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Talking to God: Prayers for Children from the World’s Religions #ReadYourWorld

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We are in full swing getting everything ready for Multicultural Children’s Book Day! It’s not far off now 🙂 (1/27/18)

Today I’m happy to share a beautiful new book by Demi from our long time friend and sponsor, Wisdom Tales Press.

Wisdom Tales

Award winning author Demi shares another beautifully illustrated book Talking to God,Prayers for Children from the World’s ReligionsThis book is a gift of timeless wisdom and discovery as we view and experience how the world prays. This book of short prayers, spanning the worlds religions, gives insight into a variety of ways of conversing with God. Through the grace of prayer we enter into a dialog with God.

Prayers for Children from the World’s Religions

How do Jews, Christians, and Muslims pray? What about Hindus and Buddhists, Taoists and Shintoists, Africans and American Indians? How do each of them pray ?

Taking readers on a global journey, Demi’s accompanying illustrations bring each passage of prayer to life. From St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice to King Solomon’s Temple and dome of the Rock in Jerusalem to the River Ganges in India; from the North American Plains to Central Africa, China and Japan. Demi transports us to each destination leaving us a complete experience of place and prayer.

Talking to God is a window into the world of time honored traditions, inviting readers to forge a loving relationship with their Creator.

This book as well as being exquisitely beautiful is the unfolding of a journey, it is simply an experience in and of itself.

Prayers for Children from the World’s Religions | More About Demi:

author Demi

We had the pleasure and honor to work with Demi last year when she designed the Multicultural Children’s Book Day poster for us. I’ve been a long time fan and it was a thrill to see her work dedicated to our heartfelt project.

Demi is the award-winning author of over 130 bestselling children’s books, including Light Another Candle: the Story and Meaning of Hanukkah, Make Noise, Make Merry: The Story and Meaning of Purim, Jesus, Mary, Saint Francis of Assisi, Muhammad, Rumi, The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna, Buddha, and The Legend of Lao Tau and the Tao Te Ching. Her titles have sold over half a million copies. The Empty Pot was selected by former First Lady Barbara Bush as one of the books to be read on the ABC Radio Network Program Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, sponsored by the Children’s Literacy Initiative. Demi’s book Gandhi was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. In addition, she represented the United States at the First International Children’s Book Conference in Beijing,China. She lives with her husband in Yarrow Point, WA.

Along with Talking to God, Wisdom Tales Press has a few new releases this year. We reviewed The Rock Maiden this past summer.

We are so thankful to our bronze sponsor Wisdom Tales for their continued support and for sending a copy of Talking to God for review. The opinion of the book is my own.

Now, let’s chat a bit about the online event that I co-founded with fellow mama, Mia Wenjen!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (1/27/18)

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild

PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs

GOLD:Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies

SILVER:Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press

BRONZE: Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press


2018 Author Sponsors

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo,  Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles,  Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports QueenAuthor Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim

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.

Visit the MCBD site:

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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