Fellow bloggers Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom want to raise awareness for kid’s books that celebrate diversity! In order to jumpstart this effort, January 27, 2014 has been designated Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Did you know: 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 Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries.
On Monday, 67 bloggers will be highlighting children’s books that celebrate diversity. This will be a great reading list for the winter and a wonderful way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers and libraries. For more information please check out the Multicultural Children’s Book Day website by clicking this link!
I am joining in the fun by reviewing:
by Alexis York Lumbard
illustrated by Flavia Weedn
A big thank you to Wisdom Tales for donating a copy of this darling picture book for me to review. It is filled with quiet magic, the kind that sends a child off to sleep like a prayer. Purely nondenominational, the gentle rhyming text describes all different kinds of angels. Big or tiny, they fly by day and by night, helping flowers to grow and snowflakes to fall. There are lovely angels who heal, and sing, and, of course, watch over everything. Alexis York Lumbard, an author who writes that she “is interested in the wisdom and beauty of the world’s religions,” has truly captured something of the purely spiritual in this book.
Award-winning artist Flavia Weedn has illustrated the text with richly-colored paintings that radiate warmth and whimsy. She captures flights of imagination in her artwork, with a simplicity and loveliness that children will be drawn to read again and again.
Whether as a bed-time story, or a circle-time read aloud, Angels will surely please children ages 2-7, and may help to inspire some discussion about things spiritual and divine.
Please check out these blogs – all are celebrating Multicultural Children’s Book Day with reviews of books celebrating diversity!
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