Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 {Resource}

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

I’m so excited to be a co-Host this year to add my review for Kadis كديسة. It was a wonderful book that beautifully highlights Sudanese landscape, customs, people and culture. Last year I received a Persian book, Naji and the Mystery of the Dig.

At the bottom of this post, there is Linky going on right now for reviewers of multicultural books that allow your child to #ReadYourWorld.

 

Please stop by A Crafty Arab resource page to find 100s of children books, reviews, downloads, & DIY tutorials on the Arab world, Islam, Muslims, Muslimahs, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), Asia, Africa, & Arab Americans.

 

If you would ilke to know more about Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017, it is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Their 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: Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 Multicultural Children’s Book Day 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 Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Author Sponsors

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

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan BernardoAuthor Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne BroylesAuthor 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 QueenAuthor 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.

2018 Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Twitter Party

Multicultural Children’s Book Day super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm and sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs:

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!

2018 Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Free Resources

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers.

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators.

 

Be sure to link up your multicultural children’s book:


 
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Sudan Writing Board {Tutorial} plus Kadis {Review}

I am so excited to once again be a co-host for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. This year I received a children’s bilingual book from Sudan to review, Kadis كديسة by Rasha Hamid.

 

 

This book is unique on so many levels, first it was written in Sudanese Arabic, a dialect I am not too familiar with, but excited to learn.  Second, it is read sideways, which allows more room for the English rhythmical text and Arabic translations. And third, it features sensational photos of Sudan, transposed with  كديسة  (kadis or cat) drawings from artist Sharhabil Ahmed.

 

My daughters and I enjoyed learning about Sudan through the adventures of the cats and we went online to look up more information.  We found that students historically used wood writing boards to practice their Arabic calligraphy and to help them memorize Qur’anic verses.

 

To help us learn the new Sudanese Arabic words in the back of the book, we made a writing board to draw what we were learning on the different pages.  I had received this chalkboard paint as a Plaid Ambassador and the Liquid Chalk was perfect for letting us draw an image, wipe it off, and draw the next.  Just like a real writing board from Sunday!  Except that with the liquid chalk, there is no smudging if someone accidentally touches it.

Supplies

Artist wood panel
Chalkboard paint
Liquid chalk
Pen
Xacto
Foam brush
Blank stencil

Follow the manufactures instructions on how to apply the chalkboard paint. Ours says to add three layers, waiting an hour between coats.  Once the third layer was on, we left it alone for 24 hours to set.

While we waited, we worked on making our stencils for the Arabic word for cat: كديسة and one of the cats from the book. To make the word, we laid the stencil over the book and traced out the letters. To make sure we don’t lose the hole in the last letter ة, we added lines to keep it attached.

My 11 year old daughter made this craft, so I helped her with the smaller turns in the letters, but she did the straight areas to practice working with an xacto.

We decided to go with one of the simpler cat drawings and traced it also. At this point my daughter was able to cut out the whole cat by herself with the Xacto.

We set everything aside for the next day. After the 24 were done and our wood board was dry, we conditioned it according to our directions. First we covered the whole thing with chalk. Then we wiped it off with soap and water.

We waited till our board was dry and placed our stencil on top. We sponge painted the letters.

We also added the كديسة.

Now the fun began as we used the pages of the book to inspire our drawings.

First we stared with a zir, زير, a type of clay water pot that cools water though evaporation. You can find azyar, أزيار, the plural of zir, along the way for travelers to sip on hot, windy desert days. A visual reminder of the generosity and hospitality of the Sudanese people.

While we had our paintbrush out, we also fixed the connection to make our last letter, ة, complete.

Once the chalk paint is dry, it is smudge proof.

However, with just a little water and wrist strength, it can be made clean.

Now our board is ready for our next lesson, about kusseh alsukr, sugar cane, قصب السكر.

 

We can add a hook to the back of the board and hang it up as art.

Grab your copy of this delightful book and support Multicultural Book Day by stopping by on Saturday for the big link party!


If you enjoyed this DIY craft and book review, pleas stop by

Sheep Origami Bookmark {Tutorial} plus Who Hid The Eid Lamb {Review}

Mosque Golden Domes {Tutorial} plus Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns {Review}

 

Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more tutorials.

3 Tips to add Multicultural Children’s Book Day to your School Library {Resource}

On January 27th, 2018, it will be Multicultural Children’s Book Day. I was a coHost last year for the first time and this year, I wanted to do more than just review a book.  I decided to do something on a local level and ask our elementary school librarian if we get involved. I wanted to add a few diverse books that not just my daughter, but also other kids, can see on a shelf.

 

Two months ago, I went in to meet her to show her a few printouts from the website and she was instantly on board. We are very fortunate to have a very diverse school, so convincing her of such an important initiative was not very difficult.

 

A few weeks ago, I was able to go in and use the school die cut machine to spell out the words Read Your Word, the title I wanted kids to see when they first entered the space. It’s also the hashtag used on Twitter  by hundreds of bloggers, reviewers, book publishers and authors for the big day.

Then this week I was able to go into the library and hang up the letters.

At first I thought that I was only going to get the space under the words to showcase some books.  But I soon learned that the librarian wanted books all over the library.

Another volunteer and I were handed reading lists and went off to find the books and cover the shelves.

Even single books were added in a few spots.

Now that I can add Professional  Library Stager on my LinkedIn (okay, maybe not, but image how much fun this would be as a real job?), I wanted to offer my three tips to getting your school library to support Multicultural Children’s Book Day next year:

  1. Ask.  You will be surprised at how many librarians are looking for fresh ideas to celebrate reading. Be sure to ask early so they can plan.
  2. Download. The Multicultural Children’s Book Day website if full of FREE resources to get you and your library started. No need to reinvent the wheel.
  3. Show up. Don’t give this to staff or a volunteer to do. Make sure you are there, to put in the sweat equity. Be the change you want to see.

So ask yourself, what can you do to bring more diverse books into your little corner of the world?

For those with a keen eye, you might have noticed the mosque pillow in the Read Your World photo, which is from a DIY craft project I shared after a book review.  Feel free to look up resources on 100s of children books, reviews, downloads, & DIY tutorials on the Arab world, Islam, Muslims, Muslimahs, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), Asia, Africa, & Arab Americans by visiting the A Crafty Arab Educational and Cultural Resources page to also use.

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more.