Book Review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017

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No Limits: No Boundaries! My Journey Through the ABC’s. By Julian English & Natasha Moulton-Levy. NEO Press Inc. 2016. 36 pages. ISBN 9781944788568.

Despite being born 15 weeks premature with brain damage, having multiple health complications, and learning disabilities, Julian doesn’t let any of that stop himself from living a meaningful life and learning about the world through association. Written in first-person narrative and using bold print, multiple photo collages, colorful layers and contrasting backgrounds, this book is designed more like a personal scrapbook. Julian shares how he has learned the alphabet in his own way through travels and hands-on experiences around the world with his family. Each letter of the alphabet is linked to a different location. A description of the their visits are included with every page, along with Julian’s personal account of the experience. He also shares his personal challenges as well as his successful moments throughout the book. With help from his mother, No Limits: No Boundaries! My Journey Through the ABC’s chronicles how Julian takes on the world with curiosity, courage, and persistence. Julian’s story provides hope and inspiration for all children, especially special needs children, and proves that one can overcome life’s challenges with plenty of love and support and the will to keep thriving.

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is in its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. 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.

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 holiday, the MCBD Team is on a mission to change all of that.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey Press, Candlewick PressFathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

 

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett AbourayaVeronica AppletonSusan Bernardo, Kathleen BurkinshawDelores Connors, Maria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin Savannah HendricksStephen HodgesCarmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid ImaniGwen Jackson,  Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece MurphyMiranda PaulAnnette PimentelGreg RansomSandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

 

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.

MCBD Links to remember:

MCBD site: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/

Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents: http://bit.ly/1sZ5s8i

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