, radio, Facebook, Twitter….pretty much everywhere.
While the reasons behind this conversation are gut-wrenching, I’ve been grateful to hear and read the words of so many African Americans and their white allies regarding race in our country. As parents, it’s so important that we have this conversation in age-appropriate ways with our own children.
“But my child doesn’t notice race,” you say.
Not true. Studies show that children as young as 30-months notice racial differences AND THIS IS OKAY. It doesn’t mean your child is rude or impolite if he asks why my son’s skin is a different color than his, and it doesn’t mean you need to hush your little one in embarrassment.Read More»