Multicultural Children's Book Day! The Magic Poof

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I am so thrilled to be participating in Multicultural Children's Book Day and highlighting The Magic Poof by Stephen Hodges!  There has been a growing voice in children's literature demanding more  diversity to better reflect our world.  Multicultural Children's Book Day is just one small part of the response to that call!

Mission of 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. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their 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. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

“MCCBD team hopes to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.”

The coolest thing, in my opinion, is that there is a book drive to go along with this amazing day!  And what's more fun than getting great books in the hands of kids?!  The Virtual Book Drive is LIVE and can be found HERE.

The Magic Poof
by Stephen Hodges
illustrated by Kyle Gentry
published by Xlibris

The Blurb

Seven year old AngeMarie has always felt different. Who wouldn't when your best friend is literally attached to you? The Poof is a great ball of curly hair that sits directly on top of AngeMarie's head. His magical and playful nature always seems to produce mischief and adventure. In book one of The Magic Poof series, AngeMarie must decide what to wear for school picture day. But The Poof also wants to look good for picture day! How does AngeMarie look her best and keep her enchanted and hairy friend a secret? In the end, both The Poof and AngeMarie find that compromise is the key in any friendship.

My Two Cents

Oh, friends, if ever there was a girl who understands AngeMarie, it is this big haired Texas girl.  That wild hair of hers has a mind of its own and I happen to know a little something about that!  The meta-theme here, though, isn't really her crazy hair, it's friendship.  Friendship allows for compromise. Friendship allows for tenderness.  And Friendship wants everyone to look fabulous in their school picture!

The Book Trailer

Multicultural Children’s Book Day has a Board on Pinterest and that can be found HERE.

Thanks to these amazing sponsors who are making this possible!

1.     Wisdom TalesPress::  2.     Daybreak Press::Najiyah::

1.     Satya House::  2.  3.     Author Stephen Hodges::

1.     Lee and Low Books  2. The Omnibus Publishing.

1.     Rainbow Books::  2.     Author Felicia Capers::  3.     Chronicle Books
4.     Bliss Group Books  5.      Muslim Writers Publishing

Author Sponsors include:
Beautiful Rainbow World by Suzee Ramirez
Lulu and the Very Big Meanies by Mac McGooshie, illustrated by Alexis Hogwood 
1.     Rainbow Books::
2.     Author Felicia Capers::
3.     Chronicle Books
4.     Bliss Group Books
5.      Muslim Writers Publishing

Author Sponsors include:
Beautiful Rainbow World by Suzee Ramirez
Lulu and the Very Big Meanies by Mac McGooshie, illustrated by Alexis Hogwood
Real Street Kidz Multicultural Children’s Book Series by Quentin Holmes

Our CoHosts: We have NINE amazing Co-Host. You can view them here.
Africa to America  All Done Monkey  The Educators’ Spin on It
Growing Book by Book  InCultural Parent  Kid World Citizen
Mama Smiles  Multicultural Kid Blogs  Sprout’s Bookshelf

First BookWe’re also partnering with First Book to offer a Virtual Book Drive that will help donate multicultural children’s books through their channels during the week of the event. We want to help get diversity books into the hands of kids who most need it and now we have a way to do it! The Virtual Book Drive is LIVE and can be found HERE.

Children’s Book Council:
MCCBD is collaborating with Children’s Book Council to highlight wonderful diversity books and authors on an ongoing basis all year.

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