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!