I am Farmer: MCCBD 2019 Review

I am Farmer: MCCBD 2019 Review

I AM FARMER: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon

by Baptiste and Miranda Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

I am honoured today to take part in the 6th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day as a book reviewer. It is my 5th time reviewing a book for this event and every year I am encouraged by the growth and by all the passionate, diverse authors who are beginning to fill our shelves with a wide array of stories. If you are interested in my past reviews, I will leave links at the bottom of the page but for now on to this year’s book. Pick up a PDF Book KWL Chart as well to use with this book or any others.

I am Farmer: Growing an Environment Movement in Cameroon by Baptiste and Miranda Paul is a non-fiction title that introduces readers to a number of different topics, including clean water issues in Cameroon, how one person can make a difference in the lives of others, and sustainable farming. The book details the rise of the environmental gardener, Farmer Tantoh, from mocked child to a respected, inspiring environmental leader in Cameroon. When Farmer Tantoh became sick with typhoid fever from unclean drinking water, it led him to learn how to access and collect clean drinking water for villages in Cameroon which resulted in him saving many lives. He positively changes the lives of many people and has even set up a non-profit organization, Save Your Future Association, to collect supplies and money to help other villages access clean water.

The illustrations of the book help bring his story to life and show the contrast between the dry/drought of Cameroon and the beauty and bounty that are possible there. The writing is clever in phrases such as:

When he begins school, Tantoh drinks up facts and figures faster than his teacher can pour them onto the chalkboard. His hand shoots up like a cornstalk.

Imagery created here matches his passion.

Throughout the story, the reader learns of proverbs that Farmer Tantoh used to motivate himself and those around him. One example is:

When you don’t have what you want, use what you have.

When the resources were limited, as he did not have access to tractors, irrigation systems, or motorized tillers to bring clean water to the village, he used the resources he did have, the people of the village to help him. This quote below from Farmer Tantoh encourages all of us to do simple things to improve our world.

The book would fit nicely as a resource for any classroom looking at topics such as:

  • clean water issues
  • environmental impacts of local gardening and farming
  • the power of 1 individual to bring about positive change for many
  • following one’s dreams and passions
  • proverbs

This book is to be released in February of 2019 published by Millbrook Press, a division of Lerner Publishing Group.

I hope you have enjoyed this review and I encourage you to check out all of the information below about Multicultural Children’s Book Day.  There are so many new titles to discover!

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th 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 homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents, and educators.

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board

Medallion Level Sponsors Honorary: Children’s Book Council, The Junior Library Guild, TheConsciousKid.org. Super Platinum: Make A Way Media GOLD: Bharat Babies, Candlewick Press, Chickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcito, KidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing Group, Plum Street Press, SILVER: Capstone Publishing, Carole P. Roman, Author Charlotte Riggle, Huda Essa, The Pack-n-Go Girls, BRONZE: Charlesbridge Publishing, Judy Dodge Cummings, Author Gwen Jackson, Kitaab World, Language Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ Languages, Lee & Low Books, Miranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, Redfin, Author Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s Daughter, TimTimTom Books, Lin Thomas, Sleeping Bear Press/Dow Phumiruk, Vivian Kirkfield,

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

Honorary: Julie Flett, Mehrdokht Amini, Author Janet Balletta, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Josh Funk, Chitra Soundar, One Globe Kids – Friendship Stories, Sociosights Press and Almost a Minyan, Karen Leggett, Author Eugenia Chu, CultureGroove Books, Phelicia Lang and Me On The Page, L.L. Walters, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Hayley Barrett, Sonia Panigrah, Author Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing Dreidels, Author Susan Bernardo, Milind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu Kid, Tara Williams, Veronica Appleton, Author Crystal Bowe, Dr. Claudia May, Author/Illustrator Aram Kim, Author Sandra L. Richards, Erin Dealey, Author Sanya Whittaker Gragg, Author Elsa Takaoka, Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo, Anita Badhwar, Author Sylvia Liu, Feyi Fay Adventures, Author Ann Morris, Author Jacqueline Jules, CeCe & Roxy Books, Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, LEUYEN PHAM, Padma Venkatraman, Patricia Newman and Lightswitch Learning, Shoumi Sen, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci Sorell, Shereen Rahming, Blythe Stanfel, Christina Matula, Julie Rubini, Paula Chase, Erin Twamley, Afsaneh Moradian, Claudia SchwamLori DeMonia, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls Revolution, Soulful Sydney, Queen Girls Publications, LLC 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. Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts A Crafty Arab, Agatha Rodi Books, All Done Monkey, Barefoot Mommy, Biracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms Share, Colours of Us, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Descendant of Poseidon Reads, Educators Spin on it,  Growing Book by Book, Here Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin Lee, Jump Into a Book, Imagination Soup, Jenny Ward’s Class, Kid World Citizen, Kristi’s Book Nook, The Logonauts, Mama Smiles, Miss Panda Chinese, Multicultural Kid Blogs, Raising Race Conscious Children, Shoumi Sen, Spanish Playground

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MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party. GO HERE for more details.

We will be giving away Book Bundles every 5 minutes!

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When: Friday, January 25th

Time: 9 pm to 10 pm EST

Where: On Twitter! Follow McChildsBookDay to participate

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Bonnie Dani

Bonnie Dani

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Selah’s Painted Dream Book Blog Tour

Selah’s Painted Dream Book Blog Tour

SELAH’S PAINTED DREAM BOOK BLOG TOUR

I am happy to post today as a part of the BeachBoundBooks Blog Tour for the children’s novel written by Susan Count, Selah’s Painted Dream. The tour will run from May 7 – May 29, 2018. Read on to discover more about this children’s novel, read an excerpt and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway at the end of the post. 

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Title: Selah’s Painted Dream (Dream Horse Adventures, Book 3) | Author: Susan Count | Publisher: Hastings Creation Group | Publication Date: May 7, 2018 | Genre: Children’s Novel | Number of Pages: 174
Description: Thirteen-year-old Selah’s life is about as perfect as it gets. She has horsy friends at school, and on weekends, she rides her black mare on Grandpa’s farm. Training the horse to do upper-level liberty work is what makes her heart beat.

But one word can ruin a perfect life—moving.

A move would separate her from her horse, so she plots to get her name on the farm mailbox instead. She’s sure she could persuade Grandpa—except he’s overly distracted by a sheep-loving neighbor.

Determined not to let Grandpa’s new sweetheart take her place in his heart, Selah puts her hope in a painted dream horse from Grandpa’s past. When she snugs up the girth and buckles on her spurs, Selah rides to win.

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READ AN EXCERPT FROM THE NOVEL FROM SELAH’S PAINTED DREAM BY SUSAN COUNT

Selah elbowed the farm kitchen screen door open balancing her orange juice and bag of donuts. She set the glass on the table between the two porch chairs and dipped into the bag. 

“If your mother knew you had donuts for breakfast every Saturday morning, she would put a stop to it.” 

“It’s our special secret. Awh. These are still warm.” 

Grandpa folded the morning paper into his lap. “So, I’ve not heard much about Austin from you.” 

“What’s to tell? I hate it. It’s too far from here.” 

“There’re some really nice areas for horseback riding. Bastrop, for one.” 

An old truck rattled down the driveway way too fast, blaring the horn. A dust cloud billowed from the road. Grandpa rose from his chair. The tan Ford skidded on the gravel as it stopped. Mr. Noah, from a neighboring farm, leaped out and strode to the deck. 

“Chief ’s been trying to call you, Ed.” 79 

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Grandpa grumbled at his cell phone as he tapped the ringer on and moaned at the missed calls. “Why didn’t he call the house phone?” 

Mr. Norris shrugged. “He said you never answer it either. The Bartons have an emergency. Ellie’s disappeared.” 

“Oh no.” Grandpa threw the newspaper into the chair behind him. 

“One minute she was in the yard playing with her puppy, and the next she was gone. Deputy Bob’s called out the search and rescue team. She’s been missing for almost three hours now.” 

Selah’s heart sank. “Ellie is only four. She’s helpless out there.” 

Grandpa pulled his Search & Rescue backpack from the closet and crammed his feet into his snake boots. “Have they checked the neighboring farms?” 

“The teams on site are combing the area around the Bartons for tracks and scanning with thermal imaging for any sign of her. Chief is already at the scene. He’s calling in all the resources this county has, including the bloodhounds from the prison.” Mr. Noah fidgeted with the coins in his pocket. “I called Katie, and she will meet us at the Bartons.” 

“Wise move.” Grandpa tucked a water bottle into his pack. “She really knows The Grasslands well. If anybody can find Ellie, it will be Katie.” He threw his pack over his shoulder and strode to the truck, calling instructions to Selah. “Stay by the house. Do the rest of the morning chores because I won’t be back until we find her.” 

“But, Grandpa.” She raced after him and tugged on his sleeve. “I could help.” 

He drew her into a hug. “I appreciate your heart, but a search is no place for you. We hope for the best, but we never know what we’re going to find.” He kissed the top of her head as he released her. “Practice your liberty work with Dream.” 

Other books in the series…

A story of love and determination in the face of adversity that will steal your heart.

Twelve-year-old Mary longs to have a horse of her own, but she’s limited to reading horse books. A talented artist, she spends her days on a blanket in the grass sketching the horses at the farm next door. She falls in love with one of the foals and is outraged to learn the filly is considered worthless as it was born lame.

Mary befriends and enlists the help of twelve-year-old Laura, whose family owns the horse farm. Against the better judgment of the farm manager, a brief reprieve is negotiated for the foal’s life. The girls conspire to raise money to save her, but time is running out. Sadly, it appears the expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct the problem anyway. Mary isn’t about to let her own disability hold her back. She sacrifices what she holds dear – the trust of her papa, to gain her heart’s desire. But she could lose everything in her struggle to save the foal.

TxAuthors Best Book Award Winner for 2017 – Juvenile – Coming of Age
Feathered Quill – 2017 GOLD Award – Children’s Fiction – Animals
Purple Dragonfly – 2017 First Place – Disability Awareness

A delightful read. Plenty of twists and turns which makes the book a great little adventure. Selah embodies perseverance, hope, determination, compassion, and spunk.

Twelve-Year-Old SELAH’S quest to be equestrian superstar is impossible without a horse. Then she spots buzzards circling in the grasslands behind Grandpa’s farm. They’re stalking a horse trapped in wire and Selah is its only hope. But the mare she rescues might be a bigger challenge to her dream than not having a horse at all. When an old friend of Grandpa’s and a world renowned horse trainer offers to work with the wild and defiant mare, Selah jumps at the opportunity. She trains with a fierce determination to equal the equestrian talent of the deceased grandmother who instilled the love of horses in her. But when the horse causes mayhem at the trainer’s facility, he sends them home. Selah must gather her courage and face up to the trainer or watch her dreams gallop away.

American Horse Publications – FIRST PLACE – Equine Fiction….. Feathered Quill – GOLD Award…..Readers Favorites – GOLD Award…..

About the Author

As a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Texas Association of Authors, I take studying the craft of writing seriously. Revision is my super-power.

Instilled with the need to create, I love building projects and writing adventure stories. I’m a life-long equestrian and owned by a Rocky Mountain Horse. I adore grandchildren, horses, bunnies, mochas, and forest trails.

I’ve published three books in an equestrian series. I write at an antique secretary desk that occupies a glass room with a forest view. Fittingly, it once belonged to the same wise grandmother who introduced me to the love of reading via Walter Farley’s horse books. That desk has secret compartments which hold memories, mysteries, and story ideas.

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Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice
Giveaway ends: May 29, 11:59 pm, 2018
Open to: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Susan Count and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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Bonnie is an admitted book, planner, craft, coffee and chocoholic. She loves sharing her passion for books, journaling, mindfulness, meditation, crafting and gaining confidence in developing our creative souls. Former high school teacher now she is the creator and owner of Adalinc to Life Blog.

How to Teach Your Dragon Proper Grammar

How to Teach Your Dragon Proper Grammar

How to Teach Your Dragon Proper Grammar

*Disclosure:  I received a free pdf copy of the grammar book in order to facilitate this review.  My opinions are my own.  I only review books I believe my readers would be interested in. 

You may have seen your last dangling participle or misused comma in the kingdom. Childrens’ writer Diane Mae Robinson has created a fun and easy way for any young grammar dragon in training to learn the often difficult and, dare I say, tedious rules of English grammar.  As an English/Language Art teacher knows our students usually begin breathing fire when we bring up polishing our grammar sword skills.  Robinson’s book will be the faithful companion all our young grammar dragons need.

What will you find in the book?  You will find chapters organized by the most common grammar mistakes.  Topics range from understanding confusing words to proper use of quotation marks and brackets for a total of 10 chapters.  That is a lot of grammar rules to cover.  What makes this book different is the way Robinson uses her characters from her The Pen Pieyu Series to explain and provide examples.  She has made it easily digestible for a late elementary to a middle-grade student.  In addition to the chapters devoted to explaining the rules, Robinson has also provided a level 1 and 2 test for the little grammar dragons to practice their skills.

If you are interested in The Pen Pieyu Series I have a review of book 3 from a few years ago. Sir Princess Petra and her trusty sidekick, Snarls the Dragon, set off on an adventure to save Petra’s knighthood.  Sir Princess Petra will need her smarts, problem-solving skills, and compassion to succeed. Read more of my review here.

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This book will make for a great educational resource in any classroom, homeschool or just for any moms and dads helping their young kids with revisions at home.

You can find The Dragon Grammar book on (None of these are affiliate links but where you can find the book for purchase)

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Amazon.ca 

Find out more about the author on her website:  Diane Mae Robinson

Bonnie is an admitted book, planner, craft, coffee and chocoholic. She spends her free time buried in books or craft supplies. When she is not creating she loves helping other women find their creative centre. Former high school teacher now she is the creator and owner of Adalinc to Life Blog and Boutique.

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Selah’s Painted Dream Book Blog Tour

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How to Teach Your Dragon Proper Grammar

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Clever Carmel – Multicultural Children’s Book Day Review

Clever Carmel – Multicultural Children’s Book Day Review

Clever Carmel – Multicultural Children’s Book Day Review

Multicultural Children's Book Day

*Disclosure – I received an ePub copy of the book from author Henrietta Nwagwu-Rochford in order to facilitate my review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day.*

January time again everyone!  That means Multicultural Children’s Book Day and Family Literacy Day here in Canada (same day) happens on January 27th.  It is a milestone for the Multicultural Children’s Book Day event as this year marks its 5th year.  What better way to celebrate family literacy then encouraging and promoting multicultural books.  There is so much to discuss that this post usually ends up being a long one, so grab your favourite drink and enjoy.  Multicultural Children’s Book Day was started and continues to flourish with the passion and dedication of its founders, Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen.  The growing popularity of the event is significant to the book industry as it highlights the importance and value we all as readers and consumers of children’s books place on increasing the diversity in the selection available for us to read. Let’s fill our bookshelves with more diverse books. (more…)
New Halloween Favourites From Raincoast Books

New Halloween Favourites From Raincoast Books

*Disclosure: I was provided free copies of these books from Raincoast Books in order to facilitate this review. You can read my full disclosure here.*

New Halloween Favourites From Raincoast Books

It wasn’t so long ago it was my little ones first Halloween and I remember the cuteness of those first few years.  Ok, more like 10 years ago now. I dressed my boys in a cute lion suit their first Halloween and my eldest was a penguin when he was two. Today I would like to introduce you and your little reader to some New Halloween favourites from Raincoast books. I wish I had had a cute non-spooky book like Herbert’s First Halloween by author Cynthia Rylant to introduce some of the traditions of Halloween to my kids. For older kids How To Catch A Monster by Adam Wallace is a funny ninja adventure where the young ninja sets out to catch a monster from his/her closet. It is also another in his series of How to Catch… Last year I reviewed How to Catch an Elf you can view that review here. (more…)