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We May Have Turned the Corner!

Hopefully I’m not jinxing myself, but I think my son has fallen in love with a new series, and maybe even a whole genre…

I’ve talked extensively on this blog about how I’ve handled the difference between raising my two readers, with my daughter being obsessed with books and my son…not so much. Now don’t get me wrong, he loves our #bedtimereads, probably more than my daughter, and is capable of reading himself, but its just not his first choice. But the tables may be turning…

In his class recently, they had to choose a science fiction book to read. Initally he chose The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown, which is an excellent choice. He was excited when he started it, but about halfway through I think he decided it didn’t have enough action in it for his taste, so he was looking at some other options. He came across the last book in Stuart Gibbs’ Moon Base Alpha series, Waste of Space, and became obsessed with the audiobook. Most of the time he was listening as he was falling asleep, and he was struggling to fall asleep because he kept wanting to extend his listening, something I had only seen his sister do up until now. Once he finally finished, he immediately wanted another book. I had to hide the shock on my face, and then my fingers began to do this…

There was no way I was going to let this moment pass without finding a new book for this child. He has decided that Science Fiction is his genre of choice and he prefers audiobooks, so we did some filtering to find some options and landed on a new book, The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow. We couldn’t stop laughing at the summary of the odd superpowers these kids accidentally acquire, so he borrowed it from the library immediately. Plus, we were both excited by the fact that its a series, so he’d know what his next read would be. And man I tell you…he finished the book in a little over 24 hours!!

I’m so happy to see this new journey that my son is now on, and I’m also very thankful for his teacher for introducing him to the science fiction genre. It is not my genre of choice, so the likelihood of me recommending that a book from that genre to him was slim to none. I’m just hoping he stays this excited about books for a while, so if you have a moment to cross your fingers, say a prayer, something, please feel free to do so! 🙂

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Why I Still Read Picture Books To My Kids

My daughter is 12 years old, and my son is 9. They regularly read chapter books, and rarely pick picture books off the shelf. But I still do.

There are a variety of different reasons why I’ve read to my kids from an early age, including lots of academic benefits. However, one benefit is the bonding we do during that time, even if it’s over silliness. Recently we’ve read a couple of books where my kids were older than the intended audience, but we still had a ball enjoying them together.

The other night we read Vinny Gets a Job by Terry Brodner. This cute story is about a dog who decides he needs to help his owner and also get a job. The adorable thing about this book is that each time Vinny applies for a job, the employers don’t seem to realize that he’s a dog…until after they’ve hired him and he does something only a dog would do. We giggled and made sarcastic comments throughout the story, wondering how these people didn’t realize he was a dog. Even though for us it was unbelievable, we bonded while reading the book.

Soon after we read Vinny Gets a Job, we read I am Not a Chair! by Ross Burach. Again, I don’t believe my 10 and 12 year old children were the author’s intended audience. However, we still giggled at how crazy it was that this poor giraffe could not catch a break, because everyone kept sitting on him like he was a chair. As a bonus, we got a lesson about getting the courage to speak up for yourself.

These two books are only a couple of the more recent examples of picture books that my kids and I still enjoy together as bedtime reads. Its an easy way for us to spend some relaxing quality time together, something that we need more often than not. If you’re looking for the same thing, I would suggest picture books, regardless of your kids’ age.

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The Amazing Powers of Cat Kid

I absolutely LOVE Dav Pilkey, the author of graphic novel series such as Captain Underpants and Dog Man. Are they my personal favorites? Nada. As much as I love books, the likelihood of you finding me with a Ricky Ricotta book in my hand are pretty low. However, Pilkey is the one author that I know will get my son to crack open a book and read it from start to finish, and for that, I love Dav Pilkey.

Now it gets better…not only does he get my child to read, but now he might get him to write too?! So in Dav Pilkey’s latest series Cat Kid Comic Club, the main characters are writing short comic stories, which has inspired my child to do the same thing! Naturally, he comes up with this great idea when he should be falling asleep (read more about his sleeping/reading habits here), but I’m still thrilled with it. In this book, the characters even talk about how to come up with ideas to write about, and my child used that philosophy to brainstorm ideas. Let me introduce you to…Robo Cheata

So, I share all this to say two things: 1) Dav Pilkey does a great job of getting kids into books, so if you think your child is remotely interested in silly stories, he’s your guy and 2) it may not be Dav Pilkey, it may be a different author your child wants to read that you aren’t excited about, but if they’re into it–let your child read try it out.

Remember, your goal is #RaisingReaders!

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MCBD 2021–Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess by Deedee Cummings is a very cute story that is perfect for an uplifting mother-daughter #bedtimeread.

Kayla is a little girl who is anxiously waiting for her mama to come home after work. Kayla behaves much like I did myself when I was young, pretending to be in bed when in all actuality I was just up listening for a parent to come home. When her mom comes into her room, she’s got good news for their family, and even some gifts for Kayla–great advice and a tiara!

You know when you wish you had that perfect thing to say at the perfect time to your own children, but it just doesn’t come out right or you think of the words after the conversation is over? Well, I have found that books often have the words that can help us out, and this story by Deedee Cummings is one of those books. Kayla’s mom gives her some great advice that I think will stick with Kayla for quite some time. If you have a girl that you would like to give some inspiration to–this book is one to grab.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2021 (1/29/21) is in its 8th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators.

Eight years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Medallion Sponsors!

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE: Mia Wenjen (Prgamaticmom) and Valarie Budayr’s (Audreypress.com)

Platinum Sponsors: Language Lizard Bilingual Books in 50+ Languages, Author Deedee Cummings and Make A Way Media

Gold Sponsors: Barefoot Books, Candlewick Press, CapstoneHoopoe Books,  KidLitTV, Peachtree Publishing Company Inc.

Silver Sponsors: Charlotte Riggle, Connecticut Association of School Librarians, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Pack-N-Go Girls

Bronze Sponsors: Agatha Rodi and AMELIE is IMPRESSED!, Barnes Brothers Books, Create and Educate Solutions, LLC, Dreambuilt Books, Dyesha and Triesha McCants/McCants Squared, Redfin Real Estate, Snowflake Stories, Star Bright Books, TimTimTom Bilingual Personalized Books, Author Vivian Kirkfield, Wisdom Tales Press, My Well Read Child 

MCBD 2021 is honored to be Supported by these Author Sponsors!

Poster Artist: Nat Iwata

Authors: Author Afsaneh Moradian, Author Alva Sachs & Three Wishes Publishing Company, Author Angeliki Stamatopoulou-Pedersen, Author Anna Olswanger, Author Casey Bell , Author Claudine Norden, Author Debbie Dadey, Author Diana Huang & IntrepidsAuthor Eugenia Chu & Brandon goes to Beijing, Green Kids Club,  Author Gwen Jackson, Author Janet Balletta, Author Josh Funk, Author Julia Inserro, Karter Johnson & Popcorn and Books, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw & The Last Cherry Blossom, Author Keila Dawson, Maya/Neel Adventures with Culture Groove, Author Mia Wenjen, Michael Genhart, Nancy Tupper Ling, Author Natalie Murray, Natalie McDonald-Perkins, Author Natasha Yim, Author Phe Lang and Me On The Page Publishing, Sandra Elaine Scott, Author Shoumi Sen & From The Toddler Diaries, SISSY GOES TINY by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay FletcherTales of the Five Enchanted Mermaids, Author Theresa Mackiewicz, Tonya Duncan and the Sophie Washington Book Series, Author Toshia Stelivan, Valerie Williams-Sanchez & The Cocoa Kids Collection Books©, Author Vanessa Womack, MBA, Author Veronica Appleton & the Journey to Appleville book series

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MCBD 2021 Book Review–Jamie and Bubbie: A Book About People’s Pronouns

This story goes along on a neighborhood walk with Jamie and his Great Grandmother, whom he affectionately calls Bubbie. While walking, the two of them interact with different people, and often times Bubbie mistakenly refers to people by the wrong gender. A couple of times Bubbie does it in a way that many of us probably have–seeing someone only from the back and assuming their gender based on their hairstyle. Once she uses the wrong pronoun for someone who has told her what their pronoun they prefer. However, I love the way that Jamie gently corrects Bubbie each time, and by the time their walk ends back at Jamie’s, Jamie’s mother is there to help explain how Bubbie can avoid making that mistake in the future.

I found this book to be a quick read (its intended audience is children aged 4-8), and very clear in what the author is trying to get the reader to understand. I fell in love with Jamie right away, and reading this book made me want to read Afsaneh Moradian’s first book about Jamie, titled Jamie is Jamie.

Something that Moradian did for the adults reading this story was put an awesome “Tips for Teachers, Parents, and Caregivers” at the end of the book, which I found to be very helpful, and even includes other resources you can go to if you have more questions or want to discuss pronoun usage further with young readers.

You can learn more about author Afsaneh Moradian and her work at her website: http://www.afsanehmoradian.com/.