Multicultural Children’s Book Day Review! Ana and Andrew: A Day at the Museum

January 9, 2020

 

*I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. 

 

A new early chapter book series, written by Christine A. Platt and illustrated by Sharon Sordo, features siblings Ana and Andrew, as they travel with their family to learn about African American history. 

 

This is a fabulous book- a perfect mix of learning important history and having a fun, exciting time doing it. Available in both English and Spanish. 

 

 

Ana And Andrew live in Washington, DC with their parents, but have family in Savannah, Georgia and Trinidad, so there are always exciting places to visit to learn about African-American culture. In the first book of the series, A Day at the Museum, Ana and Andrew visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture with their grandmother. They learn about civil rights leaders and other influential African Americans. Other books in the series discuss the history of Carnival and the first Black church in America.

 

 

Platt is a believer in the power of storytelling as a tool for social change. Her award winning debut novel,The Truth About Awiti, is currently used in high schools, colleges and universities to teach the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. 

She is also working on another series, Sheroes: Real Wonder Women, which teaches young readers about extraordinary women, including Harriet Tubman, Joan of Arc, Cleopatra, and Sacagawea.  Her website is  www.christineaplatt.com 

 

 

The illustrations are delightful and also realistic when needed. To see more of Sordo’s artistic work, please visit   www.sharonsordo.com 

 

 

The books are published by ABDO Books, a leading educational publisher. Editor-in-Chief Paul Abdo said, “Series for young readers that not only highlight African American history, but also present that information from a child’s perspective are rare. We wanted to address that gap in a library’s collection.”

 

Read an extensive interview with the author here:

Local Children's Author Christine Platt Chats About Having 13 Books Publishing in 2020

and exploring history and culture through the eyes of children.

https://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/arts/books/article/21097522/christine-platt-has-13-childrens-books-coming-out-next-year

 

 

 

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 

 

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board!

 

Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book Council, The Junior Library Guild, TheConsciousKid.org.

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat Babies, Candlewick Press, Chickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcito, KidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing Group, Plum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone Publishing, Carole P. Roman, Author Charlotte Riggle, Huda Essa, The Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge Publishing, Judy Dodge Cummings, Author Gwen Jackson, Kitaab World, Language Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ Languages, Lee & Low Books, Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, Redfin, Author Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s Daughter, TimTimTom Books, Lin Thomas, Sleeping Bear Press/Dow Phumiruk, Vivian Kirkfield,

 

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

Honorary: Julie Flett, Mehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet Balletta, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Josh Funk, Chitra Soundar, One Globe Kids – Friendship Stories, Sociosights Press and Almost a Minyan, Karen Leggett, Author Eugenia Chu, CultureGroove Books, Phelicia Lang and Me On The Page, L.L. Walters, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Hayley Barrett, Sonia Panigrah, Author Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing Dreidels, Author Susan Bernardo, Milind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu Kid, Tara Williams, Veronica Appleton, Author Crystal Bowe, Dr. Claudia May, Author/Illustrator Aram Kim, Author Sandra L. Richards, Erin Dealey, Author Sanya Whittaker Gragg, Author Elsa Takaoka, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo, Anita Badhwar, Author Sylvia Liu, Feyi Fay Adventures, Author Ann Morris, Author Jacqueline Jules, CeCe & Roxy Books, Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, LEUYEN PHAM, Padma Venkatraman, Patricia Newman and Lightswitch Learning, Shoumi Sen, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci Sorell, Shereen Rahming, Blythe Stanfel, Christina Matula, Julie Rubini, Paula Chase, Erin Twamley, Afsaneh Moradian, Lori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls Revolution, Soulful Sydney, Queen Girls Publications, LLC

 

 

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty Arab, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Biracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Descendant of Poseidon Reads, Educators Spin on it,  Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin Lee, Jump Into a Book, Imagination Soup,Jenny Ward’s Class, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Raising Race Conscious Children, Shoumi Sen, Spanish Playground

 

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party. GO HERE for more details.

 

FREE RESOURCES From MCBD

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

 

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