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Multicultural Children’s Day Book Reviews

I’m so excited to be able to review three diverse children’s books as part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Review!
You know I love sharing book resources and couldn’t wait to share some of the more recent books I’ve been sent by some contemporary authors. 

This book is called “Being You” by Alexs Pate. I love the pictures in this book and the poetic style Pate uses throughout.

Written for 6-12 year olds and illustrated by Soud, ‘Being You’ captures the sentiment every parent wants to teach their child. Be yourself, remember who you are. When other children whisper about you and question the things that you do and how you behave, answer them with confidence.

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It’s a well-written book about letting your child shine and helping them to face on the world- even with all its bad parts- and without fear.

I read this to my three daughters, ages 7, 5 and 3 years old. My 3 year old lost interest but my 7 year old was reading it aloud, intrigued by the messages that mirror much of what she experiences day to day.

Even better, there were images of children that look like my children. Brown skinned, black skinned, light skinned and dark skinned. It’s a book for both boys and girls and gives a powerful message.

Being You Book Review

Highly recommended!

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 My Dad's JobThe second book “My Dad’s Job” by Deirdre Pecchioni Cummings, illustrated by Erika Busse took me on a little journey. 

A picture book with cute illustrations all about a black father and son and his so-called ‘job’ to teach his son to be a man.

A sweet story showing the child growing, eager to learn but not realising until he turns 18, that he has been learning all this time.


“I Want to be a Bennett Belle” is also by Deirdre Book Review of I want to be a Bennett BelleCummings and illustrated by Erika Busse and was slighly less relatable as I’m not based in the US and don’t have any knowledge of Bennett College nor the American Black Historical Colleges.

It’s a picture book set in the US, Louisiana  but is meant to resonate with the millions of others who have attended and benefitted from other Black Historical Colleges in the US. 

It was touching and clearly the author was appealing to others who had attended Bennett College. The way in which the Grandmother refers to her days there and relates to her grand daughter is sweet.  However, it wasn’t a book that I could read to my daughters with any meaning. We are based in the UK and I’m not sure they would understand it at this age.

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th 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 homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board!

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Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book CouncilThe Junior Library GuildTheConsciousKid.org.

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone PublishingCarole P. RomanAuthor Charlotte RiggleHuda EssaThe Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge PublishingJudy Dodge CummingsAuthor Gwen JacksonKitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ LanguagesLee & Low BooksMiranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, RedfinAuthor Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s DaughterTimTimTom BooksLin ThomasSleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield,

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

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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.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty ArabAgatha Rodi BooksAll Done MonkeyBarefoot MommyBiracial Bookworms,Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms ShareColours of UsDiscovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Descendant of Poseidon ReadsEducators Spin on it Growing Book by BookHere Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin LeeJump Into a BookImagination Soup, Jenny Ward’s ClassKid World CitizenKristi’s Book NookThe LogonautsMama SmilesMiss Panda ChineseMulticultural Kid BlogsRaising Race Conscious ChildrenShoumi SenSpanish Playground

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party. GO HERE for more details.

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Cheap and Free Christmas Activities for Kids In London

I love this time of year and I love the magic that kids experience through Christmas. It truly is the best time of year.

And yet with gifts to buy, shows on offer, grottos and markets galore, the budget can certainly get stretched at this time of year. In fact, we barely make it to the big day sometimes as last minute shopping can certainly do my wallet in.

I want my children to take in as much as they can this season- the lights, the markets, meeting Santa. But we honestly can’t do it all. We’d bust.

And I know we’re not the only family out there feeling the pinch at Christmas. The challenge? How do we ensure our kids can experience the magic without breaking the bank?

Well, here it is…

Free Christmas Activities for Kids in London
Free Christmas Activities for Kids in London


1) Free Christmas Activities for Kids in London: Sloane Square Christmas Lights Switch-On!

See Chelsea light-up at the magical Christmas Lights Switch-On on Saturday 17 November.

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Meet the real reindeer and even see Father Christmas turn on the lights with his special helper! Entertainment and Christmas treats will be available across the area from 2pm – Duke of York Square, Pavilion Road and Sloane Square. Visit the Festive Food Market to pick up delicious treats and explore the area with complimentary horse & carriage rides taking place throughout the afternoon. Enjoy magical performances from local choirs – the Chelsea Pensioners and Holy Trinity Church, as well as Salvation Army Band – singing carols leading you to the switch-on moment on Sloane Square at 5pm.


2) Free Christmas Activities for Kids in London: Family Day Children’s Christmas Party at the Benjamin Franklin House

Saturday December 8, 10.30am-12noon

Free Christmas Activities for Kids in London

Children will discover the magic of the holiday – 18th century style – with crafts and treats. Sing along to festive classics like Jingle Bells with accompaniment on the glass armonica, the instrument Franklin invented at Craven Street. Enjoy holiday treats and deck the halls with Christmas crafts to make and take home! Suitable for children aged 5-11


3) Free Christmas Activities for Kids in London: Snow Ball at the Royal Festival Hall

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Show off your best fancy dress and learn dance moves to your favourite seasonal hits at this winter ball, featuring games and festive fun for the entire family. Those who want to show off their costumes can join in with the Penguin Parade, a People’s Catwalk with a festive twist.


4) Free Christmas Activities for Kids in London: Winterville, Clapham Common

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A completely different festive experience! Expect live DJs, comedy, musical bingo, roaming magicians, kid’s raves, Mexican wrestling and a family Christmas show on a double decker bus.
Elsewhere in our pop-up town you can skate on our outdoor Ice Rink, enjoy sensational food from Street Feast, lose yourself in Backyard Cinema’s Christmas maze, catch club nights in the Roller Disco, play crazy golf on a UV-powered course, ride the Big Wheel, enjoy cocktails and craft beer in themed bars and find unique gifts in Solo Craft Fair.
Ticketed shows include Chivaree Circus, Lucha Britannia Mexican Wrestling, Rabbit Rabbit Comedy, Bus King Theatre’s What Is In My Hat, Big Fish Little Fish family rave, Okido workshops, Mariah & Friendz, Mighty Hoopla’s Christmas Jumpergeddon, U Okay Hun and The Cocoa Butter Club. Open 15 Nov to 23 Dec, Winterville is brought to you by the co founders of Field Day, Mighty Hoopla and Street Feast.

The Ultimate Guide to Multicultural Toys and Black Dolls with Natural Hair

I’ve banged on before about how much representation matters. From buying dolls to choosing books to the movies your children watch, seeing themselves reflected in their everyday is so important for a child’s self esteem and for their aspirations to believe that they can achieve anything.

So, as part of that series, we are bringing you the ultimate guide to multicultural toys and black dolls with natural hair.  From dolls to figurines to bags, subscriptions, puppets, games and more…  And the best part? You don’t need to order from across the pond! This list should appeal to both boys and girls but if you’d like us to include anything else, just write a comment below! In the run up to Christmas time, this is the perfect Santa list for your little ones.

Lots to Love Bath Time Doll

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/627305944/girls-pink-foldable-umbrella-kids?ref=shop_home_active_8Designed by Berengeuer, these Lots To Love Babies are the perfect bath and playtime doll. Chubby and sturdy – who wouldn’t love these dolls. Perfect for bath or play. Comes with removable nappy. Able to sit independently. Outfits available.

Girls Pink Foldable Umbrella, Kids Umbrella, Cute Umbrella, Personalized Kids Ballerina Rain Gear, Monogrammed Umbrella, Girls Umbrella

GUIDE TO MULTICULTURAL TOYS AND BLACK DOLLS WITH NATURAL HAIRGreat idea! Kids love umbrellas and this one comes personalised! Choose from a variety of images.

North American Bear Little Princess Snowflake/Tan Doll

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/627305944/girls-pink-foldable-umbrella-kids?ref=shop_home_active_8Snowflake Princess is a very soft and cuddly toy. 15 inches or approx 36cm in length. Lightweight and very flexible. Very soft material body with beautiful pale blue princess dress & crown. Light tan complexion.

 

Granny, Black Grandmother, Full Body, Ventriloquist Style Puppet, 65cm

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/627305944/girls-pink-foldable-umbrella-kids?ref=shop_home_active_8I love a good puppet and Granny ventriloquist is a fantastic option! High quality full body ventriloquist style puppet made by Silly Puppets. Easy to move mouth. Hand entry through the back of the puppet. Includes 1 arm control rod which can be clipped to either hand for movement. Height is about 65cm tall. Lightweight at just around 500g. Puppet can be re-dressed in child size 18 month clothes.

 

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Rhino Face-Off by the Mine Toy for Boys and Girls

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/627305944/girls-pink-foldable-umbrella-kids?ref=shop_home_active_8Black Panther… the movie of all time. And it’s great that lego has the toys to keep the play alive. Includes three minifigures: Black Panther, Okoye and Killmonger. Rhino features a minifigure seat, posable head and legs, rhino horn elements and two stud shooters. Mining cart features a tipping function and translucent-blue vibranium nugget elements. Activate the rail track’s explode function to knock over the cart. 

Our Generation 18-Inch Nahla Deluxe Doll with Book

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/627305944/girls-pink-foldable-umbrella-kids?ref=shop_home_active_8This Nahla 18 inch doll is fully pose-able. She comes with 2 outfits and extra accessories including a story book. Eyes open and close. and you can buy lots more great outfits, accessories and accessory sets in the Our Generation range.

 

Ravensburger Doc McStuffins Medicine Bag Game

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/627305944/girls-pink-foldable-umbrella-kids?ref=shop_home_active_8A fun game for Doc McStuffins fans. Help Doc find her missing instruments and fill her. Game play based on the popular pre-school TV show. Perfect for children aged 3 and up, 2 to 4 players. Easy to understand rules combined with a unique and fun game play.

 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/627305944/girls-pink-foldable-umbrella-kids?ref=shop_home_active_8We love crafts in our house and having the option to use different coloured pegs to make a puppet or figurine is such a great idea. Just wrap with fabric to ‘fashion’ an outfit. Decorate with acrylic paint, twirly hair, fabric and yarn (not included. Comes in 5 assorted colours – Dark Brown, Tan, Orange, Peach and Beige.

Just Like Me Book Box!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/627305944/girls-pink-foldable-umbrella-kids?ref=shop_home_active_8Get a monthly subscription box with 2-3 children’s books featuring characters of color plus fun book swag! Finding the best African American children’s literature can be challenging. We’re here to help! Every month we hand-select books to send to your child. In addition, we include fun and educational activities to enjoy with your family.

Multicultural Kids Around The World Finger Puppets

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/627305944/girls-pink-foldable-umbrella-kids?ref=shop_home_active_8Ever sang the “Daddy Finger” song? I’ve had to many times and love that you can now bring it to life with these 12 Assorted Finger puppets. Made out of vinyl. Fits any size fingers.

 

 

Tidlo Wooden Little Friends Puzzle

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/627305944/girls-pink-foldable-umbrella-kids?ref=shop_home_active_8The Tidlo Little Friends Puzzle features eight little friends who come in pairs – a boy and a girl in each set. The head, body and legs of each character lift out separately, leaving little ones with the task of piecing them back together – working out which piece belongs to which character! A line drawing underneath each piece can be used as a guide to find the correct slot! Or, for a little extra fun, why not mix and match the character pieces to create some funny new characters. The puzzle splits into 24 chunky pieces that are ideal for little hands to lift, grasp, examine and replace. With a bright and colourful design, this wooden puzzle is sure to attract the attention of youngsters and is a great way to improve early shape recognition.

Barbie Baby Doctor

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/627305944/girls-pink-foldable-umbrella-kids?ref=shop_home_active_8Explore the world of medicine with Barbie dolls and medical play sets! Barbie baby doctor doll is ready to see patients with furniture for an exam table and accessories to care for two adorable babies. Details are realistic with colourful touches and office-inspired elements. Teal scrubs and white shoes are a perfect professional look. Barbie baby doctor doll does double duty with an exam station that features two tubs, a moving mobile and storage space. Accessories let young minds care for baby patients with a stethoscope, two baby towels, a bottle and a medical chart. Young doctors will love giving their patients a clean bill of health with baby doctor Barbie doll.

Barbie Robotics Engineer Doll

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/627305944/girls-pink-foldable-umbrella-kids?ref=shop_home_active_8Get your girls and boys dreaming big with Barbie Robotics Engineer doll — this Barbie Career of the Year doll introduces a partnership with Tynker, a game-based platform that teaches kids how to code and inspires them to explore STEM opportunities! Barbie doll comes with a silvery robot and a purple laptop — that shows a screenshot of her robotics project. A career-themed look includes a white t-shirt with rainbow tech-inspired graphic, a denim jacket, black pants, white sneakers and protective goggles. 

Positively Perfect Brianna Doll, 18-Inch

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/627305944/girls-pink-foldable-umbrella-kids?ref=shop_home_active_8Another great 18 inch doll with lovely curly hair radiating confidence and beauty. Soft body with vinyl head, legs and arms.

Mosi Backpack

This delightful, high-quality Mosi™ Backpack is the perfect accessory for boys who are ready to explore…The Ultimate Guide to MULTICULTURAL Toys and Black Dolls with Natural Hair

WWE Big E and Xavier Woods Figure, Multicoloured, Pack of 2

The Ultimate Guide to MULTICULTURAL Toys and Black Dolls with Natural HairHave twice the slamming ideal time with the WWE Battle Pack. No-holds barred personality pack celebrates key rivalries, champions, WWE Women’s Division competitors, manager and talent, tag teams and siblings. With the included iconic accessory and authentic WWE detailing, you can recreate realistic, big event matches with two approximately 6 Inch superstar figures.

Budkins Blue Football Team and Black and White Ball 4 item pack

The Ultimate Guide to MULTICULTURAL Toys and Black Dolls with Natural HairHave lots of fun with these bendy wooden players and a bouncy football. Ps you don’t need to be a Chelsea fan to enjoy these little guys;)

 

 

 


Queens of Africa Dolls

The Ultimate Guide to MULTICULTURAL Toys and Black Dolls with Natural Hair

I love the Queens of Africa range. The Trinity Pack features Azeezah, Nneka and Wuraola. Stylish Outfit and accessories for each doll. Each Doll has a different Afro hairstyle.

 

 

 

Lela Backpack

The Ultimate Guide to MULTICULTURAL Toys and Black Dolls with Natural Hair

The name Lela is of Swahili origin, meaning black beauty. Lela loves to be creative and express herself in everything she does. She is confident and full of enthusiasm and loves all things pink and sparkly. Welcome to the wonderful world of Lela, a place where kids can feel good about themselves. Lela products are appropriate for many gift-giving occasions, from birthdays to Christmas’s and more. This back pack is beautifully made with lovely detail making this a bag any little girl would love to take with her everywhere.

Nia Ballerina Musical Jewellery Box – Dressing Table

The Ultimate Guide to MULTICULTURAL Toys and Black Dolls with Natural HairFinally, a musical jewellery box with a black ballerina, which is the perfect keepsake gift a little girl will treasure for years!  Wind the key and lift the lid to see the beautiful ballerina turning to a melody.  Illustrated in a colourful image with Nia Ballerina sitting at a dressing table getting ready makes this music box ideal for little girls to keep their jewellery and special memorable items safe.

Hape Happy Family-African American

The Ultimate Guide to MULTICULTURAL Toys and Black Dolls with Natural HairA Happy African-American Family including Grandma, Grandpa, Mum, Dad, sister and brother. Perfect idea for any kids’ doll house. The family is also fun to play with on its own. Beautifully crafted dolls made from friendly fabric and quality hardwood. Helps develop role play and dexterity as well as playful storytelling.

African American Custom Selfie doll, personalized doll, custom doll, character doll, rag doll, art doll, made by photo, artist cloth doll

The Ultimate Guide to MULTICULTURAL Toys and Black Dolls with Natural HairI love this idea but beware it’s not cheap and it takes 6 weeks to arrive. But, these replica dolls can be custom made designed after you or your loved ones! Features, hair style, colour, clothing and all! The base price includes one 30 cm (12 inch) tall doll, with clothing (max. 2 garment) that you can specify in detail.

Black Boy Hoodie Sweatshirt Men’s hooded African American Black Boy Joy Hoody Sweatshirts Multiple Colors

The Ultimate Guide to MULTICULTURAL Toys and Black Dolls with Natural HairEvery boy loves a good hoodie and this one featuring a black superhero is a great one for your little men.

 

 

 

 

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Inspiration for Diverse Halloween Costumes for Your Mixed Kids

Halloween is next week and while I’m thinking of the usual ideas like zombies, witches and ghosts, for the first time, I’d like my daughters to consider that representation matters.

I’d like them to see themselves represented, not just in the shows they watch, the books they read and the movies they go to but ALSO in the costumes they choose. Why not? They’re still young enough to want to dress up- even when it’s not halloween.

They seem to have a million and one princess dresses but I’ve been trying to be intentional about finding them non-princessy type dressing up outfits. Since then, I’ve added a fire fighter, police officer, pilot and construction worker to our dressing up box.

So this year, for Halloween, I’m not just thinking about gender but about real life (or fictional) characters who are black or non-white and in whom my kids might see themselves reflected. Even if they’re joke characters, it’s important that there are diverse  characters that look like them. Few as there might be, I’m determined that they see them.

Try some of these out and tell me about more so I can add them below!

Diverse Halloween Costumes Ideas

Moana

Our favourite Disney princess, if you’re daughter is obsessed with dressing up as her favourite Disney character, why not play feature Moana this family movie night and see how keen she is to wear Tafiti’s heart.

Black Panther

Sort of a no-brainer, Black Panther was THE black superhero we’ve all been waiting for. Look no further for a great superhero for your black son or daughter. Great costume, great movie.

Frida Kahlo

For your art-inspired little ‘uns, Frida Kahlo’s style lends itself perfectly for Halloween costume inspiration. Her story is intriguing as well. She will, no doubt, become your daughter’s new hero.

Princess Tiana

Again, a no-brainer for your Disney inspired princesses. Princess Tiana is a great black character and inspiration for frilly, sparkly obsessed little princesses.

Shuri Black Panther

Wow. I love this costume. Not just for the character in the movie, but for how cool it looks too. More superhero inspiration for kids wanting to shun the usual gender-specific costumes but instead come out fighting.

Cleopatra

Looking for something different? Go historical. One of the most intriguing women of our history, Cleopatra is a perfect fit. Teach your daughters and sons about her and Anthony, her empire and her eventual fall. Great history lesson along with a very cool costume.

Rhianna from Home

Diverse Halloween costumes No need to buy anything here. Simply don your child in an orange coat and jeans and see how cute they’ll look impersonating the cutest character from Home.

Maui

We all love Maui from the wonderful Moana movie. He’s a great character and has inspired many little boys.

Mr T

We had to go 80’s! Always a winner for any little boy. He’s funny, tough, has his own style and will make you take a walk down memory lane. 

Doc McStuffins

Good ol’ Doc McStuffins will never disappoint. She’s an aspiring doctor, black and a girl. You don’t get better role models than that. Let your daughters dress up and bring along a stuffy  to complete the outfit.

Michael Jackson

And finally….’ it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white’, Michael Jackson appeals to ALL children- even years after his death. He’s still the king of pop so get your kids to dance along to some of his best hits and they’ll be killing it on the dance floor.

Good luck and have fun with it!!

 

 

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