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I was thrilled to be asked to share a review of the Broccoli Bilingual Kids Book Series as part of the fantastic celebration that is Multicultural Children’s Book Day (January 27th; more info below!).
Broccoli Multicultural Kids Books is a company that started in Boston as a student run start-up. Now in New York City, they focus on sharing cultures by collecting stories from across the world and publishing them digitally. The stories are available in six languages: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. It also provides audio! What a great learning tool.
“We believe that understanding each other is the first step to uniting diverse people into one community.” – Broccoli Multicultural Kids Books
Broccoli shared with me two stories from their collection, both presented in French and English
1) Les Deux Freres/Two Brothers has the beautiful feel of a classic folktale.
2) La Petit Grenouille qui n’écoute pas/Little Frog Doesn’t Listen reminded me of the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales, where events are not sugar coated. I would proceed with caution with sensitive little ones as things escalate quickly (there is a death) and the little frog who doesn’t listen ends up living with a lifetime of regret.
This picture of the depressed Frog Mom was my favorite illustration from this story. It made me laugh but also tugged at my heart. What parent hasn’t at some point thought “what am I going to do about you?”
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s 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.
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 holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.
Current Sponsors: 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 like 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 Booksand Pomelo Books
Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, 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.
Some sites to learn more about #ReadYourWorld
Free Kindness Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators
Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents