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It’s always my honor to review all these awesome children books for the Multicultural Children’s Book Review. This time, I reviewed TWO books from Kitaab World. Are you ready to see what books we read?

I have a chance to review Room in Your Heart written by Kunzang Choden and illustrated by Pema Tshering (Click HERE to get your own), and
Bhimrao Ambedkar: The Boy Who Asked Why written by Sowmya Rajendran and illustrated by Satwik Gade (Click HERE to get your own).

* Disclosure: I was sent these items to review free of charge from Multicultural Children’s Book Day. All opinions in this post are my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.

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Room In Your Heart

About this Book

With the spirit of “there will always be room in your home, as long as there is room in your heart”, an old woman shows her selflessness by allowing different strangers to eat and stay in her simple tiny house.

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What I Love about this Book

“How much are we willing to give to others?” This question was in my mind when I read this book with my children. This children’s book shows us an old lady who owned very little in the beginning. As different strangers show up looking for a place to stay for the night, with a positive cheerful attitude she cleared some of her own things to makes space for each stranger.

I am living in a very small two room apartment with four kids, so my husband and I sleep in the living room. In this quite crowded situation, I can’t imagine having different strangers show up at my door and need to stay with us for the night. What? How can I spare more space for them if we don’t even have space for us?

Of course, this old lady doesn’t have little kids but she did have a cat, a dog, and a hen but other than that she was old and lived alone. I’m sure she needed help from time to time too. So I love how her example and kindness teaches us to be selfless.

Also, I love this quote from the book, ” there will always be room in your home, as long as there is room in your heart .” This is such a great life lesson. This book is heartwarming, simple, and has deep meaning.

The pictures are beautiful with a lovely style that is clean and simple, just like the story. The “note” at the end of the book is very helpful and gives great context on the culture and background of Bhutan. If you would want to open your children’s eye and take them to travel the world, but you can’t afford it? Just like me. Then, this book is perfect for you.

Bhimrao Ambedkar:  The Boy Who Asked Why

About this Book

This book follows the life of an extraordinary man from India, “Babasaheb” Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who struggled from being the “untouchable” and led the struggle against caste prejudice after he was educated. His courage and braveness inspired and changed the world.

What I Love about this Book

I have never heard about Bhimrao, so I was learning a lot along with my kids.

It is a perfect book to teach kids about history, human rights, heroes/leaders of the world, and how to care for our own community. And these topics are not always easy to teach, especially for the little ones, but this book has very cute images and simple wording that will allow this teaching happen.

The author includes different Bhimrao’s life experiences from childhood to adulthood that makes us think “why?”.

  • Why Bhimrao’s life was so unfair?
  • Why did castes exist in history?
  • Why do people form rules like that?
  • How should we look at and treat people?
  • Do people like that still exist in the world?
  • What can we do to help?

About Kitaabworld

Kitaabworld is an independent publishing house and an online bookstore to provide accessibility to South Asian children’s literature in the US and hopes to raise awareness about South Asian culture.

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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!
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Medallion Level Sponsors
Honorary: Children’s Book CouncilThe Junior Library GuildTheConsciousKid.org.

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media
GOLD: Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone PublishingCarole P. RomanAuthor Charlotte RiggleHuda EssaThe Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge PublishingJudy Dodge CummingsAuthor Gwen JacksonKitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ LanguagesLee & Low BooksMiranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, RedfinAuthor Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s DaughterTimTimTom BooksLin ThomasSleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield,

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

Honorary: Julie FlettMehrdokht Amini, Author Janet BallettaAuthor Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Josh FunkChitra SoundarOne Globe Kids – Friendship StoriesSociosights Press and Almost a MinyanKaren LeggettAuthor Eugenia ChuCultureGroove BooksPhelicia Lang and Me On The PageL.L. WaltersAuthor Sarah StevensonAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleHayley BarrettSonia PanigrahAuthor Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing DreidelsAuthor Susan BernardoMilind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu KidTara WilliamsVeronica AppletonAuthor Crystal BoweDr. Claudia MayAuthor/Illustrator Aram KimAuthor Sandra L. RichardsErin DealeyAuthor Sanya Whittaker GraggAuthor Elsa TakaokaEvelyn Sanchez-ToledoAnita BadhwarAuthor Sylvia LiuFeyi Fay AdventuresAuthor Ann MorrisAuthor Jacqueline JulesCeCe & Roxy BooksSandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceLEUYEN PHAMPadma VenkatramanPatricia Newman and Lightswitch LearningShoumi SenValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci SorellShereen RahmingBlythe StanfelChristina MatulaJulie RubiniPaula ChaseErin TwamleyAfsaneh MoradianLori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls RevolutionSoulful SydneyQueen 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. View our CoHosts HERE.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty ArabAgatha Rodi BooksAll Done MonkeyBarefoot MommyBiracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms ShareColours of UsDiscovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Descendant of Poseidon ReadsEducators Spin on it Growing Book by BookHere Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin LeeJump Into a BookImagination Soup,Jenny Ward’s ClassKid World CitizenKristi’s Book NookThe LogonautsMama SmilesMiss Panda ChineseMulticultural Kid BlogsRaising Race Conscious ChildrenShoumi SenSpanish 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/

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