written by Norah Barrett Cooper, illustrated by Joelle Nelson
Disclosure: I received a free copy from Loving Lion Books, Sponsor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018
Love Family is a new diverse picture book from Loving Lion Books that can be customized to reflect the little reader’s family. Told from the perspective of a young girl, this warm story tells of her excitement and joy on family dinner night.
I can smell the food and fun that’s coming. It’s family dinner night. Aunts, uncles, cousins and grandmother are all coming over for a big meal.
After waiting patiently for the family’s arrival, the little girl enjoys playing with her cousins, from running races and jumping ropes to telling jokes and drawing silly pictures. When the uncle turns on music the children dance and twirl freely in the garden whilst dinner is being prepared inside by the adults.
The colourful and detailed watercolour illustrations ooze warmth and reflect the love that is present at this special family get-together perfectly.
Grandmother leaves first with kisses to all and leans in close to me. “Our family is love,” she whispers, and I nod and nod.
The fact that you can customize the skin colour and hair of the girl, her parents and her grandmother adds to the charm of this sweet book. Young readers will love seeing a family that resembles their own in the engaging illustrations.
On the last page of the book, children are invited to place a photo or a drawing of their own families.
Love Family is exactly the kind of multicultural children’s book that the world needs more of: every-day-life stories about children of colour just being themselves.
The book is suitable for ages 4 to 8. You can customize and order it from Loving Lion Books.
This review is part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th 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.
Current Sponsors: MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.
2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors
HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild
PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs
GOLD:Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies
SILVER:Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press
BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal Bowe, Gokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press
2018 Author Sponsors
Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina
Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo, Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and MFL Publishing Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham Author Natasha Yim
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.
Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta
Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/
Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.
What a fascinating way to personalize a book and universalize a message! Thanks for sharing this for MCBD! #readyourworld
Love Family looks terrific! I love the illustrations!
Thanks so much for sharing via the Multicultural Children’s Book Day linky and for being a co-host!!
I hope you can join us tonight at our Twitter Party from 9-10pm EST. We will be giving away hundreds of diverse children’s books in the form of 13 book bundles. One will be given away every six minutes.
The questions with the book prizes are posted here: https://www.pragmaticmom.com/2018/01/readyourworld-twitter-party-11-book-bundle-giveaway/
Colours of Us
Hi Mia, unfortunately, due to the different time zones, I wasn’t able to join the twitter party (9pm EST is 4am in South Africa). As if that wasn’t enough, my internet packed up halfway through Saturday and I wasn’t able to do any commenting. But catching up on that now and also reading through the twitter party posts. Looks like once again MCBD was a huge success. So happy to be part of this amazing event for the second year!