Getting to be part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day is not only an honor for me, it’s a great way to find new books to bring to you.
And you know that’s my favorite thing ever.
So when I was offered the chance to get at PJ LaRue’s Mystic Princesses books, I dove right in.
There’s a pun there. You’ll get it later.
Powerful princesses that won’t make you cringe
The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool is an early chapter book that has just about all the things. Mythical gods. Creepy bad guys. Good friends. Caring siblings. Elemental princesses. Diverse characters. And age-appropriate action.
I mean, all the things.
Harmonie is stepping onto the subway with her brother, Eros, when the Children of Ares try to snatch her. Eros saves her and explains that she has a special gift. She helps people get along and makes them feel at peace, so the children of war want to hide her from the world to stop her interfering with their chaos.
To keep her protected, Eros sends her to live with the daughters of the elements: Breanna, daughter of Pele is the fire elemental. Catie, daughter of Iris, has air powers. Janna, daughter of Mother Nature, is the earth elemental. Coral, daughter of Neptune, has water powers.
In this first book in a series, the princesses spend the summer in Neptune’s palace with Harmonie. They learn their powers and practice them so they will be prepared when the Children of Ares show up. Not your average princesses, these girls are the kind of badass role models you want your daughters to have. Plus, they’re really good friends, and we all need those, don’t we?
What I really enjoyed about this book was that LaRue managed to pack in environmental messages, messages about bullying, and lots of fun little tidbits of knowledge without ever losing track of the story. And don’t be afraid that this book is just for girls. There’s plenty of boy action, too.
If you’re looking for an entertaining way to spend MCBD with your kiddos on January 27, I think you’ll all really enjoy The Mystic Princesses and The Whirlpool. Just be warned. You will probably end up being begged for the next book.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th 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 home 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 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.
2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors
PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs
BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal Bowe, Gokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press
2018 Author Sponsors
Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo, Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and MFL Publishing Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham Author Natasha Yim
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. View our CoHosts HERE.
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.
Join the conversation and win one of 12 5-book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/
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/
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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