Posted in Meet the authors

Meet the author: Sherri Duskey Rinker

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Author website/social media:
SherriRinker.com
Twitter: SherriRinker
Facebook: SherriDuskeyRinkerAuthor/
Instagram: SherriRinker

When you were my age, did you like to read? I loved reading (!), but, I also watched WAY too much television. If I could go back, I’d make my mother take me to the library more often.
– What was your favorite story? When I was around your age, I had a favorite series: the All-Of-A-Kind Family books by Sydney Taylor. I also loved A Cricket in Times Square and ANYTHING by Judy Blume. I think I may have also started reading The Hobbit series around that time, too.

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My brother loves your books. How do you get your ideas?  My ideas come from all sorts of places but, mostly, my sons are my inspiration. The things they love and the things about which they’re passionate (like trucks and trains!) become my passions.

– Is it hard to write a book?  Often, it’s VERY hard. Once in a while, it’s easier — and when that happens, it feels like getting an awesome present!
– Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated? I owe SO MUCH to Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site because it started my career as an author, and I absolutely LOVE my job. Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton has a special place in my heart, though, because it allowed me to pay tribute to an amazing, talented woman whom I love and admire so greatly. Getting that book published was a dream-come-true.

– Do you visit a lot of schools since you are a “big” kidlit author? Do kids recognize you? I have visited SO MANY schools. Being with students and talking about books and reading is one of my favorite things in the world! Usually, before I visit a school, the school has made posters and flyers with my picture on them — so, sometimes the kids recognize me from that. But, otherwise, I don’t get recognized. I don’t think most authors have that problem, and I’m very glad about that. I wouldn’t want to be known wherever I go — especially when I’m having a bad hair day!

– What author do you really like right now? There are so many authors that I think are totally AMAZING: Katherine Applegate, Kate DiCamillo, Gordon Korman, JK Rowling, Kwame Alexander, Jason Reynolds, and I think that Beverly Cleary is always fun to read — just to name a few!

– What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? Read everything — and write, write, write!

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Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Paw Patrol: Rescue Time

Review by Annoying Little Brother

Review Book provided by Media Masters Publicity

I really like Paw Patrol and was excited to review this book. It comes with a projector watch that puts images from the book on the wall. The watch is more fun than the book. It is kind of hard to read the book and project images at the same time.

You can use the watch to tell your own story of the Paw Patrol Adventure.

This is not a book a new reader would read solo. I need help with the written parts. The font is small and there are a lot of words on the pages! But with a grownup I could do it.

I think kids who like Paw Patrol would like this book and especially the watch.

Posted in Book Review

She Found Fossils

Written and edited by: Maria Eugenia Leone Gold and Abagael Rosemary West

Illustrated by: Amy J Gardiner

My uncle sent me this book to review. He knows I like books about girls who do amazing things. This was a good book for him to send.

This book is about women paleontologist aka women who find fossils. Each page is about a different woman starting with the first known woman paleontologist, Mary Anning. It goes to modern paleontologist and how they work. It is kind of cool to think I could meet one of these woman.

I have held actual fossils and Dino poop at Cranbrook Institute of Science. It would be super cool to meet a person who finds these items.

I like that it features all women and they tell about their life. I am sure it was not easy for them so it is cool to see them doing what they love. I like that they are short stories about each person. The book has a lot of women but gives enough introduction to each that could decide to read more on them.

I would like to see this book at schools so kids can learn more about paleontology and not think girls can’t do it. Why not have the books only feature girls? A lot of books make girls question if they can do it. Why not make them say “of course I can”!

Thanks, Uncle Jay!

Posted in Ask the Librarian

Ask the librarian: Laura Geiken

Dearborn Public Library http://dearbornlibrary.org/

What kind of librarian are you? I am the Teen Librarian for the Library.

How long have you been a librarian? I have officially been a librarian for a little over a year, but I have a worked in public and academic libraries since 2005.

What lead you to wanting to be a librarian? I started out as a page in college and that experience led me to see how important public libraries are to society, especially in lower-income communities. Books and databases are important aspects of libraries, but we also provide computer access, Wi-Fi, a safe (and warm) space, entertainment, free fun and educational programs, storytimes, etc. If you cannot afford books, a computer, preschool for your children, or internet access to apply for a job, you have very limited options. Public libraries allow everyone to access these services that would otherwise be limited to only wealthy populations. As I heard Cory Doctorow say last year, libraries are one of the last places where you don’t have to get out your wallet just to be there.

How do you pick books for your library? I read tons of book reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, etc. I’m more likely to buy books with positive reviews, but that’s not the only thing I keep in mind. I also try to keep up with trends and what my population enjoys. I’ve been asked a lot for horror books in the last year, so I always keep my eye out for new horror or scary titles. Lastly, but most importantly, I want the teen collection to reflect readers and offer them glimpses into other people’s lives (the windows and mirrors concept). When reading reviews, I look for books with diverse characters and storylines. I want to add to our collection stories that have not yet been heard before.

Do you have a favorite author? Impossible question to answer! I am currently obsessed with Angie Thomas and Erika L. Sanchez. I cannot recommend I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Sanchez enough! I have also had a life-long love affair with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I believe One Hundred Years of Solitude is the perfect novel. Oh, and I am totally suffering from Ferrante Fever. I love the Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante. What character development!

How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid? My last supervisor was great at reader’s advisory and she would often ask people what was the last book they read that they really enjoyed. I’ve started to do this as well and I find it’s really helpful. Once they think of a book, if I am familiar with the genre, I’ll recommend some new, similar titles they might like. If I’m unsure of the title or genre, I’ll use the Novelist database to find similar books or authors. I also work with some really great children’s librarians, so I rely a lot on my coworkers to suggest titles as well.

Posted in Book Review

42 is not just a number

By Doreen Rappaport

Tomorrow is MultiCultural Children’s Book Day. I participated as a reviewer last and had fun, so I am doing it again. I was provided a copy of “42 is not just a number” to review.

This book is about Jackie Robinson. If you somehow don’t know who he is, you should read the book. Ok, he was the first black Major League Baseball player. 42 was his uniform number. This book tells his life story so covers stuff most people didn’t know. Like I just knew he was a baseball player, I didn’t know he had been in the military.

It is a good book full of a lot of information. This book would be good for someone who wanted to know a lot about a baseball player. I am not much of a sports person so it was a little much for me, but I gave the book to my school library because I know a classmate will love it.

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ 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.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild

PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs

GOLD:Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies

SILVER:Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press

2018 Author Sponsors

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo,  Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles,  Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen,  Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim

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 works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.

Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/

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

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

Posted in Meet the authors

Meet the author: Asia Citro

Author website/social media: http://www.asiacitro.com, facebook.com/funathomewithkids, twitter.com/asiacitroauthor, instagram.com/funathomewithkids

Tell me a little about yourself: I am a mom to two hilarious kids – aged 5 and 8. I used to teach 7th, 9th, and 10th graders science, but now I stay home with my kids and write books about science instead!

When you were my age, did you like to read? I LOVED to read. So much so that my parents had a hard time getting me to do anything else!

What was your favorite story? Oooh, that’s a tough one — I don’t think I could pick just one. Some of my favorites were (and still are!) Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Freckle Juice, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.

How do you get your ideas? Why a girl and a cat? Zoey and Sassafras is sort of a combination of me when I was little and my daughter (who is now 8). We both love helping animals, doing science experiments, and we both have hilarious and clever cats. I wrote about a dragon in the first book because dragons are my daughter’s favorite animal.

Is it hard to write/illustrate a book?I think it is pretty hard! I love thinking of the stories, but having to sit down and write them is tough. I have a hard time getting my brain to focus and my body to sit still, so it takes a lot of self-discipline for me to get through that part. I also spend a fair bit of time working with my editors after I’ve finished a draft of a story, so it’s kind of a long process. As far as drawing — I leave all the illustrating to Marion Lindsay!

Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated? Oh that’s a tough question. I think my favorite activity book is my second — The Curious Kid’s Science Book — because it’s all about science, which I love! But…I don’t think I can pick a favorite book in the Zoey and Sassafras series. I like thinking about all the different magical creatures equally!

What author do you really like right now? The two authors I most admire are Sharon Creech and Katherine Applegate. They are so immensely talented and their books are so moving.

Do you have any new or lesser known authors you would suggest? A new author my daughter and I have been enjoying is Nicholas Gannon. His series The Doldrums was super fun to read together.

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author?Read a LOT. Write a LOT. Imagine a LOT.

As an author, do you hear from your readers? What do you like about that? I do! And I think it’s probably my favorite part of writing. It’s really fun to see what characters or storylines kids connect with and it influences my writing moving forward with the series. For instance, I had heard from lots of readers that they were hoping I’d write about a unicorn — so book 6, which I am currently writing, features…. you guessed it! A unicorn!

Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Annoying Little Brother

Hello Goodbye Dog

By Maria Gianferrari

Pictures by Patrice Barton

Review by Annoying Little Brother

Book received to review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day

This is a good book about a kid in a wheelchair and the dog comes to school everyday and they make the dog leave. The dog goes to therapy school and becomes a therapy dog. Now the dog can go to class and not leave. The dog listens to kids read.

Kids in wheelchairs will enjoy this book and kids with crutches. Kids who want to know more about therapy dogs will like this book.

I learned about therapy dogs. They are cool. It is neat that a dog could help you out like that.

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ 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.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild

PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs

GOLD:Audrey Press,Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies

SILVER:Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press

2018 Author Sponsors

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo,  Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles,  Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing,Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari,Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul,Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKidsAuthor Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen,  Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. SwiftAuthor Elsa Takaoka,Author Christine Taylor-Butler,Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim

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 works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.

Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/

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

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/