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Read around the world this summer with great books recommended by the bloggers of Multicultural Kid Blogs (and friends!)
Most readers of Jump Into a Book are already aware of the need for greater diversity in children’s literature. It’s one of the reason we all support the incredible Multicultural Children’s Book Day.
This summer, the members of Multicultural Kid Blogs decided we wanted to do our part to help raise awareness about the wonderful multicultural books that are currently available. And so we initiated our Read Around the World Summer Reading Series, which runs from June through August.
Summer is a great time to help expand children’s horizons by supplementing the regular school curriculum with fun learning activities you may not have time for during the hustle and bustle of the school year. Reading together is such a fun way to connect and explore with your child – the original “virtual” travel!
The books shared in this series are also a fantastic resource if you have the chance to visit another country or interact with people from a different culture. Reading ahead of time can help prepare your child for your trip and deepen their understanding of (and empathy with) the other culture.
If you are an educator, we hope you discover some new books to add to your curriculum! As discussed in this insightful article from educator Homa Sabet Tavangar, turning your classroom into a global classroom is easier than you think. One easy – but important – way this can be done is to include a global perspective in your lessons. Sharing a relevant story from another culture is an easy way to do this!
Throughout the summer we will be sharing great books for the entire family: Mondays are for ages 5 and under, Wednesdays for children ages 6-10, and Fridays for tweens, teens, and adults. We’ll have some additional days sprinkled in between, so can fit in even more great reads for you!
Each participating blogger creates a “snapshot” review (demonstrated below) that will allow readers to quickly discover the title, author, original language, and country/culture represented by the book, in addition to a brief summary. These snapshots are often linked to more detailed reviews on the individual blogs.
Here is a sample “snapshot” review I did to kick off the series, with a review of Hello, Bali by Giselle Shardlow:
These snapshots are then shared by all participants through social media, to help spread the word about these wonderful books.
All posts will be shared on our Read Around the World Summer Reading Pinterest board, so be sure to follow! You can also join the discussion on our Facebook page and G+ community.
Where will your reading take you this summer?
Leanna is a stay at home mother to a sweet, funny, rambunctious four year old boy and his adorable, smiley baby brother. She draws inspiration from the Writings of the Bahá’í Faith and tries to raise her Monkeys in a fun, spiritual, loving environment. She and her husband, who is from Costa Rica, are raising their boys to be bilingual and bicultural but more importantly to be “world citizens.” Her blog All Done Monkey is dedicated to sharing this journey with you!