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Weekend Links: Fantastical Reading Finds

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My word of the week is “fantastical”… 🙂 Not sure why….maybe because it sounds like a Willy Wonka-type word! The official definition of “fantastic” is: conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination. That exactly how I feel about my Weekend Links picks this week. Enjoy!

Minds in Bloom: 6 Ways to Teach Kids about the World -a guest post from the wonderful Becky Morales of KidWorldCitizen.

global citizens

The Children Shall Lead Us: Top 7 Children’s Books on Leadership for Social Justice
via @blackvoices

leadership books for kids

4 Early Chapter Book Giveaway! #ScholasticBranches  via @PragmaticMom

Schloastic Branches

Excellent Nonfiction Books To Get Kids Reading  via @imagination soup

Design a Skyscraper

13 Children’s Books that Encourage Kids to Love Black Hair  via @ForHarriet

multicultural childrens book

Fantastical News

There are so many exciting things in the works right now. If you missed it, we recently did a special post on becoming an Author Sponsor for MCCBD 2016 AND we announced the opening of our Review Blogger Sign-up for MCCBD 2016 as well. Pass the word on both please!

MCCBD Author Sponsorship

But another thing we are tickled about is the fact that we have two powerhouse multicultural children’s book publishers joining us as Platinum Sponsors for 2016. Wisdom Tales Press is joining us for a 3rd year and newcomer Story Quest Books will be a crowd pleaser too.

Capstone Young Readers and Lee and Low and have stepped forward and filled out two of our Silver Sponsorship spots and we have quite a few awesome Author Sponsors as well so please take a peek. There are many Sponsorship opportunities still available (one Platinum left along with Gold, Silver and Bronze) so if you know of an author or publisher who would like to be part of the growing event, have them check out our Sponsorship Level page ASAP. The Early Bird Sale on the top three levels of Sponsorship ends 10/31/15.

Final Fantastical Thoughts: Here are a few of my “Fantastic” blog posts from the past!

The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna by Demi: In this elegant read, we ventured into the world and land of India, the God Krishna, and Hinduism in the book The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna by author/illustrator Demi.


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore harkens back to the days of silent films with the grander of those first technicolor movie classics such as the Wizard of Oz. Each page as a hidden piece of magic embedded to be discovered by those who journey through this soon to be classic.  Something may look familiar to you during your time with this app and that is because of the brilliant work done by William Joyce.

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Your Fantastic Elastic Brain is more than just an ebook for children, parents and educators…The app goes above and beyond the concept of a children’s book in digital format. Embedded lesson plans offer activities designed to build an understanding of neuroanatomy, the brain’s primary functions, and how to stretch and shape the brain to its full potential. I have a sneaking suspicion we could all use a refresher course in brain function, so parents and teachers might find this feature interesting as well… Go forth, young parents, and download.” ~ Leslie Rasimas, Appy Awards

Have a Fantastic week!