Katie Woo and Friends is a story of friends from three cultures who share childhood adventures. I picked this book first as my own daughter is adopted from Korea. I like it that the children are doing everyday things and while the book is multicultural, it does not focus on ethnicity or have pictures of children in dress from long, long ago. Modern clothing! Normal! That is what every child wants to be and this book reflects that wish. There are four stories and take place at the beach, at home, and on a camping trip.
The book is written in the third person from the point of view of the children, which I also like. There are lessons but these are also from the child’s viewpoint. There is a chapter about Katie’s dog dying, and how the friends and her mother create a memory scrapbook. That chapter has a free printable download on the publisher’s site for that chapter. The link for a child to create a scrapbook about a pet is here. There are more free downloads at the link, as well. At the end of the book, activities that would be fun for anyone are included, a craft activity and a very fun snack. It is always nice when such ideas are included in a book.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016 has begun! This annual event is otherwise known as MCCBD and you will be seeing new blog posts and social media shares starting now. The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia and Valarie here.
All Books are pre-screened and approved by the Junior Library Guild. Wise Owl Factory participated in this event in 2015. Each blogger strives to include a cultural activity or printable to accompany the books received. I opened a box of six books yesterday that were given to me for this project, and which will be donated to a school.
The mission of MCCBD is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries. The MCCBD team wants 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. They encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along with the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via the hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.
NOTE: The full name of this event is Multicultural Children’s Book Day and the official hashtag is #ReadYourWorld.
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-MCCBD now has its own Paper.li! A Paper.li is a free online newspaper that aggregates information on the topic of multicultural books for kids from all over the Internet. Please feel free to subscribe and stay up-to-date with this topic.
-The Diversity Book Lists and Resources for Educators and Parents are now available. Spread the word!
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