Friday 25 January 2019

Grandma's Favorite and Grandpa's Favorite Book Reviews

I am thrilled to be taking part in Multicultural Children's Book Day for the second year running! Multicultural Children's Book Day is a great initiative that aims to promote and celebrate diverse children's books as well as get more of these books into libraries and schools.

This year I have two great books to introduce you to; 'Grandma's Favourite' and 'Grandpa's Favourite' by Erin Dealey. Erin is an author from California who never expected to write books. She graduated with an English and Art degree and went on to become a high school theatre teacher before writing her first picture book, 'Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox'. She has written many other books since then and her latest two books are the ones I am going to tell you about.

Grandma's Favorite

From the US to Brazil, Scotland to Japan, there are so many ways for grandparents and grandchildren to have fun!

This book perfectly encaptures the wonder of the grandparent/grandchild relationship. It is written in lively rhyming text that captures children's attention and makes it interesting for adults to read aloud. I love books that rhyme and I never tire of reading them to my children.

Grandma's Favorite takes you on a journey across the globe, giving you a glimpse of the kinds of pastimes children share with their grandmother's in different cultures around the world. From dancing in Africa to cricket in India, there are a wide range of fun activities that children can partake in with their grandmothers.

Although countries are not named in the book, you can guess from the illustrations where each character is from. It is wonderful to see such a diverse range of characters in this children's picture book. This really makes the book unique and appeal to such a diverse audience. The beautiful illustrations depict warm family relationships, highlighting commonality as well as giving you a glimpse of each pastime.

Not only does this book showcase diverse cultures, it also breaks down gender stereotypes. For example, there is a grandmother who fixes cars. This is not often thought of as the type of job a female would do. 

Grandpa's Favorite

This is another wonderful book for children. Similarly to Grandma's Favorite, it has brilliant rhyming text and bright illustrations. It talks about all the fun things grandchildren can do with their grandfathers such as fruit picking and playing sports.

Again, the book shows diverse characters from different places around the world. At the end, both books touch on the fact that grandparents and grandchildren may live far apart but that doesn't diminish their love for each other. They can always stay in touch by video calls on a computer or phone. This really brings the book into the 21st century and gives it a very modern feel.

My children enjoyed both these books very much and could relate to them as we are a multicultural family and have family members abroad. They recognised some activities which they do with their grandparents and this led to some great discussions. The rhyming text and the beautiful illustrations make the books very appealing for children. It is wonderful to see books which foster global awareness. I would recommend these books to anyone who would like to add some fun and interesting multicultural children's books to their home library.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th 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 homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board!

*View our 2019 Medallion Sponsors here:
*View our 2019 MCBD Author Sponsors here:
Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book CouncilThe Junior Library

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone PublishingCarole P. RomanAuthor Charlotte RiggleHuda EssaThe Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge PublishingJudy Dodge CummingsAuthor Gwen JacksonKitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ LanguagesLee & Low BooksMiranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, RedfinAuthor Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s DaughterTimTimTom BooksLin ThomasSleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield,

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

Honorary: Julie FlettMehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet BallettaAuthor Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Josh FunkChitra SoundarOne Globe Kids – Friendship StoriesSociosights Press and Almost a MinyanKaren LeggettAuthor Eugenia ChuCultureGroove BooksPhelicia Lang and Me On The PageL.L. WaltersAuthor Sarah StevensonAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleHayley BarrettSonia PanigrahAuthor Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing DreidelsAuthor Susan BernardoMilind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu KidTara WilliamsVeronica AppletonAuthor Crystal BoweDr. Claudia MayAuthor/Illustrator Aram KimAuthor Sandra L. RichardsErin DealeyAuthor Sanya Whittaker GraggAuthor Elsa TakaokaEvelyn Sanchez-ToledoAnita BadhwarAuthor Sylvia LiuFeyi Fay AdventuresAuthor Ann MorrisAuthor Jacqueline JulesCeCe & Roxy BooksSandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceLEUYEN PHAMPadma VenkatramanPatricia Newman and Lightswitch LearningShoumi SenValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci SorellShereen RahmingBlythe StanfelChristina MatulaJulie RubiniPaula ChaseErin TwamleyAfsaneh MoradianLori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls RevolutionSoulful SydneyQueen Girls Publications, LLC

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.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual @McChildsBookDay Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party ( a prize every 5 minutes!). GO HERE for more details.

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers:
Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators:
Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

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