Monday, January 27, 2014

The Magic of "The Magic Poof"

 Wow! It's January 27th aka Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Celebrating Diversity in Children's Literature!  Are you jumping up and down, shaking all around, doing the Taylor Swift head bang?  You should be!  The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia here and Valarie here.

Our main sponsors for this event is Wisdom Tales PressLee & Low Books Chronicle Books, and Susan Daniel Fayad: Author of  My Grandfather’s Masbaha.   These inspiring ladies and sponsors have organized a wonderful book event with the goal of making readers more aware of some amazing books to add to your collection. 

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, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

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I am so excited to share The Magic Poof (author: Stephen Hodges; illustrator: T. Kyle Gentry) with you!  There are two wonderful characters front and center here: Ange-Marie "pronounced AAHHNGE-Marie" and the Poof.  You and your children will immediately love them both!  The Poof is not only Ange-Marie's hair, but her best friend.  He is inquisitive, happy, nutty and FLUFFY and wants nothing more than to be front and center for school picture day.  Ange-Marie loves her hairy friend dearly but wants to keep his "wild personality" a secret.  What happens next will warm your heart!

All children can relate to dealings with hair that "won't listen." This unlikely tale of friendship is a great teacher of individuality and diversity.  It will have children embracing their own features and characteristics as well as viewing everyone's differences as unique and awesomely one-of-a-kind…just like the Poof!

Click here to visit The Magic Poof!

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ABOUT BETH:Beth Panageotou is the creator of the Mission Read campaign, an organic grassroots literacy campaign stressing the “need to read!” She is also co-founder of Page’s Corner, and the Editor of the Library at Bonbon Break. She is an information junkie with an obsession with seashells from the Jersey shore, secretly wishes to be JB Fletcher and loves the constant chaos of life with her two daughters. Bucket list item: to be on Sesame Street.
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Full Disclosure: Xlibris provided a copy of The Magic Poof to review. All opinions expressed are my own.