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.

Let’s The Party Begin: The Lion & The Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney!

Hello, everyone! 🙂

I’m very excited to write this post, because today marks the beginning of something special: MR celebration party of the ALA Youth Media Winners!

As written in Multiculturalism Rocks! brief introduction, the blog celebrates multicultural books and the people who make it happen. Any award won by a multicultural book is therefore a cause of great joy! MR will celebrate all the winners one book at the time, throughout the year. So stop by anytime, you never know if you’ll stumble upon a party!

And without further ado, let’s open the celebration with a version of an Aesop Tale, winner of the Caldecott Medal (most distinguished American picture book for children):

THE LION & THE MOUSE, by award wining author and illustrator Jerry Pinkney.

Here is a review by Elizabeth Bird, available on the School Library Journal website.

Click here for an interview of Jerry Pinkney with Sally Lodge, of Publishers Weekly.

In some countries, like in Cameroon–Africa, a party generally lasts days (yep, you read well. Days of dancing, and singing, and eating together and being happy). Guess what we’re going to do here? 😀

When does the party start?

7 days, until Feb. 1 included.

What can I bring?
Your happy self! 🙂

How do we proceed?
It’s simple. Have you read the book? Share your favorite moments, i.e. the joy it brought, the questions it raised…In summary, let us know why you like it! If you haven’t yet, check it as soon as possible in local bookstore or library! 🙂

Ready? You get to make a difference in a child’s life, especially in a child in crisis. For every 5 comments left on this Celebration page, a new copy of the Lion & the Mouse will be donated to a literacy program for children. Only one entry per person will be taken into account. All the copies will go to the same organization.

The Recipients
The books will be donated to the Multicultural Writers Guild, Inc (MWG), for inner city schools in the South Bronx, in New York. Here’s a statement from MWG’s website:

“Multicultural Writers Guild, Incorporated (MWG, Inc.) was founded in 2001. MWG, Inc. is a literary arts & entertainment organization whose primary focus is to promote literacy among economically disadvantaged communities.”

In addition, Multiculturalism Rocks! will make a donation to Libraries Without Borders, a non-profit helping build libraries, and already established schools and libraries in New Orleans, Haiti, and in developing nations affected by natural disasters. The organization is currently focused on helping not only the victims in Haiti, but on making sure that Haiti cultural legacy makes it through the tragedy that hit the island. Please visit their website:

You already know this, but I’ll say it nevertheless: every time you comment on a blog focused on books about POC (people of color), you make a difference. You do not only encourage the blogger, but most importantly you show your support to writers of color and their work, and to all authors who feature POC in their art or writing. So be vocal. Visit the sites listed in the blog roll. Your comments matter and make a difference. 🙂

I’m looking for an acronym for this event. CAWMCB–Celebration of Award Winning Multi-Cultural Books doesn’t seem right, does it? In addition to following the above guidelines, the reader coming up with the best acronym will receive a ‘surprise’ copy of one of Mr. Pinkney’s books! The acronym will be used to create a banner for Multiculturalism Rocks! celebrations event.

Now, let’s the party begin! Check the Lion and the Mouse at your local bookstore or library if you haven’t read it yet, and come back to comment!:D

Have a wonderful week,

Note: Libraries Without Borders was found thanks to the ALA’s page on books donation programs.
Updated 01/27/2010 to add info about the Recipients.

Update 02/13/2010: 3 books have been donated to Libraries Without Borders. To read more about the outcome of the celebration, click here! 🙂