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The Latina Book Club is proud to be part of Multicultural Children's Book Day (January 27, 2015). 

Bloggers, reviewers, bookstores, and others around the country are posting reviews of different multicultural books and/or holding activities to celebrate the day.  Many thanks to co-creators of this event, Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press.  Please join us in celebrating this unique day.   #ReadYourWorld.

Multicultural Children's Book Day Mission:  is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.

REVIEW:   LITTLE BOY (Saga of a Comanche Warrior, Book One) by Max Oliver

Max Oliver has written a powerful, arresting story of life among the People, the Comanches.  Theirs is a harsh life among the plains, constantly at war with other Indian tribes, Anglos, Mexicans and Rangers.  At the heart of this story is the coming of age tale of a young Comanche brave named Little Boy.  He is the smaller, scrawny twin, who grows into a warrior and brings honor and pride to his tribe. 

Readers will be fascinated by the conflicting aspects of the Comanche life.  They are at one with nature, yet their ruthless treatment of captives will horrify some.

This book is at once authentic, graphic, captivating, and compelling.  LITTLE BOY is the first book in the Saga of a Comanche Warrior series to be released by Pearson Publishing Company.###

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Max Oliver was raised in comanche Country.  His grandmother was of the Comanche Tribe. He grew up in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, reading and learning from the Native Americans living in those areas.  Max says taht there is always an inner part of him that loves the ways of the People.  He is an avid reader of any work about the Native Americans.  He was influenced by many conversations with, books about, and first-hand accounts of the ways of living and warring among those who lived on the land before they were forced onto reservations by the European newcomers.


 Check out the MCCBD blog here

MCCBD MISSION: 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, 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. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

“MCCBD team hopes 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.”

MCCBD's CoHosts include:  Africa to America, All Done Monkey, The Educators’ Spin on It, Growing Book by Book, InCultural Parent, Kid World Citizen, Mama Smiles, Multicultural Kid Blogs and Sprout’s Bookshelf.

MCCBD’s  2015 Sponsors include: Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global Bookshop; Gold SponsorsSatya House,,   Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic Poof; Silver Sponsors: Junior Library GuildCapstone Publishing, Lee and Low Books,  The Omnibus Publishing; Bronze Sponsors:Double Dutch Dolls, Bliss Group Books, Snuggle with Picture Books Publishing,  Rainbow Books,   Author FeliciaCapers, Chronicle Books   Muslim Writers Publishing ,East West Discovery Press.

GIVEAWAY:  Platinum Sponsor Wisdom Tales Press is hosting a book giveaway on their website that anyone can enter. Winner will receive 6 Wisdom Tales Books of their choice.

THE TWITTER PARTY!  Join us for Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter Party on Jan 27th 9:00pm EST. Use hashtag: #ReadYourWorld to win 10 book packages! This Twitter Party is hosted by Co-Founders Mia Wenjen (@Pragmaticmom) and Valarie Budayr (@JumpIntoaBook1).

MCCBD now has its own! A is a free online newspaper that aggregates information on the topic of multicultural books for kids from all over the Internet. Please feel free subscribe and stay up-to-date with this topic.

First Book:  MCCBD is also partnering with First Book to offer a Virtual Book Drive that will help donate multicultural children’s books through their channels during the week of the event. We want to help get diversity books into the hands of kids who most need it and now we have a way to do it! The Virtual Book Drive is LIVE and can be found HERE.

Children’s Book Council: MCCBD is collaborating with Children’s Book Council to highlight wonderful diversity books and authors on an ongoing basis all year.

PINTEREST:  Multicultural Children’s Book Day has a Board on Pinterest and that can be found HERE.


Renee C. said…
What a wonderful recommendation for MCCBD! Thanks for sharing - I'm visiting from the linky list. :-) Renee @
Unknown said…
I've read this book and it is VERY good. Great for YA or advanced Middle readers.
Native NYer said…
Thank you for visiting and your comments. Happy Reading.