A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Yeh-Hsien, a Chinese Cinderella #readyourworld

Did you know it's almost Chinese New Year?  Now is the perfect time to think about adding a Chinese book or two to your children's library.

We received Yeh-Hsien, a Chinese Cinderella, as part of Multicultural Children's Book Day.  This is our third year participating in MCBD.  Books for kids have improved over the years, but they're still disproportionately white.  As the mom of two Chinese daughters, I've made an effort to specifically include a variety of books about adoption, about China, and books featuring Asian characters in our family library.  Multicultural Children's Book Day is a good reminder to all families to celebrate diversity in their reading materials. 

Yeh-Hsien, a Chinese Cinderella, came to us courtesy of Language Lizard, LLC.  Many of their books, including Yeh-Hsien, are dual language, meaning the text appears in both English and another language.  You can shop by age or by language on their website.  Yeh-Hsien is in the 5-8 year old section and comes in an impressive 23 different languages!

Hannah, who is 10, read the book aloud to Katie, who is 7.  Both girls enjoyed the story and the vibrant illustrations.

Language Lizard, LLC offers a wide variety of diverse children's book, in an array of bilingual options.  I hope you'll spend a few moments looking through their selection.  You're sure to find something catches your eye for the kids in your life.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our 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: MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD 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 Bowe, Gokul! 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 Author Sponsors
Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo, Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles, Author 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 Queen, Author 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.

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm. 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! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

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  1. " Books for kids have improved over the years, but they're still disproportionately white."


    And the multicultural books that are out there, tend toward trauma of some sort--racial tension, adoption, slavery, etc. I love those books for how they teach us to love one another, but sometimes I just want a sweet book about childhood that features some children of color!!

    1. You're right. Several years ago, I was at a Scholastic warehouse sale (totally dangerous for homeschoolers!) and I came across this: http://amzn.to/2Emh5xR I bought it because it was so refreshing to see an ordinary picture book about a little brown girl.

  2. So glad to find more dual language books. Thanks for sharing with MCBD!

    1. I love MCBD! I always find a couple new treasures in the linkup to add to our family library.