By creating Multicultural Children’s Book Day, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change that.
Scores of volunteers have been matched with ethnically & culturally diverse children's books...in order to blog, tweet, pin, post, and share about them across various social media platforms. On Twitter, the designated hashtag is... #ReadYourWorld.
Last year, Multicultural Children's Book Day had over 96 million media impressions.
As a former teacher and forever children's poetry lover, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read the new reading & writing poetry journal, HERE WE GO: A Poetry Friday Power Book by Sylvia Vardell & Janet Wong, Illustrated by Franzi Paetzold (Pomelo Books).
Today is actually the official launch date of HERE WE GO and it's a Children's Book Council Hot Off the Press Selection for January 2017!
HERE WE GO: A Poetry Friday Power Book is a story in poems and a writing journal designed to help kids think about social change. It contains 12 PowerPack sets featuring Ameera, David, Jack, and Jenna, a diverse group of kids working together to make an impact in their community.
The twelve anchor poems for HERE WE GO were written by:
Naomi Shihab Nye, Carole Boston Weatherford, Joseph Bruchac, David Bowles, Ibtisam Barakat, Eileen Spinelli, David L. Harrison, Kate Coombs, Robyn Hood Black, Michelle Heidenrich Barnes, Renée M. LaTulippe, and Margaret Simon.
Their poems are joined together with twenty-four new poems by Janet Wong that form a story featuring a diverse group of kids who are concerned about social justice and work together to fight hunger with a walkathon and school garden.
Sylvia Vardell's inventive PowerPlay activities make it easy for writers to get inspired, while her Power2You writing prompts extend learning. Vardell also created extensive back matter resources for young readers, writers, and activists.
10 Things I Love About
HERE WE GO: A Poetry Friday Power Book
You don't need to know anything about poetry to be able to read and write poetry in this incredibly user-friendly poetry journal.
2. It's well organized.
There are 12 sections. Each contains a pre-reading PowerPlay activity, an Anchor poem (by various poets), a Response & Mentor poem (by Janet Wong) and a Power2You writing prompt (by Sylvia Vardell). The poems and writing activities are super.
3. It's structured to build understanding.
The quick PowerPlay pre-reading activities help build background knowledge and create just the right mindset for a deeper understanding.
4. It promotes critical thinking.
The Power2You writing activities are engaging and promote critical thinking. I especially like that there are no right or wrong answers.
5. It promotes empathy.
The activities value what students think (and feel) and encourage them to be empathetic to the feelings of others. I'm all for curriculum which encourages students to be good human beings.
6. It promotes positive social activism.
This resource gives children a voice to be heard and encourages them to not only to be good thinkers, but good doers. Just like adults, children like to feel empowered to make a difference.
7. It's socially relevant for children.
The tone of the resource is positive, but doesn't shy away from real social issues children face...such as loss of a parent's job, divorce, gender role expectations, or being of a different religion.
8. It celebrates cultural diversity and common humanity.
Although the characters (David, Ameera, Jack, and Jenna) come from different backgrounds, students will likely recognize a little bit of themselves and relate to each of them.
9. The poems are connected.
The individual poems are all part of a larger story. Although there is a broader theme (ending hunger by doing something proactive), the poems still connect on a very human level through the individual characters.
10. The poems are well chosen and the illustrations are wonderful.
The carefully selected poems for this collection have been written by some pretty terrific contemporary children's poets. Illustrations of multicultural children by Franzi Paetzold make this journal extra special.
HERE WE GO: Poetry Friday Power Book is a reading & writing poetry journal (5.5 x 8.5 inches) for students to interact with and write in directly. It's not a teaching resource intended for making photocopies.
In case you aren't familiar with their Poetry Friday Anthologies, here are a few:
Each year, Multicultural Children's Book Day has grown.
MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing sponsors on board.
Platinum Sponsors include:
Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli.
Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters:
Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books
Author Sponsors include:
Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Delores Connors, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin, Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson, Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O'Malley, Stacy McAnulty, Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang
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 work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
Handy Multicultural Children's Book Day Links:
Multicultural Children's Book Day site
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers
Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians & Educators
Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers & Parents
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Read Your World: A Guide to Multicultural Children's Books for Parents and Educators Edited by Mia Wenjen, Artwork by DEMI