This unique book is a potpourri of re-told stories from several cultures on both sides of the Atlantic as they might have been known in 1492, the year Columbus set sail for India and found what is now known as the Americas.
Building positive identities and a respect for differences means weaving diversity into the fabric of children's everyday lives. Working with families is an important first step in helping children accept, understand, and value their rich and varied world.
In 1937 Guernica, Spain, twelve-year-old Ani is used to being invisible while helping her mother earn a living from selling sardines. Schoolmates call her the “sardine girl." Ani’s Basque father is off fighting in the Spanish Civil War.
Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. She is a former social studies teacher turned businesswoman whom runs a business with her husband that employs close to five hundred people. Her most favorite occupation has always been sitting in that big, cozy armchair next to a bed, reading a great story to someone she loves. Being with her grandchildren has awoken her spirit of the absurd as she goes on daily adventures with them to outer space, fashion shows under the sea, and of course, always back in time for dinner. Roman has two wonderful sons and hit the jackpot in the daughter-in-law department. Roman talks to us about her latest children’s book series that aims to introduce kids to cultures around the world.
Shana Burg is the author of A Thousand Never Evers (Random House, 2008) and Laugh with the Moon (Random House, 2012). Both novels are for tween, teen, and adult readers. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly wrote, “Gripping. Delivers an emotional wallop.” Kirkus Reviews calls Laugh with the Moon “A vivid work of art.”
Laugh with the Moon tells the story of a 13-year-old girl from Massachusetts whose father brings her to live in the bush in Malawi, Africa after the death of her mother.
The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
Mercedes Cecilia was born and raised in Peru. She studied Naturopathic methods of healing, Jin Shin Jyutsu. Mercedes Cecilia has won several awards for her paintings, her Art in Education programs and community events.
Can you share a little on your background and how you became a children’s book writer and illustrator?
Multicultural Children’s Literature that Teaches Global Awareness
Amy’s Travels tells the tale of a young Hispanic girl who has traveled the globe and lived internationally and teaches young readers a geography lesson about the seven continents. The reader will travel to each continent with the main character, young Amy, and take in the culture, climate, and animal life.
This engaging story is based on the true life experiences of the author’s friend, whose diverse and multicultural adventures provide an educational tool for young readers. Amy’s Travels motivates children to read and appreciate global awareness.