Children’s reading and play advocates Valarie Budayr from and Mia Wenjen from have teamed up to create an ambitious (and much needed) national event. On January 27th, Jump into a Book and Pragmatic Mom will be presenting yet another Multicultural Children’s Book Day as a way of celebrating diversity in children’s books.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day will include book reviews from noted bloggers all over the world, giveaways and book-related activities for young readers of all ages. The MCCBD team will also be partnering with to create a Virtual Book Drive for the event, and with The to offer readers quality resources along with fun and informative author visits.
MCCBD 2015 Sponsors include:
Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global Bookshop
Gold Sponsors: Satya House, MulticulturalKids.com, Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic Poof
Silver Sponsors: Junior Library Guild, Capstone Publishing, Lee and Low Books, The Omnibus Publishing
|Available on Amazon.com in both eBook and Hardcover versions|
I'm one of the bloggers priviledged to be part of the second MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S BOOK DAY and was asked to read and review JAPANESE CLEBRATIONS Cherry blossoms, Lanterns and Stars!, written and illustrated by Betty Reynolds, and published by Tuttle. All I can say is 'lucky me' because this gorgeous book is a breath of fresh air both in content and art work. An entire year of Japanese traditions and celebrations float across its pages beginning with O-Shogatsu, Japanese New Year, January 1st, and end with Kekkon-shiki, weddings which combine Shinto customs and modern-day culture.
| Playing cards and badmition are just some|
of the New Year's Day activities.
|Flying kites is a favorite pasttime |
in Japan especially on New Year's Day.
Having been a teacher for most of my professional career, I found this beautifully-designed and fact-filled book to provide a plethora of history, religion, rites, myth, song and dance that any educator of children, ages 7-12 would be excited to utilize when doing a concentrated study of Japan.Working together as a family would not only educate parents and children alike, but as an added bonus, develop a stronger familial bond, too. Perhaps it would inspire families to tour Japan to soak up the their culture firsthand. Every celebration comes replete with a sycinct overview of the specific holiday or event. Further included are the practices, symbols, special foods, and games particular to each day, identified first in the Japanese language, and then clarified very simply in English. Finally a colorful, whimsical illustration accompanies every explanation which rounds out our understanding perfectly. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words no matter the language in which facts as well as fiction are being told! I highly recommend JAPANESE CELEBRATIONS Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns, and Star! as a must read in 2015.
|Cherry Blossom Time, held in April, is truly a sight to behold!|
The landscape is colored pink and brings crowds of folks
from everywhere to enjoy the spectacular scenery.
|On the 8th of April Japan celebrates the birthday of Buddha. |
The children studying Buddhist classes take turns pouring sweet tea
over Buddha's head as a form of baptism.
Summer fun includes
and wearing sandals to keep cool.
|Grilling foods outdoors is done in Japan during|
the summer much like what we do in the U.S.
The only difference is the Japanese
prefer eel instead of hot dogs!
|Athlete Meets, held in September through October, include tug of war and ball competitions.|
|A traditional Japanese wedding ceremony|
|Baby's first food is a grain of rice.|
|Birthdays are celebrated in Japan|
in much the same way as in the U.S.
HOW TO MAKE A SAMURAI HELMET
from CHERRY BLOSSOMS, LANTERNS,AND STARS! page 29