January 27 2017 will be the fourth Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Multicultural Children’s Book Day was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. This year we wanted to be part of the Book Day – because multicultural children’s books, that’s just us 🙂
After being paired up with Kar-Ben Publishing, a publisher with the mission to promote Jewish children’s books, we received our review copy: “Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup” by Pamela Meyer is the story of a granddaughter caught between her Jewish and Chinese roots.
When you read my reviews you know that we are not a religious family. So I was a little careful about a “religious” title. Having grown up in Germany I never learned much about Jewish culture – inexcusable, I know. That made me curious, partly because we are teaching our daughter about religion, even if we are not religious ourselves…
And, can you believe it?”Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup” is a multicultural children’s book just how I like it. Without any religious undertone, but providing information about different cultures and promoting diversity.
The story: Sophie is a girl with Jewish and Chinese heritage. Usually this is not a problem for her – until she gets caught in the middle of her Grandma’s chicken soup recipes. Grandma Ellie’s Jewish chicken soup is made with kreplach, small dumplings filled with ground meat, mashed potatoes or veggies. Grandma Nancy’s Chinese chicken soup calls for Wontons. While Grandma Ellie prefers carrots in her soup, Grandma Nancy likes bamboo shots. Sophie loves both kinds of chicken soup – and she knows just the way to show her Grandmas that the best of both worlds sometimes is the best.
We loved that “Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup” includes a recipe of chicken soup, kreplach and Wontons. A great idea for everyone who wants to pair an activity with this diverse book or is just craving a nice hot bowl of soup!
The illustrations by Deborah Melmon are full of expression with love to detail. Sophie as a Chinese-Jewish girl is a perfect fit, just like the chicken soup from both worlds!
All in all, “Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup” is a must-read for everyone interested in diverse literacy. It’s great for storytime at home and perfect for schools or preschools who want to teach their pupils about different culture and that there isn’t a “one and only” way to see or do things.
“Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup”
written by: Pamela Mayer
illustrated by: Deborah Melmon
About Multicultural Children’s Book Day:
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s 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.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.
Current Sponsors: MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books
Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin, Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson, Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O’Malley, Stacy McAnulty, Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang
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 work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.