Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing it. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.
Mission: Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.
This event is brought to you by the co-creators of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Literature event Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press, and the main sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Lee & Low Books Chronicle Books, and Susan Daniel Fayad: Author of My Grandfather’s Masbaha.
We enjoyed reviewing the references at the end of the book, and learning about village life in Kenya. My son’s favorite part was reading about the flora and fauna of the country; and he was also mesmerized by the details of the illustrations. For example, the dog in the back barking at the mongoose while Adika and Mama Panya were talking, or the beautiful butterflies by the palm trees.
The authors Mary and Rich Chamberlin offer a delightful, and educational look into the life of a young Kenyan boy, and his mother. This multicultural book is indeed a keeper!
That looks like an amazing book! Thank you for sharing it. I always love finding new good reads.
That sounds like a great read, and so wonderful son was interested in the flora and fauna. Perhaps you have a little landscaper on you hands?
This sounds like a wonderful book! I love pancakes, and I love the looks of this book! 😀
Great review and thanks for supporting Multicultural Children's Book day! I am anxious to get this book for my family 🙂
What a great book and a fantastic review! I really want to read this book to my kids. Thanks so much for sharing this, Frances!
We love pancakes, so we would love a book like this that uses pancakes to get the message across. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your review with us. Have a fantastic weekend and week ahead!
Thank you Amanda for stopping by! This book is definitely a good read! 🙂
Thanks SJ! Yes, my little one was really interested in the surroundings. It's a beautiful illustrated book!
Hello Cool Mom! Thanks for stopping by! We love pancakes, too but just be warned it's not your typical pancake! 🙂
Hi This Kids Reviews Books!! Pancakes are a fave at home, but these pancakes are a bit different in taste, and texture. 😉
Thank you Rebecca! The MCB day is a great event! This book is a keeper! 🙂
Thank you Lisa! You and your kids will love this book!!!
This looks delightful and educational! Reminds me of a time when one of my neighbors got an old metal drum and made a huge outdoor fire to cook pancakes for the whole neighborhood!
that sounds like a beautiful story with a lovely message. glad your son enjoyed it and i love that books like this encourage further reading and researching. thank you for sharing.
Thank you for stopping by! Yes, the book indeed is far more than just a children's book! 🙂
Now that must have been fun! Outdoor fire to cook pancakes for the whole neighborhood? I can only imagine. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
We love Barefoot Books! I love the cover and the story line. And I am also very grateful to Multicultural Children's Book Day for letting us discover new books.
Great review. Barefoot books have a great line up and this one looks like a fantastic read. I love the illustration. Thanks for sharing the recommendation on Kidlit Blog Hop!
Looks like a wonderful book. What a beautiful cover, too!
What a lovely storyline – and beautiful illustrations!
Thank you so much Frances for joining us for Multicultural Children's Book Day. What a wonderful community building book Mama Panya's Pancakes is! I will be sure to check it out! It reminds me a little of Stone Soup.
So glad to see these great multicultural books get exposure. There is a tremendous need for them in libraries and schools. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop! Cheryl, Hop Hostess
I am loving all of your book reviews!! I think I need to go shopping! This one sounds absolutely lovely.
This looks like a fantastic book! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Hope to see you again this week!