December 2009 Archives

The Multicultural Minute #16: Christmas Stories

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Christmas means different things to everyone, and the spirit of the holiday can take on special meaning when you're far away from home. In this episode, I talk about four Christmas stories about families from four different cultures.

Books mentioned in this episode:
The Christmas Gift by Francisco Jimenez, illustrated by Claire B. Cotts
Tree of Cranes by Allen Say
Yoon and the Christmas Mitten by Helen Recorvits, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
Peiling and the Chicken-Fried Christmas by Pauline Chen

The Multicultural Minute #15: Holidays Around the World


Books mentioned in this episode:
Celebrate Hanukkah (begins December 11, 2009)
Celebrate Christmas (December 25, 2009)
Celebrate Kwanzaa (December 26, 2009)
Celebrate Valentine's Day (February 14, 2010)
Celebrate Chinese New Year (February 14, 2010)
Celebrate Passover (begins March 30, 2010)
Celebrate Easter (April 4, 2010)
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (May 5, 2010)
Celebrate Independence Day (U.S.: July 4, 2010)
Celebrate Ramadan (begins August 11, 2010)
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Rosh Hashanah: begins September 9, 2010; Yom Kippur: Setpember 18, 2010)
Celebrate Diwali (October 5, 2010)
Celebrate Halloween (October 31, 2010)
Celebrate Thanksgiving (November 25, 2010)

The Multicultural Minute #14: Mitali Perkins

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The most exciting thing about the California School Library Conference a few weeks ago (other than the library cart drill team competition) was that I finally got to meet Mitali Perkins, author of many multicultural books for young readers and tireless supporter of the genre. Here she is, answering the big question: why?

Books by Mitali Perkins:
Secret Keeper
Monsoon Summer
Rickshaw Girl
First Daughter: White House Rules
First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover
The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen

Links to check out:
Mitali's Fire Escape

Dec. 5, 2009: Dorina Lazo Gilmore at Petunia's Place

Join us for a fun Christmas event at Petunia's Place bookstore, including signings by local authors. This is a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping for all the little people on your list.

Dorina Lazo Gilmore (CORA COOKS PANCIT) will be signing from 11:00am until 1:00pm. Other authors, including Margarita Engle (THE POET SLAVE OF CUBA) and Doug Hansen (MOTHER GOOSE IN CALIFORNIA), will be signing books as well.

If you are outside the Fresno area, Dorina is offering signed copies of her book at a discount of $15 plus shipping. Delight a little person with this colorful children's book.

Dorina Lazo Gilmore at Petunia's Place
Saturday, December 5, 2009
11:00am - 1:00pm
2017 W Bullard Ave. Fresno, CA 93711

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Renee Ting is the President and Publisher of Shen's Books. She is the author of The Prince's Diary and the blog, Renee's Book of the Day.

Emily Jiang is a writer of children's and YA literature. She also blogs at TLeaf Readings.

Shen’s Books is a publisher of multicultural children’s literature that emphasizes cultural diversity and tolerance, with a focus on introducing children to the cultures of Asia.

Through books, we can share a world a stories, building greater understanding and tolerance within our increasingly diverse communities as well as throughout our continuously shrinking globe.


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