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As you know Jump Into a Book along with Pragmatic Mom has been busily working on our upcoming national event Multicultural Children’s Book Day. 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. We want to change that. Our 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.
To achieve this, on January 27th, Jump into a Book and Pragmatic Mom will be organizing and presenting this first-ever event to celebrate diversity in children’s literature. We have several wonderful sponsors (Wisdom Tales Press, Chronicle Books and LEE and Low Books) along with generous publishers and authors who have all agreed to donate books to be reviewed in honor of this event. One of our cherished sponsors is author Susan Daniel Fayad. Here’s a little info to help you get to know her better.
Welcome author Susan Daniel Fayad!
Susan is the author of My Grandfathers Mashbaha, a book written to highlight Lebanese culture while emphasizing a universal theme of appreciation and counting your blessings.
Getting to Know Susan
Susan Daniel Fayad is a Lebanese American, who grew up in the U. S and later on studied and worked in Lebanon. Her background in the education field as a teacher, work with NGOs and as a state department sponsored educational adviser led her to learn much about the region and its people and traditions. Her greatest labour of love, her children, deepened her interest in preserving her roots. Summer vacations often include a trip back to Lebanon to connect with family and friends. Susan lives in Richmond, Virginia with her family.
My Grandfather’s Masbaha was written as a tribute to her father to honor him in the eyes of her children.
Description of book: One summer day at his grandparents’ home in Lebanon, Adam gets upset after his friends leave after a play date. His grandfather (Jidoo Yousef) helps him realize how much he has. By using the masbaha (a string of beads) he learns how to count his blessings.
Available in print copy, e-book and app.
Why do you think reading to our kids is so important?
Reading is a great outlet for children. It introduces them to new characters and worlds. And it is a great way for parents and children to bond.
What has been one of the biggest successes of 2013 for your company/business/book?
My book, “My Grandfather’s Masbaha” was published. That was a dream come true because it was a tribute to my late father. What better way to remember him then with his signature masbaha that he carried around with him.
What would you like readers to know about your company/business/book?
“My Grandfather’s Masbaha” is a story that I wanted to tell about my late father and son to spotlight a nuance in Lebanese culture while emphasizing a universal value of appreciation. The response that the book has brought from various audiences as well as my son’s apprehension about his Lebanese identity has stirred in me a need to publish more books of this nature. When I initially published this book, my son was very excited. When he saw that I was sharing this with different audiences and read the book at school, he was hesitant. He didn’t think anyone would be interested in it because “It’s Arabi.”
This reaction has led me to realize the importance of multicultural books such as this. Children of different cultures need to identify themselves in stories so they feel that they belong. I hope this book will be the start of many more to come.
What attracted you to the Multicultural Children’s Book Day event?
What a great way to highlight multicultural children’s stories. This a day that is much-needed. International organizations such as the Clinton Global Initiative and First Books have seen the need to promote multicultural children’s book and this a day that can be a national platform for this genre.
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