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Are You Thankful for Book Friends ?

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Hello friends and for those friends in the United States wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Last week I had the great pleasure of meeting one of my favorite book friends, Mia Wengen from Pragmatic Mom. Mia and I have communicated via our blogs for a very long time now and then last year we started a book celebration called Multi-Cultural Children’s Book Day together. We did all of these things virtually. We had never met in person until last week in Boston and the National Convention of Social Studies teachers. What a great gathering it was. We were there to share the great news of Multicultural Children’s Book Day with social studies teachers and like minded Expo individuals. It we a fast paced weekend but oh we had so much fun.

Here’s a very tiny look at our time together sharing tour love of being global multicultural citizens.. I’m just giving you a little sneak peak. You’ll get to see the rest a bit later.  Don’t you just love surprises ? I know I do.

Mia and I were the guests of our Platinum Sponsor Wisdom World Press. You’ve seen me review many of their books right here on Jump into a Book. They’re a multicultural children’s book publisher who invites readers to discover and explore their world. Their books are simply gorgeous !!! We had many fun filled days with owner Joseph Fitzgerald, Mary-Kathryne Steele, Steven Williams, and author Alexis York Lombard. Wisdom Tales Press works tirelessly to make sure children have multicultural choices in their book selections.

Wisdom World Press


Just down the row from us were a group of very happy people from Heifer International. Heifer International empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but their approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Their animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.
When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.

They have a great program called Read to Feed. Read to Feed is a reading incentive service-learning program that offers global education opportunities and will foster in children a love for reading, a passion to help others and a motivation to help create a better world. One of my favorites is One Hen which will be reviewed here shortly.

heifer val mia

Another group who Mia and I immediately made fast friends with is an organization called H2O for Life. H20 for Life connects schools in the United States with schools in developing countries to complete WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) in Schools projects. H2O for Life educates, engages and inspires youth to learn, take action and become global citizens. They provide students with a unique and valuable learning experience through service-learning opportunities focused on the global water crisis.

I’ll be highlighting a booklist all around water issues in developing countries for them as well as celebrating World Water Day with them in 2015. We enjoyed our time with Lori and Amy. We found kindred spirits in our search to bring awareness to being a global citizen and sharing that with our children.

val, amy, mia


Let’s not forget that Mia and I are celebrating once again Multicultural Children’s Book Day  on January 27th 2015. This year we have 110+ bloggers. 10 co-hosts, and incredible line up of sponsors as well as collaborating with The Children’s Book Council and our fundraiser with First Books. It’s an exciting time.


I’m so thankful for each and every one of you who comes by to visit.  I’m thankful that I live in a world where I get to read often and am so inspired to jump into the books I read. Wishing all of you many things to be thankful for today and always. Happy Thanksgiving !!!




1 thought on “Are You Thankful for Book Friends ?

  1. WOW to you and Mia, Valarie! Thank you for sharing this bright spot in the world. There’s SO much here to celebrate and be thankful for 🙂

    Happy & Safe Thanksgiving to you 😀

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