I am so happy to be participating in Multicultural Children’s Book Day!
Enough of Frankie Already! is a children’s anti-bullying book written by Felicia Capers and illustrated by Christopher Fabor Muhammad. The main character, Amir is ready to explode! He is so angry because of the way an older boy at school named Frankie treats him and his classmates. He chases them, threatens them, hurts them, and destroys their things. And all the while he seems to enjoy it! Finally the children get together and confront Frankie. Turns out Frankie is also being bullied. Luckily the art teacher steps in and with his help, Amir and his friends know what just what to do!
I read this book with my first and third graders and it helped to start a thoughtful conversation about bullying (there is also a discussion guide included at the end). Luckily neither of my children have experienced full-on bullying but we did talk about a couple not-so-nice experiences they had. One time a girl told my daughter she liked her glasses then a boy in her class told her that this girl compliments kids then says mean things about them. Actually I was more bothered by this story than my daughter was. Thankfully nothing more came of it. The biggest thing I came away with as a parent from reading this book and having this discussion was how bullying can go undetected in plain sight, in supervised situations, which is why it is so important for kids to know what to do (like help a friend and tell a teacher).
Both the story and illustrations were highly relatable to my elementary school aged kids therefore I definitely recommend this book to other parents and teachers to help begin a discussion about bullying.
Kindness Coloring Page
I also created a coloring page to encourage kindness. Print the following PDF: being kind is fun, color the block letters, then draw an example of how you show kindness to others. Being mean can be contagious but luckily so is being kind!
And now for the Giveaway! One lucky Doodles and Jots reader will receive a copy of ENOUGH OF FRANKLY ALREADY (US only please). Enter with Rafflecopter…
Learn more about FRANKIE THE BULLY, author Felicia Capers, illustrator Christopher Fabor Muhammad, and Posh Publishing here. Then come on back tomorrow to read my first ever guest post by Felicia Capers. Read all about her writing process! I guarantee you will be both inspired and entertained!
Multicultural Picture Book Day
Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.
Mission: 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.”
MCCBD’s 2015 Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global Bookshop, Gold Sponsors: Satya House, MulticulturalKids.com, Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic Poof, Silver Sponsors: Junior Library Guild, Capstone Publishing, Lee and Low Books, The Omnibus Publishing, Bronze Sponsors: Double Dutch Dolls, Bliss Group Books, Author Richa Jha, Rainbow Books, Author FeliciaCapers, Chronicle Books, Muslim Writers Publishing, East West Discovery Press.
We’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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Join us for Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party on Jan 27th 9:00 pm EST. Use hashtag #ReadYourWorld to win 10 book packages! This Twitter Party is hosted by Co-Founders Mia Wenjen (@Pragmaticmom) and Valarie Budayr (@JumpIntoaBook1). You can review the Twitter Party Prizes on the MCCBD blog here.