Multicultural Children’s Book Day – January 27, 2018!

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This year I’m proud to be participating in the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, January 27, 2018.  In celebration of that special day, I am posting a review of not one but two beautiful picture books.  Check out all the wonderful Multicultural titles available with the links posted below.

#ReadYourWorld

Pam’s Review


Hats of Faith – Written by Medeia Cohan and Illustrated by Sarah Walsh.

Published by Shade 7 Publishing 2017.

front cover of book
Hats of Faith      Written by Medeia Cohan                               Illustrated by Sarah Walsh

In Hats of Faith, Medeia Cohan starts a basic conversation with the youngest of readers about religions and culture.

What parent hasn’t found themselves scrambling to answer that question, “What’s that on her head?” or “Why is that man wearing a hat in the summer?”  As any parent knows, kids ask questions all the time – waiting on line in the grocery store, on a bus or simply walking in the park.  Hats of Faith is a concept/board book that helps provide a simple platform to discuss, with respect, the varied articles of clothing worn as head coverings and pairs them with their specific religion.  That connection helps make the book complete and meaningful.  The phonetic pronunciations provide confidence for parents or readers throughout the board book.

Sarah Walsh created beautiful, colorful illustrations that help focus attention on the unique head coverings with simple text that helps open communication and give parents a tool to help answer the most curious children.

Diversity in our world is as necessary as air and water.  We need both air and water to survive as much as we need diversity to help us thrive.  Hats of Faith helps us start at the beginning to teach diversity and ultimately empathy.

Pam’s Review


Wash Day – Written by Barbara H. Cole and Illustrated by Ronald Himler.

Published in 2004 by Star Bright Books.   

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Wash Day                                  Written By Barbara H Cole     Illustrated by Ronald Himler

Ms. Cole has captured a world where blacks and whites coexist very naturally.  Yes, Miss. Ett, is black and is working for a white family as a washwoman but the commonality of life in this story is that they are all poor and they look out for each other.  Wash Day uses parts of our history and finds a warm story to share.  Miss Ett goes about her job with care and pride.  The Grandpa, of the white family for which Miss Ett is working, shares his love of music with his granddaughter but also Sherman, the grandson of Miss Ett.  Even Miss Ett is touched by his music, noting that the work is harder once the music stops because he is not able to play any longer.  

Wash day may be just another day of the week…sure; but this story is a warm, reflective, gentle story.   Mr. Himler’s beautiful watercolor illustrations are full of joy.

As the daughter of a WWII Veteran, I found the details of the American flags on every grave familiar and comforting. Himler’s soft and muted colors are a fabulous paring to the words of Ms. Cole.

Although it takes place in the Depression-era United States, current events of 2018 make Wash Day a good resource illustrating that caring for the people around you, no matter the color, race, or other physical difference they may have is an important life lesson.


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 the home and on 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.

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day – January 27, 2018!

cropped-banner2018

 

 

This year I’m proud to be participating in the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, January 27, 2018.  In celebration of that special day, I am posting a review of not one but two beautiful picture books.  Check out all the wonderful Multicultural titles available with the links posted below.

#ReadYourWorld

Pam’s Review


Hats of Faith – Written by Medeia Cohan and Illustrated by Sarah Walsh.

Published by Shade 7 Publishing 2017.

front cover of book
Hats of Faith      Written by Medeia Cohan                               Illustrated by Sarah Walsh

In Hats of Faith, Medeia Cohan starts a basic conversation with the youngest of readers about religions and culture.

What parent hasn’t found themselves scrambling to answer that question, “What’s that on her head?” or “Why is that man wearing a hat in the summer?”  As any parent knows, kids ask questions all the time – waiting on line in the grocery store, on a bus or simply walking in the park.  Hats of Faith is a concept/board book that helps provide a simple platform to discuss, with respect, the varied articles of clothing worn as head coverings and pairs them with their specific religion.  That connection helps make the book complete and meaningful.  The phonetic pronunciations provide confidence for parents or readers throughout the board book.

Sarah Walsh created beautiful, colorful illustrations that help focus attention on the unique head coverings with simple text that helps open communication and give parents a tool to help answer the most curious children.

Diversity in our world is as necessary as air and water.  We need both air and water to survive as much as we need diversity to help us thrive.  Hats of Faith helps us start at the beginning to teach diversity and ultimately empathy.

Pam’s Review


Wash Day – Written by Barbara H. Cole and Illustrated by Ronald Himler.

Published in 2004 by Star Bright Books.   

Wash Day
Wash Day                                  Written By Barbara H Cole     Illustrated by Ronald Himler

Ms. Cole has captured a world where blacks and whites coexist very naturally.  Yes, Miss. Ett, is black and is working for a white family as a washwoman but the commonality of life in this story is that they are all poor and they look out for each other.  Wash Day uses parts of our history and finds a warm story to share.  Miss Ett goes about her job with care and pride.  The Grandpa, of the white family for which Miss Ett is working, shares his love of music with his granddaughter but also Sherman, the grandson of Miss Ett.  Even Miss Ett is touched by his music, noting that the work is harder once the music stops because he is not able to play any longer.  

Wash day may be just another day of the week…sure; but this story is a warm, reflective, gentle story.   Mr. Himler’s beautiful watercolor illustrations are full of joy.

As the daughter of a WWII Veteran, I found the details of the American flags on every grave familiar and comforting. Himler’s soft and muted colors are a fabulous paring to the words of Ms. Cole.

Although it takes place in the Depression-era United States, current events of 2018 make Wash Day a good resource illustrating that caring for the people around you, no matter the color, race, or other physical difference they may have is an important life lesson.


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 the home and on 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.

Getting back to work.

Well, it has been a while since I’ve posted anything and I’m feeling guilty about that.  I’ve been keeping busy reading and writing.  I received the first round of edits for my upcoming picture book a couple weeks ago.  I was excited to receive them but a bit worried at some of the suggestions (revisions).  There was one that I felt I could not change and I sent a quick email to my publisher to weigh in on that change.  Luckily, she was ok with me not using that suggestion.  What a load off of my mind that was.  Instead of going to work on the rest of the revisions, I decided to let them simmer in my head a bit. I finally got the revised manuscript out and now I’m waiting to hear if there are additional revisions.

Next came Christmas and I was not prepared.  I generally bake a lot for Christmas and I had let everything go until practically the last minute.  I even ran out of sugar – what kind of a baker runs out of sugar?  A disorganized one for sure.

My brother’s family made it easier for me, gathering in one location this year, so I only needed to ship one box!  Very considerate, but still I was behind.

 

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Cranberry Scones and Green Mountain Coffee – Christmas 2017

Now that I’m catching up I’ll be posting some book reviews for the Multicultural Children’s Book project. #ReadYourWorld

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is its fifth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents, and educators.

I’m thrilled to be a participant this year.

Keeping myself on track should be my resolution for 2018 but since we’re still a week away, I’m not going to commit to anything just yet.

Seventh Inning Mid Summer Stretch

This has certainly not been an easy breezy summer for me.  I’m continually asking myself, “what am I supposed to be doing now?”  There are so many things competing for my attention both in my writing and in the rest of my life.  Please don’t get me wrong, this is not a post about being too busy.  The alternative scares me, but I do need to buckle down and focus.  My way of re-focusing is compiling a to-do list and working through it.

So here goes:

  • I accepted an invitation to speak at an SCBWI-PA sponsored event in August.
  • I’ve worked on a couple of picture book manuscripts, new and revised, but I feel stuck.
  • Looking for a new project to help get unstuck.

For the new project, I’ve logged several hours in the library for the research I started for a historical fiction picture book on a local (local to Long Island) African-American poet.  A fellow picture book author suggested the topic during a discussion a couple of months ago.  Over the years I have collected several articles and documents on this local poet to satisfy my general curiosity but never thought of him as a picture book subject until that discussion.  – Thanks,  A.L.

Information Overload – Exposure to or provision of too much information or data.

That is what you can get when research includes genealogy.  Dates, places, names, occupations, marriages…

There seems to be no end to the genealogy loops that I’ve entered into.

I’m researching African-American characters from the mid-1700’s for a historical fiction picture book.   There are gaps where African American facts are concerned, for sure. Some of that is just due to the fact that African slaves were considered property, not people. For the research that I’m doing, there was a lot of documentation and it has connected two of the largest northern “plantations” on Long Island.  It helps that the slave owners were highly influential people.  Their records have now become part of history maintained in libraries and museums.  This is going to be fun!

A little down time

I finally got a chance to get away for a quick weekend.   My husband and I traveled up to our favorite spot in northwest Connecticut.  Quaint town squares, mountain views, long walks and the sound of the rushing Housatonic River.

I had time to read for research and take in the sites.  I even took a couple photos – although not as many as I used to; I’ll have to work on that.  I was thrilled to see a friend’s blog post with the Daily Post Photo Challenge subjectBRIDGE

I’ve photographed this bridge in all four seasons.  Fall is my favorite, but the weather this summer has been spectacular so I’ll post this summer as my favorite for the moment!

The Housatonic River runs under this bridge as it sits on a scenic route along Route 7 in Connecticut.  This is my entry for the challenge.

 

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Covered Bridge – West Cornwall, Connecticut

 

 

Writing through life…

Much has transpired since I last posted.  Much of that has been the reason that I have not blogged anything or written since early May.  We lost my father-in-law to Alzheimer’s on Mother’s Day.  It was a very long road for him and we’ll miss him a great deal, but his suffering is over and that is what we all wanted for him.  He is finally at peace.  I’ll just say this one thing – the Hospice care that he received was outstanding.  There are tremendously generous people in the world that can provide that type of care to an individual and family and they are much appreciated.  They made the transition an easy one for all involved – and they do it day after day.  Amazing!

I’m going to get back on track slowly with my writing.  I’m thrilled to have volunteered for SCBWI-LI.  It’s wonderful to have a chapter so close to home.  Participation is helping my get back to work and I am thankful for it.  I have several items due to my own critique group that I’m working to have done by the July 4th holiday.   Fingers crossed!

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I’ve been taking some R & R time on the beach I and was able to get these photos of eggs in a nest for a pair of Killdeer Plovers.

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Killdeer Plover nest

Not a rare Plover, but beautiful just the same.  The nest is just feet from my back door and we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the four baby plovers.

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                           Killdeer on beach

Their parents swoop in and out all day long checking on the nest.

 

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Canadian Goose and goslings

It’s wonderful to see nature’s natural parental instincts on display.  My words of wisdom – Stop and take part in nature’s celebration of life.