Black History Month Begins

Hi everyone!

Hope this post finds you well. Ready for Black History Month? How will you celebrate? Will any of you hold special activities in the classroom?

February gives us a unique opportunity to rediscover some of the classics by our favorite African/African-American authors/illustrators, to savor the latest hits in bookstores, to be acquainted with new artists and authors, and most importantly to remember and ponder on our history, one filled with pain and joy, setbacks and milestones.

Speaking of books, I enjoyed the following article from The Washington Post, titled Three Children’s Books Recommended for Black History Month and written by Deb Lindsey.

Haitian Author Highlight @ Kristi’s Book Nook: Nicole Weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish. She is the author of a children’s trilingual picture book titled ” Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle.” Click here for the rest of the article. 🙂

In case you missed it, best-selling author Nikki Grimes, recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in poetry for children and of the Coretta Scott King Honor for her books Jazmin’s Notebook and Dark Sons, has a blog. She shares her thoughts on various topics, which includes of course her experiences as a writer as well as some of her poems. Have you checked it yet?

Now. The Brown Bookshelf is the place of excellence to celebrate Black History Month and children’s books, in my humble opinion. As stated on TBB website, “The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers. Our flagship initiative of is 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by African Americans.”
Today’s post features debut YA author Ebony Joy Wilkins, whose book Sell-Out was released in July 2010.

Stop by these wonderful blogs and share some love?



Announcements: Black History Month, POC Reading Challenge, and OTT Award or Where I Answer (very) Personal Questions


I have a few major announcements today. 🙂

As you know, Black History Month is about to kick off! One of the ways Multiculturalism Rocks! will celebrate will be by attending 28 Days Later, a month-long event organized by the Brown Bookshelf. 28 Days Later is a “showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by African Americans.” Every day one African American author or illustrator will be celebrated. You can also download a poster with all the featured writers and artists. 28 Days Later has been going strong for the past two years, and this year is not exception. It is going to be awesome! See you there starting February 1!

I’m also participating in the POC Reading Challenge, which is an invitation to read a certain amount of books (your pick number and time) this year, either by or featuring people of color from all cultures! How awesome is that? First it’s fun and highly motivating because you do it with dozens and dozens of others (the number keeps increasing). We read together, not necessarily the same books, and we discuss them, we write about them, share our enthusiasm. But the most important, from my point of view, is the unique possibility to learn about other cultures through children’s literature, to discover new authors and to hang out with already established ones.

The world of multicultural books doesn’t have geographical borders. Instead, it is generous in space, content and heart. And the POC Reading Challenge shows just that. For more information–to join us and for a myriad of book recommendations suited to all taste, visit the POC Reading Challenge Blog! 🙂

Another exciting news is Multiculturalism Rocks! interview with publisher Jason Low, of LEE & LOW BOOKS, which will be posted this Monday, February 1! Don’t miss it!

Oh, dear. This is where I get to share random facts about myself. Are you ready? 😀
Ari–Reading in Color, thank you for nominating Multiculturalism Rocks! as one of your choices for the Over the Top Award. This comes with responsibilities. I am asked to answer a questionnaire and to pass the torch.

Here are the rules for this award:
1.) Thank and post URL to the blog that gave the award.
2.) Pass the award along to 6 brilliantly over the top blogs (blogs you love!) Alert them so they know to receive the award.
3.) Copy and paste this quiz… Change the answers, ONE word only. (2 are acceptable.

The Q&A
1. Where is your cell phone? Sofa
2. Your hair? Extra short
3. Your mother? Thinking of me.
4. Your father? Smiling.
5. Your favorite food? Sa (African plum. It’s salty)
6. Your dream last night? Inspiring
7. Your favorite drink? Water
8. Your dream/goal? Peace
9. What room are you in? Living room.
10. Your hobby? Volleyball
11. Your fear? Fear?
2. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Happy
13. Where were you last night? Home.
14. Something that you aren’t? Perfect
15. Muffins? Blueberry
16. Wish list item? Books
17. Where did you grow up? All over
18. Last thing you did? Write
19. What are you wearing? Pants
20. Your TV? Singing
21. Your pets? Loved
22. Friends? = family
23. Your life? Busy
24. Your mood? Calm
25. Missing someone? Family
26. Vehicle? Bicycle
27. Something you’re not wearing? Gloves
28. Your favorite store? bookstore
29. Your favorite color? Blue
30. When was the last time you laughed? Yesterday
31. Last time you cried? Yesterday
32. Your best friend? Are also family
33. One place that I go to over and over? Campus
34. One person who emails me regularly? Facebook
35. Favorite place to eat? Mom’s kitchen

I’m giving the Over the Top Award to

* Shen’s Blog. I love publishers Shen’s Books concept and often scoop over to watch the one-minute multicultural minute videos! This week’s vlog features host Renee Ting, President of Shen’s Books, sharing her session with tutors on “How to Use Multicultural Books as a Spring Board for Writing with the Kids” *Guilty Pleasure*
* Tarie, for Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind (though she might have received it already): she lives in the Philippines and is the demonstration that books transcend borders; she rocks reviews & author/illustrator interviews!
* Latin Baby Book Club. It is the to-go place for recommendations of bilingual children’s books in Spanish & English.
* Karen, from Musings of a Novelista. Karen is a software geek by day (shh, don’t tell her I told you), and a children’s story writer the rest of the time.
* Jeannine, whose blog Write On offers information, inspiration and always makes me feel welcome!
* Author Paula Yoo’s Write Like You Mean It! The title alone provokes laughter and hints at the humor that reigns on her blog. If you can’t get enough of cat’s pictures, this is definitely a place to check! 😀

And that’s a wrap! I wish you a safe and good weekend, and moments of happiness with a good book! Have you checked Jerry Pinkney’s the Lion & the Mouse yet? *Tell me about it & join the party!*

Nathalie 🙂
Note: the MC Kid Lit Event Page has been updated.