Multi-Cultural Book Day

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A book review by Eli Carter

 

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                                Bronze and Sunflower

Cao Wenxuan and Candlewick Press bring us a tale that is: AMAZING, touching, and tear-inspiring at some times. Translated from Mandarin Chinese by Helen Wang, it takes place in rural China during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Sunflower is a city girl with a country girl’s name. Sunflower and her father with a cadre to a cadre school, which is in the rural outskirts of China. After her father tragically drowns, she is taken in by Bronze, a mute boy who had already become fast friends with her, and his family.

This dynamic story takes place over the course of four to five years. You get to experience this family’s ups and downs, go through good times and bad, gains and losses, even tornadoes and school exams. From selling reed shoes to the family buffalo, Bronze and Sunflower will provide joy and excitement to the reader.

A great book for those who love historical fiction or timeless tales, wonderfully written with a roller coaster of emotions, twists and turns that lead to happy endings,  Bronze and Sunflower is a book you’ll never forget, can’t put down, and deserves five stars from me anyday.

青銅和向日葵

(Bronze and Sunflower)

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 Books and 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.

MCBD Links to remember:

MCBD site: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/

Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents: http://bit.ly/1sZ5s8i

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