One of our favorite things to do in out house is read! Owen is almost 5 now and can’t get enough. I love to seeing how it shapes his thinking and imagination as we discuss the books throughout the day. Each night we snuggle up with a good book and read together. This year I was chosen to be an ambassador for Multicultural Children’s Book Day.
The Multicultural Children’s Book Day team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. 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.
Readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians can follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via the hashtag #ReadYourWorld on Twitter and other social media. Multicultural Children’s Book Day has 12 amazing Co-Host and you can view them here.
As part of our participation in Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Owen and I were sent three books written by Marti Dumas: Jaden Toussaint, The Greatest Episode 1: The Quest For Screen Time, Jaden Toussaint, The Greatest Episode 2: The Ladek Invasion, and Jala and the Wolves.
Jaden Toussaint, The Greatest Episode 1: The Quest For Screen Time: Jaden is an intelligent 5 year old boy, who loves to conduct experiments, go on animal adventures and play Toranou cards. Jaden’s whole family loves to read but Jaden despises it. Jaden and his friends devise a plan convince the adults why he needs more screen-time. Their hard work and persistence pay off!
Jaden Toussaint, The Greatest Episode 2: The Ladek Invasion: In Episode 2 of the Jaden Toussaint series, Jaden needs to save the schoolyard from the Ladek invasion. Sure they look like ordinary caterpillars, but are they? Jaden and his group of friends save day the for the school and Ladek’s by working together to solve a big problem.
Jala and the Wolves: Jala is a very curios young girl. She spends her free time learning all there is to know about animals. Then on day a mysterious magic mirror appears in her room. After taking a peek into the mirror it transports her to a new world, where she is a wolf. She must use her knowledge of animals and nature to help save the pack. Is it real? Or is it all a dream?
We really enjoyed all three stories. Owen’s favorites were the two Jaden Toussaint books, as there was a character also named Owen! Jala and The Wolves was a little scary at some points for him, but nothing he couldn’t handle at his age. Overall these three stories from Marti Dumas were very good, taught age appropriate lessons and had things Owen could relate to (like trying to get more screen time!) If you are looking to expand your home library definitely look into these books.
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