It is time to share another wonderfully written children’s book: El lugar donde vives/The Place Where You Live. Written in small 3-line verses (with the exception of the very last one) and with a recurring ending line “here is the place where you live/aquí el lugar donde vives”, James Luna takes readers through many different parts of his community. From his house where grandma serves hot chocolate and tortillas, the local candy store full of paletas y chicles, the library stocked with magical books, the park, to the cart where snow cones and elotes are sold.
The illustrations are colorful and really captivate the essence of the writing. My favorite are the illustrations for the library and the park. Children as little as 3 (even younger) can really enjoy this book – it makes a magnificent bedtime story.
As a classroom teacher, I have also shared this book with my dual-language students who are learning to play with words during out poetry unit. Children tend to be intimidated by poetry, but using this book (together with many other books written in Spanish) has helped many of my reluctant writers. This book is definitely a great addition to your home or classroom library.
1. Our Mission: The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.
NOTE: The full name of this event is Multicultural Children’s Book Day and our official hashtag is #ReadYourWorld.
The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia and Valarie here.
2. Multicultural Children’s Book day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors! #ReadYourWorld
Platinum: Wisdom Tales Press * StoryQuest Books * Lil Libros
Gold: Author Tori Nighthawk * Candlewick Press * Bharat Babies
Silver: Lee and Low Books * Chronicle Books * Capstone Young Readers * Tuttle Publishing * NY Media Works, LLC/KidLit TV
Bronze: Pomelo Books * Author Jacqueline Woodson * Papa Lemon Books * Goosebottom Books * Author
Gleeson Rebello * ShoutMouse Press * Author Mahvash Shahegh * China Institute.org * Live Oak Media
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4. Classroom Reading Challenge: Help spread the word on our Classroom Reading Challenge. This very special offering from MCCBD offers teachers and classrooms the chance to (very easily) earn a free hardcover multicultural children’s book for their classroom library. These books are not only donated by the Junior Library Guild, but they are pre-screened and approved by them as well. What we could really use some help with is spreading the word to your teacher/librarian/classroom connections so we can get them involved in this program. There is no cost to teachers and classrooms and we’ve made the whole
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