Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 {Resource}

Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day, now in it’s fourth year.

I’m so excited to be a co-Host this year to add my review for Naji and the Mystery Dig. It was a wonderful book that explains Persian Muslim culture.

 

On the main MCBD site, there is a linky going on right now for reviewers of books that allow your child to #ReadYourWorld.

 

I thought I would pull out all the book lists, book related tutorials and reviews that have been posted on ACraftyArab in one easy spot also.

 

Book lists

5 Books with Strong Arab Protagonist

6 Arabic Dictionaries for Children

7 Stories of Arab Friendship

8 Books about Remarkable Muslims

11 Arabic Folktales

14 Books to Introduce Teens to the Arab World

85 Books about the Arab World

99 Arab Children Books

99 Muslim Children Books

 

Book related tutorials

Eid Mubarak Punch Out Bookmark Tutorial

Iqra Painted Bookmark Tutorial

Iqra Yarn Art Tutorial

Mini Eid Book Tutorial {and Bookmark Downloads}

Moon and Star Punch Art Bookmark Tutorial

 

Book reviews

Amal’s Ramadan / Amal’s Eid

How Many Donkeys?

My First Ramadan

Naji and the Mystery Dig
Please be sure to join the Twitter party happening at 9pm EST to win some amazing diverse literature books for children. Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more book selections, including ones from my Arab authors book club.

 

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Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha {Tutorial}

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha TutorialWe love the story of How many Donkeys; An Arabic Counting Tale by Margaret Read McDonald, a Seattle librarian who has written many multicultural books.

 

In the book, Goha, the wise fool, is taking his dates to sell at the market.  He’s using 10 donkeys to help get him there, but keeps losing a donkey en route.   Readers help Goha count his donkeys along the way with a reading chart at the bootom of the page that shows how to count in Arabic and English.

 

I love using this book when I do Arabic storytelling at the library because so many of the kids figure out what happens to the missing donkey and love screaming out the answer.

 

I decided to create a story board to help my daughter count but instead of donkeys, we used pumpkin seeds. We decided to color the seeds to make them look like grains of desert sand.  We also cut out some paper palm trees and a donkey to spend the afternoon imaging all kinds of play scenes.

 

Supplies

Parchment Paper
Measuring spoons
Food coloring (yellow & red)
Rubbing alcohol
Cardstock
Scissors
Plastic container
Pumpkin seeds

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Place a few drops of yellow food coloring in the plastic container and one teaspoon of rubbing alcohol.  Add a handful of seeds in the mix.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Place the container lid on and shake it until the seeds are coated with the food coloring.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Use the measruing spoon to take out just the seeds and lay them out to dry on the parchment paper.  Throw in another handfull of seeds and add a few drops of red to turn the next patch into orange.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Lay those out on the parchment paper and add a few more drops to make the next batch a darker red.  Your parchment paper should look like this:

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

We left our pumpkins seeds out to dry for 24 hours, making sure to turn them over a few times.

While they were drying, we made some cut outs for our storyboard.  The leaves for our palm trees were made from cutting the edges off a rectangle piece of paper. Then we cut it in half.  The trunk of the palm tree was made from cutting an arch from another rectangle piece of paper.  We just free hand cut the donkey.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Once our seeds were dried, we put our scene together with our colorful sand.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

We spent our afternoon playing with the seeds and counting with Goha.

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

And it’s so easy for anyone to count in Arabic, since the book includes how to pronounce each number. Brilliant!

ACraftyArab Pumpkin Seed Counting with Goha Tutorial

Hope you enjoyed our book review and pumpkin seed tutorial.  If you’d like to see more of our Arabic books crafts, please visit

Mini Eid Book Tutorial {and Bookmark Downloads}

Mosque Pillow Tutorial

I hope to do more multicultural book reviews in the upcoming months to get ready for Multicultural Book Day on January 27th, 2017. Be sure to check out more book lists on A Crafty Arab Pinterest.

A Crafty Arab Multicultural Children Book Day 2017

Here’s a link to the book if you’d like to buy your own copy:

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2017 Multicultural Children Book Day {Resource} Save The Date

A Crafty Arab Multicultural Children Book Day 2017I was recently asked to be a Co-Host for the Multicultural Children Book Day (MCCBD), to be held January 27, 2017. In a nutshell, a MCCBD Co-Host is like an ambassador for the event and the non-profit work that they do.

 

The mission of MCCBD is to not only bring raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.

 

I am so honored to have been asked, since last year I found out about it too late to participate. I can’t wait to see the list of books/authors/publishers that will be offered this year.  More information will be coming up, so be sure to sign up for the newsletter to keep updated here.

 

Check out the hashtage #ReadYourWorld on Instagram and Twitter to read some fantastic past reviews of diverse children’s books.

 

To see out some of our past book activities here on A Crafty Arab, please visit

99 Arab Children Books

5 Books with Strong Arab Protagonist

Mosque Pillow Tutorial

7 Stories of Arab Friendship

6 Arabic Dictionaries for Children

Visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more of our favorite books.

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