This was an excellent bilingual book to review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day: DLee’s Snow Day! This book was provided to me by Author Diana Lee for an unbiased review. DLee’s Snow Day explores the main character DLee’s first encounter with snow! DLee is a young girl who is amazed at what she sees. She wonders what she can do with the snow? Can she bring it inside? And with that…DLee and her older brother, Angel set off to learn about the wonders of snow!
The book is written in English and Spanish. Children can choose to read the book in both languages. With short, simple sentences, children are able to make connections between reading the same lines in English and in Spanish. Children who speak in Spanish can have their own language validated and represented in this story. In addition, this book is beneficial to all children as they gain exposure to another language. I read this book to my three and a half year old daughter, and since she is learning Spanish in school she enjoyed hearing some of the terms being reinforced. (On a side note: she also giggled at times because she was not use to reading books in Spanish, which speaks volumes to the need for more bilingual books!)
Because the book is based on the author’s experiences growing up in a Latin family, children are exposed to collectivistic values. DLee does not go off to explore the snow on her own. She explores the snow with her brother, Angel. Spending time with siblings is very important for families that come from a collectivistic background. The siblings jump, laugh, and create lasting memories with one another. My daughter’s favorite part in this story was when DLee and her brother have a snowball fight!
This is a good resource for PreK- 1st grade classrooms. This book could easily be incorporated into a unit on “Seasons.” With this book, children can explore what snow is, what it looks like, what is appropriate to wear on a snowy day and what types of activities families can do in the snow!
About the Author: The author Diana Lee has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and has seven years of teaching experience. For more information please visit: www.dleesworld.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 201.660.0851
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is in 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 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.
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 is 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, Delores Connors, 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
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MCBD Links to remember:
MCBD site: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta
Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/
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