Learning to Get Along: Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 Review

Multicultural Children's Book Day

For Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018, Michael, age 9, received “Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters” from Capstone Publishing. He immediately ripped open the box, read Squishy Taylor, and declared he wanted to go to the bookstore to get the rest in the series.

In Squishy Taylor, the main character, Squishy, who has dark skin, has just begun living with her two lighter-skinned stepsisters (aka bonus sisters). The kids, like many in stepfamilies, aren’t happy with the living situation at first. However, soon enough they begin working together to solve a mystery, and suddenly they’re getting along.
Multicultural Children's Book Day
For us, this first Squishy Taylor book was a metaphor for learning to get over differences by engaging in activities together. It was about learning to get along. We loved the cover art and the writing; we found the book to be very engaging. The stepfamily issues ring true and we like the term “bonus” sisters. Indeed, Squishy discovers that her stepsisters are a bonus in her life.

Certain characters and events stood out to Michael, and he tells you about them in this video. He provide some details of his own to flesh out the character of the dog:

After completing the first book, Michael soon got his hands on a few more, at which point he gave the series a 100-million-star rating. Learn more about why here:

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. View our 2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/2106-sponsors/mcbd2018-medallion-level-sponsors/
View our 2018 MCBD Author Sponsors here: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/2106-sponsors/2018-author-sponsors/

Multicultural Children's Book Day
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 Review

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: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/about/co-hosts/
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/
Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

Rumplepimple Goes to Jail: I Love All of It, Says Reader Leader Chief

Rumplepimple Goes to Jail, a dog book featuring two moms, dog Rumplepimple and Mr. Noodles, gets a very high rating from the 9-year-old chief of the Roving Reader Leaders. Watch Michael’s review here. Spoiler alert!

Earlier, Michael reviewed the first Rumplepimple book by Suzanne DeWitt Hall, giving it a 99-million-star rating. Watch his review here:

Michael loves kids’ dog books, and has reviewed many of them–including Good Dog Carl, Nate the Great, Scooby-Doo, and others. Be sure to follow us on twitter for more kids’ dog book reviews:
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Two Roving Reader Leaders Interview Author Nia Mya Reese, Age 8

Roving Reader Leaders Michael, age 9, and Lila, age 10, recently interviewed bestselling author Nia Mya Reese, age 8, about her first book, “How To Deal with And Care For Your Annoying Little Brother.” Lila, who has a little brother, and Michael, who is a little brother, asked questions based on their experience and even got to meet Nia Mya’s little brother!

Nia Mya’s book is very wise and sweet. Watch our Reader Leaders talk to her here:

Nia Mya explains how she got the idea for the book and her mother describes how the book sales took off.

This is the third author interview the Roving Reader Leaders have conducted. Recently, they interviewed Troy Cummings, author of the Notebook of Doom series.

When Michael was 6, he had the opportunity of conducting his first interview, with one of his favorite authors, Laurie Sutton, who writes Scooby-Doo books.

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Kids, Age 8-11, Interview a Favorite Author!

Interviewing a Favorite Author
Interviewing a Favorite Author
Interviewing a Favorite Author
Author Interview via Skype
Author Interview via Skype

Four Roving Reader Leaders, age 8-11, recently interviewed a favorite author via Skype, and we’re now preparing the video.

The photos should tell you just how excited our KidLit lovers were during the interview!

Stay tuned! Follow us at @BashAndLucy_ on Twitter for updates!

And be sure to check out our last author interview with Laurie S. Sutton:

Kidlit Lover, Age 8, Stays up ’til 1 am Enjoying “Teddy Mars” Book

KidLit Lover, Age 8, Reviews Teddy Mars

KidLit Lover Michael, age 8, chief of the Roving Reader Leaders, stayed up ’til 1 am finishing “Teddy Mars Book #1: Almost a World Record Breaker” by Molly B. Burnham. In this video review, conducted on a rope swing, Michael explains why he insisted on staying up ’til 1 and why he loves the book series. He describes his favorite characters and gives Molly B. Burnham a few tips.

Watch his review here:

 

In the Teddy Mars series, Burnham relates the adventures of Teddy Mars, a boy in a big family who wants to break a world record. A key character is Jake, the destructor, Teddy Mars’s brother.

Michael promises to review Book 2, which he recently finished.

Who are the Roving Reader Leaders? They’re kid book lovers who do video reviews of kidlit in all sorts of places–including on rope swings, as Michael does in this review. They’ve also reviewed books in a taxi, a gym, a library, a book store, and on a few playgrounds.

Want to follow the Roving Reader Leaders’ book reviews and author interviews? Subscribe to their KidLit News here: KidLit News

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Michael began doing book reviews at age 5 and appeared on the Today Show for his love of books and his video reviews. Watch him on the Today Show here: http://www.today.com/video/today/53985936

Questions? Email us at BashAndLucy@gmail.com

Roving Kidlit Reviewer, Age 8, Reviews this Series on a Ranch in Hawaii!

Michael, age 8, our roving Kidlit reviewer, reviews “Show and Tell” from Abby Klein’s “Double Trouble” series while visiting a ranch in Hawaii.

He makes a request of author Abby Klein, and gives the bad news about this series.

Watch Michael’s review here:

Why do our Roving Reader Leaders review children’s books in parks, bookstores, libraries, and on playgrounds and at ranches? First of all, because it’s fun. Second, when we’re out and about, kids often ask what we’re doing–and we can spread our enthusiasm for children’s books. Michael and friends have reviewed books in a number of states, including Montana, Connecticut, Oregon and New York. They’ve reviewed books on city streets, in taxis, and in ski lodges.

Want to follow the Roving Reader Leaders while they’re out and about reviewing books–and also interviewing authors? Follow our KidLit Newsletter here: http://www.rovingreaderleaders.com/kidlit-newsletter/

You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTAxMMmHyWWi_BftaLiFOCA

Email us with comments and suggestions at RovingReaderLeaders@gmail.com!

Which KidLit Books are Our Reader Leaders Excited About?

Kids' Dog Book Reviewers
KidLit Books
Some of Our KidLit Books Reviewers

Which KidLit Books are our Roving Reader Leaders excited about this summer?

Levko, age 8, and Lukyan, age 10, are visiting Switzerland for two months. They just got library cards and checked out some of the books in the “Wimpy Kid” series plus “Bad Kitty for President.”

Kerrigan, age 8, is reading the “Dragon Keepers” series and says the best book in that series is “How to Train Your Dragon.”

Wesley, age 10, is reading “Stick Dog Tries to Take the Donuts,” and his sister, Margot, age 8, just finished “Kiki:My Stylish Life.”

Michael, age 8, is reading the “Squish” and “Babymouse” graphic novels, plus the “Teddy Mars” and the “Galaxy Zack” series. He just finished a few of the books in the “Eeerie Elementary” series and is eagerly waiting for more “Rider Woofson” books to be published.

KidLit Review: Baby Mouse
KidLit Review: Baby Mouse

Our Recent Video Reviews

In case you missed it, our Roving Reader Leaders have done video reviews of some of the books above. Here they are:

Infinity-Star Book Reviews by Kids Age 6-13—Plus a Thank You

In our most recent review, Michael, age 8, reviews the detective dog series “Rider Woofson.” In the first of the two videos about this series, he provides an overview of the series and its characters. In the second video, he gives the first two books an infinity-star rating!

We were thrilled when Rider Woofson’s illustrator, Ben Whitehouse, sent us this thank-you illustration:

kidlit review
Thank you from illustrator Ben Whitehouse

Here’s Michael’s overview of “Rider Woofson:”

And here’s his infinity-star rating of “Rider Woofson:”

This summer, a few of our Reader Leaders are enthralled with the “Babymouse” series and can’t stop reading these graphic novels. Delilah gives you her review here:

We also recently reviewed “The Notebook of Doom” series. In this video, our chief KidLit reviewer makes a few requests of author Troy Cummings—including “Write more books!”

In response to Michael’s request, Mr. Cummings promised to write more books. He also made another promise…We’ll keep you posted about that one in future newsletters.

The Roving Reader Leaders also do KidLit author interviews, and are lining up some exciting ones. If you haven’t seen our interview with author Laurie Sutton, you might want to check it out on our YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTAxMMmHyWWi_BftaLiFOCA

You can get updates from us like this one by subscribing to our newsletter here: http://www.rovingreaderleaders.com/kidlit-newsletter/

KidLit Lover, Age 7, Gives Author Advice and Makes Request

KidLit Lover Makes Request of Troy Cummings

KidLit Lover Michael, age 7, gives author Troy Cummings some advices and makes an important request in this video.

Michael, who is chief of the Roving Reader Leaders, reviews “The Notebook of Doom” series in this video from his car seat and in a gym with his friend, Danielle.

Our chief gives the second book in the Notebook of Doom series, “Day of the Night Crawlers,” a 1-million-star out of a possible 1-million-stars rating, saying the book is funny and he loves the monsters.

Watch Michael’s review here:

 

When we tweeted the video to Troy Cummings, he said, “Whoa! I used to think 4-star reviews were terrific…but this critic gave me A MILLION STARS! Thanks, Michael!” He then accepted Michael’s challenge to write and illustrate more books and asked if 13 total was enough.

Of course, that’s not enough! Michael requested at least 35 more funny, wonderfully illustrated Troy Cummings books.

As chief of the Roving Reader Leaders, Michael reviews books in gyms, parks, taxis, museums and on city streets and playgrounds. Our aim is to get kids actively engaged in reading and analysis.

Follow the Roving Reader Leaders on YouTube: Roving Reader Leaders

Watch a TV interview about the Kidlit-loving group:Boy Shares Passion for Books By Creating Book Club

And if you have questions or comments, email us at RovingReaderLeaders@gmail.com!

KidLit Review: Why This 8-Yr-Old Loves “Babymouse”

KidLit Review: Baby Mouse

In this KidLit Review by Delilah, our newest Roving Reader Leader, we learn about “Babymouse,” a graphic novel series about Babymouse and her friends. The series features her buddy, Wilson, who always helps Babymouse, and Francine, who’s a bully. Delilah especially likes the daydream sequences, in which the narrator says funny things to Babymouse that nobody else can hear. Our kidlit reviewer says the best part of Babymouse is the number of books in the series!

Watch her video review here:

In the review we included a poll. We’d love for you to answer our questions! What do you think of Babymouse? Do you like graphic novels? And a few other questions: Do our video book reviews help you decide whether you want to read the book we’re reviewing? Are there issues we’re not covering? Do you like our book rating system (which is basically any number of stars the reviewer want to give a book).

Here’s an Amazon review of Babymouse that gives more detail:
“Meet Babymouse—Her dreams are big! Her imagination is wild! Her whiskers are ALWAYS a mess! In her mind, she’s Queen of the World! In real life…she’s not even Queen of the lunch table.”

If you’d like to learn more about the Roving Reader Leaders, check out this video:

Our book lovers also interview authors. Most recently, Michael, chief of the Roving Reader Leaders, interviewed one of his favorite authors, Laurie Sutton.

Here’s their interview:

He also interviewed Cynthia Bardes, author of the Pansy the Poodle book series. We’ve got a long list of authors our KidLit lovers want to interview, so stay tuned!

If you’ve got book lovers in your household, they’re welcome to join the team. We work with bookworms via Skype and in person. Email us at RovingReaderLeaders@gmail.com

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