Thursday, January 21, 2016

Learning About Ancient China Through Books and Activities #ReadYourWorld


The Multicultural Children's Book Day is an amazing initiative whose mission is to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children's literature. There is nothing better than reading a book about a kid who is just like you. I'm a big believer in the fact that every kid should be able to see themselves in a book.

As part of the Multicultural Children's Book Day, we were able to whisk ourselves back to ancient China. It was a fun and fascinating journey.

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I'm very grateful to have been introduced to Icy Smith through the MCCBD team. We were sent a copy of the Mystery of the Giant Masks of Sanxingdui, written by Icy Smith and illustrated by Gayle Garner Roski. It was a beautiful book that we greatly enjoyed.

In 1968, construction workers found an amazing discovery. Two pits full of over a thousand artifacts, containing bronze, jade, gold, and elephant tusks. This Sanxingdui site is considered one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in China. Who buried these? Why? What happened to the ancient Sanxingdui culture? Icy Smith tells the story of what she thinks may have happened through the eyes of a young girl Min and her older brother Wei.

The story was fascinating and quite approachable to my 1st and 3rd grade daughters. We enjoyed this glimpse into ancient China and we were happy to see it through the eyes of a young girl. We learned a lot and are eager to read more books from Icy Smith.


Extend the fun with some activities:



The Multicultural Children's Book Day team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media



"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."


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 and Valarie here.

Thank you to all the sponsors of the Multicultural Children's Book Day:

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors! #ReadYourWorld


Also, thank you to the hosts:

All Done Monkey, Crafty Moms ShareEducators Spin on itGrowing Book by BookImagination SoupI’m Not the NannyInCultural Parent Kid World CitizenMama SmilesMulticultural Kid BlogsSpanish Playground



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1 comment:

  1. This looks like a great book! My son is adopted from China and we are always looking for ways to connect and learn about his heritage culture:).

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