Multicultural Children's Book Day Celebration 2015!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Read Your World

January 27, 2015

Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.

 Children’s reading and play advocates Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom teamed up in late 2013 to create an ambitious (and much needed) national event. This dynamic duo is hosting yet another Multicultural Children’s Book Day as a way of celebrating diversity in children’s books.

As a part of the celebration Kristi's Book Nook is giving away a copy of Zapato Power. For a chance to win be sure to follow, share this wonderful event and leave a comment with your name and email. Offer expires 1/31/15.

Title: Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Stomps the Snow
Author: Jacqueline Jules
Illustrations: Miguel Benitez
Publisher:  Albert Whitman & Company
ISBN:  9780807594872

Wouldn’t it be cool to have a pair of shoes that let you zip around and do amazing things, just like a superhero? Freddie Ramos does know because he has Zapato Power.
Freddie is a very special kid. Mr. Vaslov, an inventor, knew it. He had given Freddie a very special pair of shoes to test. With the press of a button on his Zapato Power wristband, Freddie’s shoes let out a puff of smoke and he can woosh and bounce as high as a basketball and he could run faster than a train. Freddie liked to use his shoes for hero stuff but today it started to snow. So much so, school was closed in preparation of the big storm heading their way. It was predicted there would be at least two feet.

Freddie tried out his Zapato Power on the way home. The snow flew up around him and almost made him invisible. Not only that, the snow evaporated with each step he took. The next day the town had been snowed in. Mr. Vaslov gave Freddie some special snow shoes to go with his Zapato Power. Freddie cleared sidewalks and pathways for his neighbors. When Freddie discovered that building D residents had to be moved to the school because they had no heat he knew his help would be needed. He used his Zappato Power to clear pathways at the school so supplies could be brought in for the families.  But, there was another problem. A thief had infiltrated the school and stolen some purses. It will be up to Freddie to find out who. He will have to use more than his Zappato Power to become the hero he know he is.

Author Jacqueline Jules has created a fun series surrounding Freddie Ramos and his Zapato Power shoes. This is a great series for boys, but girls will love it to. The characters are realistic and children will love them and be able to relate to them. There is an easy to comprehend storyline with basic sentence structure for any reader to grasp. The black and white illustrations give readers a peek into each chapter. Parents and teachers will want to share this book as a read-a-long and further discussion. Zapato Power is a CYBILS award-winning series.

For a sneak peak at Zapato Power #5, please see my book trailer
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JACQUELINE JULES, author of Zapato Power,

Don't forget our hashtag for this event is #ReadYourWorld

We are hosting a Twitter party! Join us for Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter Party onJan 27th 9:00pm EST. Use hashtag: #ReadYourWorld to win 10 book packages. Use this info to share with your readers and to tweet it out!

If you have not done so, check out the MCCBD blog! Thanks to support from the Children's Book Council we are posting author interviews like crazy and are thrilled with the response. You can find the MCCBD blog here:

Platinum Sponsor Wisdom Tales Press is hosting a book giveaway on their website that anyone can enter. Winner will receive 6 Wisdom Tales Books of their choice. Here's a tweet: Book #giveaway at Wisdom Tales Press! Winner will receive 6 Wisdom Tales Books of their choice. #ReadYourWorld