On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! by Alva Sachs–A Book Review for MCBD 2018

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! by Alva Sachs–A Book Review for MCBD 2018

This year I was lucky and I got to review two books for Multicultural Book Day this year, one of those being On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! written by Alva Sachs and illustrated by Patricia Krebs.

This book is about three friends, Justin, Mario, and Marcus, who have exhausted their typical Saturday activities, playing video games and raiding the refrigerator for lunch, but now they’re bored. Luckily, Justin’s dad has a great and creative idea! The boys make over their skateboards, and then all 3 boys, along with their dads, take a trip to the park, where they end up having the perfect Saturday afternoon.

There are many things to like about this book, which was an International Book Awards finalist in 2010. First, children under the age of 8 would find this book enjoyable, I see it as one that it would not take long for them to be able to read it on their own after having it read to them a couple of times. Next, the three boys look nothing alike, they come in different shapes, shades, and sizes, and although we don’t learn a whole lot about the boys, you can see they each have distinct personalities as well.  Additionally, the fact that you don’t see the moms in this story at all, just some son and father bonding, is a rarity in kidlit, but is written naturally in this story. And of course, there the positive storyline, perfect for repeated bedtime reads!

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See how different they are? I love it!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ 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.  

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild

PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs

GOLD:Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies

SILVER:Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press

2018 Author Sponsors

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo,  Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles,  Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen,  Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim

We’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 works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.

Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

Hurry, its time to vote!

Hurry, its time to vote!

This week is the last week for your child to vote in the Children’s Choice Book Awards! According to their website, “The Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards are the only national book awards voted on only by kids and teens. Launched in 2008 by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, the awards provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them.”

Now I’ll be honest, I think about this about this award in regards to students at school, but I’ve never thought about voting for this award in regards to my own child.  However, one morning this week, my daughter and I were listening to the “Absolutely Mindy” show on Kids Place Live and they did a short book talk about one of the award’s nominees, Noodlehead Nightmares. When I mentioned to my daughter that I was ordering this book for students at school because of the nomination, she got real excited and a lightbulb went off in my head. Why wasn’t I setting my own kids up for this fun? Why haven’t we looked for these books at the bookstore or the library? Shoot, why am I not talking about this with other people who are #RaisingReaders on my blog? Why am I slacking on this? So, I told her I would show her what all the nominations were and we would go from there.

We haven’t read most of the books, and voting ends this week. However, our plan is to look at the books we have read and decide which one we want to vote for. I would suggest that you go to this website with your child to see which of the books you and your children have read (they have categories up to 6th grade), and then depending on how many you guys have read, decide which one you want to win and go vote! Voting is really easy, and as a plus, they will feel really excited about having their voice heard.

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