Multicultural Children’s Book Day ~ Book Review of Maya's Blanket/La Manta de Maya #ReadYourWorld

The Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD) team’s mission 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.

For your information: The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia and Valarie here.
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Help spread the word on our  Classroom Reading Challenge. This very special offering from MCCBD offers teachers and classrooms the chance to (very easily) earn a free hardcover multicultural children's book for their classroom library. These books are not only donated by the Junior Library Guild, but they are pre-screened and approved by them as well. 

What we could really use some help with is spreading the word to your teacher/librarian/classroom connections so we can get them involved in this program. There is no cost to teachers and classrooms and we've made the whole process as simple as possible. 

You can help by tweeting the below info: ​ Teachers! Earn a FREE #Multicultural Kids Book for Your Classroom! #teachers, #books #teacherlife

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My daughter and I had the opportunity to review Maya's Blanket/La Manta de Maya by Monica Brown

About  Maya's Blanket/La Manta de Maya

Little Maya has a special blanket that Grandma stitched with her own two hands. As Maya grows, her blanket becomes worn and frayed, so with Grandma's help, Maya makes it into a dress. Over time the dress is made into a skirt, a shawl, a scarf, a hair ribbon, and finally, a bookmark. Each item has special, magical, meaning for Maya; it animates her adventures, protects her, or helps her in some way. But when Maya loses her bookmark, she preserves her memories by creating a book about her adventures and love of these items. When Maya grows up, she shares her book-Maya's Blanket/La manta de Maya-with her own little daughter while snuggled under her own special blanket. 

Inspired by the traditional Yiddish folk song "Hob Ikh Mir a Mantl" ("I Had a Little Coat"), this delightful story puts a child—focused, Latino spin on the tale of an item that is made into smaller and smaller items. Maya's Blanket/La manta de Maya charmingly brings to life this celebration creativity, recycling, and enduring family love.

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Our Review:  

My daughter was really excited to read this book as she also has a favorite blanket that she has had since she was a baby. She liked that when Maya's blanket was starting to fray they made it into a dress, then a skirt, a shawl, scarf, a hair ribbon, and a book mark. The story was a lot of fun with a magic blanket. My daughter found the words hard to pronounce but enjoyed learning a new language. We tried out best to read Spanish words in the book. 

My daughter gives this book a 3.5 stars out of 5. 

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


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