The Mystery of the Secret Room by Janelle Diller review is on this post. It also has a book trailer I made including some of the vocabulary mentioned in the book. The book trailer is intended to help peak the interest of tweens who are the intended audience of the novel. The book spends a lot of time on the build up to the solution. The problem part mentions clues such as a silver locket that has long been hidden, names of people who have never been mentioned to family members, and a trip to Salzburg. The entire book is set in Austria. The main characters are Eva who lives in Austria, and the cowgirl (Brooke) who is visiting from Colorado. Eva likes ballet while Brooke likes horses.
This post is my second one for the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Event for January 2017. The first was for the first book in the Austria series, and is available at this link. There will be one more when I write about the third book.
Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures engage the imagination of children ages 6-9 by introducing them to different countries around the world. The early chapter books are packed with spooky mysteries, international friendships, and lots of fun and easy multicultural learning. Here’s a bit about Pack-n-Go Girls to get you started: http://packngogirls.com/.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Their mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that. This event has also proven to be an excellent way to compile a list of diverse children’s book titles and reviews for parents, grandparents, educators and librarians to use all year long.
They’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents. Her children's books are available on Amazon. She was a public school teacher for 28 years, three of those in a desegregation school, five in schools with the Minneapolis Choice is Yours program as a Wayzata teacher. She has been trained in numerous areas such as CGI Math, the National Urban Alliance, reading strategies, writing workshop, and others listed on her about page.
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