Multicultural Children’s Book Day is one of my favorite days of the year. I love reading diverse books with my boys. Introducing them to other cultures through books is one of the best ways I know to encourage tolerance and acceptance. And tolerance and acceptance rock.
If you’re looking for good books to read for MCBD on January 27, I’ve got the goods. (You know I love ya.)
Make sure and check out the Story Times for If You Were Me and Lived in the American West, If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient Mali, and If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient China , but right now let’s have fun with 10 Gulab Jamuns.
10 Gulab Jamuns by Sandhya Arachya is a fun book that introduces both Indian food and math with energy and hilarity. This entertaining book will have your littles’ mouths watering while they’re both cringing and laughing at Adu and Idu’s antics.
This is not a simple counting book, my friends. It’s the story of 2 little boys who can’t keep their hands out of the proverbial cookie jar and the mama who understands them. Illustrated in warm, bright colors by Vanessa Alexandre, 10 Gulab Jamuns will make a vibrant addition to your picture book library.
And since I love it so much, I came up with some fun activities to go with it.
My favorite illustration in 10 Gulab Jamuns is a full-page spread with all the food Mamma has prepared for her guests. In the background is a traditional Indian door hanging that I totally swooned over. So I thought it might be fun for your kiddos to make one to hang in their own rooms.
Traditional Indian Door Hanging
What you need:
- Lit Mama’s Traditonal Indian Door Hanging template
- White card stock
- Grey, blue, green, and red markers
- 2 lengths of 18″ and 3 lengths of 14″ red and/or gold ribbon
- Red, green, blue, and gold glitter
- Craft glue
- Canning jar ring
- Exacto knife (optional)
What you do:
- Print out 3 copies of template on card stock
- Color elephants with markers as shown
- Add glue to green headdress
- Sprinkle on green glitter
- Shake off excess
- Repeat with blue and red glitter
- Make a small line of glue between each of the 6 blue circles
- Sprinkle with gold glitter
- Shake off excess
- Cut out elephants
- Use scissors or Exacto knife to cut straight lines on elephants’ backs
- For first elephant, run 1 14″ ribbon into bottom slit from the back
- Push back through top slit and slide elephant to near bottom of ribbon
- Repeat with a second elephant
- Thread two elephants onto the second 14″ ribbon
- In the same way, thread 4 elephants onto each of the 18″ ribbons
- Tie the 18″ ribbons onto the canning ring on opposite sides
- Tie the 14″ ribbons to the canning ring on opposite sides between 18″ ribbons
- Thread third 14″ ribbon under the ties of the other two and knot at the top to create a hanger
- Hang in a doorway
This sweet treat is even yummier than it sounds. The recipe is in the back of the book, too!
What you need:
For the dough:
- 1/2 cup powdered milk
- 1 Tbsp self-rising flour
- 1 Tbsp Bisquick biscuit mix
- Pinch of cardamom powder
- pinch of salt
- 2 Tbsp warm milk
- 1 tsp ghee
For the syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- one 3-4 inch cinnamon stick
- 4-5 cardamom pods
- 10-15 saffron threads
- 1 tsp rose water
- 1/2 tsp lime juice
What you do:
For the dough:
- In a small bowl, mix together the powdered milk, flour, Bisquick, cardamom powder, and salt
- Add warm milk and stir well to make a wet, sticky powder
- Stir in ghee (batter should be sticky but easy to shape into a ball
- Grease hands roll dough into teaspoon-sized balls making sure there are no cracks
- Drop dough balls into hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 6-8 minutes
- Remove to a bowl
For the syrup:
- In a small saucepan, heat water, sugar, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and saffron threads over low heat
- Once all the sugar is melted, boil for 5 minutes
- Add rose water and lime juice
- With a fork, remove cinnamon stick and cardamom pods
- Pour hot syrup over dough balls
- Set aside to soak 1 hour to overnight
Can you even with these activities? So. Much. Fun. Don’t forget to celebrate with us!
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.
Looking for more Story Time fun? Check out:
Latest posts by KT Brison (see all)
- Using Literature to Enliven Geography - April 26, 2018
- Little House on the Prairie Activities for Learning - April 24, 2018
- 4 Easy Ways to Include Literature in Your Homeschool - April 19, 2018