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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 {Book Review: Hidden Women}

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

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Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Today, January 27, 2018, marks the 5th Multicultural Children’s Book Day! This is the second time I have had the pleasure to review for MCBD, you can read my post from 2014 here . Multicultural Children’s book day is founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Their mission is to raise awareness that there is a lack of diversity when it comes to the shelves of libraries at home and in schools, as well as to make diverse books assessable to children.

Want to learn more about Multicultural Children’s Day with Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom?

Here’s an interview she recently did with Miss Panda Chinese.

Hidden Women: The African-American Mathematicians of NASA Who Helped America Win the Space Race

  • Reading Level 3-5
  • Interest Level 3-7 (I found it interesting too, and I’m quite a few years away from 7th grade.)
  • Narrative Nonfiction
  • 112 Pages
  • Author Rebecca Rissman (Award-winning children’s author from CHICAGO!)

From Capstone Publishing on Hidden Women:

“Tells the gripping story of four female African-American mathematicians who literally made it possible to launch US rockets–and astronauts–into space. Tells the thrilling tale of how each woman contributed, the struggles and resistance each experienced, and the amazing results. Consultants currently work for NASA.”

My Thoughts on Hidden Women The African-American Mathematicians of NASA Who Helped America Win the Space Race

I read Hidden Women The African-American Mathematicians of NASA Who Helped America Win the Space Race on the heels of reading Dan Rather’s What Unites Us, which felt like a continuation of the history lessons I learned from Mr. Rather, but more with women’s influence.

I enjoyed learning from this book meant for a younger audience, it just shows that we can always learn more about our history, or as Leslie Knope would say “knowledge of herstory”. For instance, I had no idea that once a woman was married she was more than likely going to be fired and being pregnant certainly meant you would be fired. It seems like NASA was different in that regard, they were more forward-thinking when it came to women. Nevertheless, if you weren’t a white woman you were treated quite differently. Sadly, there was a racial divide within. Thankfully, not everyone was closed minded, some people didn’t see color, they saw educated hardworking women.

 

Empowered Women

One of my favorite parts of this book was reading about Miriam Mann. I adored her spunk and drive to break glass ceilings despite being a black woman in a white male-oriented world. Mann would steal “COLORED” signs from the cafeteria as her own silent protest. Eventually, she would not have to do that, because NASA became desegregated.

It was empowering to read about the four women mathematicians. I found myself getting upset (just like I did when watching Hidden Figures), which had nothing to do with the narration of the true story, it had to do of course with our history and our lack of respect for people based on race.

The Perfect Pick for MCBD

Hidden Women is a perfect book to celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day, because it embodies everything that this day is. It’s reading stories of cultures that are sometimes hidden. Also, it’s finally getting the ticker tape parade to celebrate the achievements of those that deserve it. It’s blowing the dust off the book in the back to learn how we got this far into the future with the help of many cultures. It is acknowledging that this world is beautiful and colorful.

Multicultural Children's Book Day

I am thankful to be a part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Thank you, Mia and Valarie! Growing up I didn’t see many books that represented me or my family, comparatively, here were are in 2018 and sometimes it’s still tough to find those books. Some say you should write the book if you can’t find the book; trust me, this is something I have considered. I’m glad Mia has decided to do it – CONGRATS, MIA!

Reach for the Stars

Kids should take away from this book that they must always reach for the stars. It doesn’t matter what people say or think about them because of their gender or race.

In honor of Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Hidden Women and empowering young minds I’ve created this printable.

CLICK THE IMAGE FOR YOUR FREE PRINTABLE 🙂

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 BoweGokul! 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

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

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

2018 Author Sponsors 

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, and most of all for their tireless work to spread the word about this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

DON’T MISS THE MCBD 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) 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/

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FREE Coloring Page Printable "The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who's going to stop me." Ayn Rand quote
That's What She Said

This one is for my ladies!! {Free Printable Coloring Page}

For my ladies!

Today, my heart is so filled with pride. I thank you, women (and men), who stand up to hate and stand for equality. Thank you for being our voice, let’s keep it going. Together we rise!!

“You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.” -Maya Angelou

I thought this quote by Ayn Rand was appropriate for today and EVERY.SINGLE.DAY of our lives.

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

Click the picture below to print out the PDF of this freebie coloring page. Print out as many as you like and share them with your lady friends, but most importantly share them with your nieces, daughters, and granddaughters.

FREE PRINTABLE COLORING PAGE

Ayn Rand: The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who's going to stop me. {Freebie coloring page}

If you’re looking for more inspiring quotes by women, please check out my Etsy shop That’s What She Said Quote Shop.

Let’s keep marching!

XOXO

FREE Coloring Page Printable "The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who's going to stop me." Ayn Rand quote

I wish I could say I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, but please do forgive me if I go astray. When I woke up this morning the sky was all purple my mind was everywhere. I was trying to run from my own destruction of my thoughts
A Work In Progress, Awareness

The Sky Was All Purple

If you’re thinking this is another Prince post, you’re wrong-ish. This is a Dean post (that’s me for anyone who is new here), but Prince is obviously my inspiration. I’m heading into purple skies and gray clouds….

The Sky Was All Purple

The Sky Was All Purple| I wish I could say I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, but please do forgive me if I go astray. When I woke up this morning the sky was all purple my mind was everywhere. I was trying to run from my own destruction of my thoughts being here and there.

I wish I could say I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, but please do forgive me if I go astray. When I woke up this morning the sky was all purple, my mind was everywhere. I was trying to run from my own destruction of my thoughts being here and there. The problem is I do care. I know too much about everything and everyone and I’m losing myself in it all. My focus has become blurred by a million things to do. The gray clouds are creeping in. I’m feeling a little lost. I’m ready to fit in and find MY place. Formation.

Life Is Just A Party and Parties Weren’t Meant To Last

The sky was all purple there were people fighting everywhere....

There are wars all around us, I’m tired of all the fights. If we can’t live together as people, how can we live at all? I almost feel like 1999 was more progressive than today. If we’re fighting over Old Navy campaigns in the name of “racial genocide”, then we STILL haven’t decided we’re equal. And if we can’t love enough to put down our damn phones to save a life, what the hell….

When a front runner candidate for the position of PRESIDENT of the United States is backed by hate,  endorses xenophobia, talks poorly of women (and you know how I feel about being a woman), mocks others (I could hyperlink that to numerous stories); this person doesn’t want to build bridges… just walls- zero parties. Perhaps, party over. Opps, we’re out of time!

If You Didn’t Come to Party, Don’t Bother Knockin’ On My Door

I’m done with the bullshit. But the bullshit is all around. I thought I moved away from it, but it follows. I’m a lover not a hater, but I am a fighter, and I will fight off hate. If you’re not here on this earth to be the good and party like it’s your last day, what are you here for? I got a lion in my pocket and I’m ready to roar. 😉 Everybody has the ability to fight for love, for peace, and happiness. We could all die any day, but before I let that happen I’m going to love, draw, paint, write, and dance my life away. Those are the things I need right now to stir away from the gray anyway…

I wish I could say I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, but please do forgive me if I go astray. When I woke up this morning the sky was all purple my mind was everywhere. I was trying to run from my own destruction of my thoughts

 

 

That's What She Said

That’s What She Said: Victoria Erickson #linkup

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Here is how it works:

Each month we will pick a quote, the quotes we choose are women’s words… get it? That’s What She Said.

The linkup will run for 2 weeks.

We will pin and feature our favorites the following month.

You will always know what the next month’s quote is, we will have it posted here, and sent to your inbox!

What are the rules?

Please only linkup posts inspired by the quote of the month.  We want to see how this quote will get your creative juices flowing.

We would like for you to connect with others, please visit the person who linked up before you, and go show some love.

It would be AWESOME if you would share the linkup via your social media. #That’sWhatSheSaidLinkUp

Of course it’s always fun to connect, let’s follow each other along.

Number one rule: Have fun and be creative ♡

Your Hosts

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Mrs AOK, a Work in Progress                        Courtney: What’s Up With the Wilhelms                                    Katy: Chaos & Kiddos

 

Our pick from last month’s linkup: Jen’s post, The Legacy I Want to Leave Behind

Drinking the Whole Bottle

 

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This was a tough quote for me, and then I thought of Her, she is my muse.

There’s this lady I know, she’s a giver, a lover, and a forgiver.  Her life has been a roller coaster, she’s had her ups, but she’s also had her downs… yet she keeps on, always wearing a smile upon her beautiful face.

She could have stayed mad at him, she could’ve done many things to make sure her kids hated him, but instead she told them, love him, he needs it, and you do too.

Her tears were rivers flowing with her hurt, it seemed as though she could drown mountains with her pain. A woman so shattered could be such a ghastly situation, yet, she chose to cry it out, and move along, never doing a spiteful thing. (She’s better than me)

She gives each day a new life, smiling, loving, and caring for those she knows, and those she doesn’t.  Inspirational, loving, happy, are the words you will hear when people speak of her.

Although, I would never, ever, want her hurt, I would love to take a page from her book.  The lady who has been burnt by love, broken by words, and torn at the seams for caring too much about someone who did not return that love, has taught me so much.  I want to go out there and LIVE life while I’m (thankfully) still here.

Life is too short to wallow in pain and misery, there are others to live for, but most importantly live for YOURSELF. She has taught me that, the way she loves her babies hard, and doesn’t retaliate, but gives her heart to the world. She doesn’t just put a smile on her face, she places it in heart.

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So, how did this month’s quote inspire you?  Show us yours!  That’s What She Said…

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That’s What She Said #Linkup

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Here is how it works: Each month we will pick a quote, the quotes we choose are women’s words… get it? That’s What She Said.

The linkup will run for 2 weeks.

We will pin and feature our favorites the following month.

You will always know what the next month’s quote is, we will have it posted here and sent to your inbox!

What are the rules?

We would like for you

to connect with others, please visit the person who linked up before you and go show them some love.

It would be AWESOME if you would share the linkup via your social media. #That’sWhatSheSaidLinkUp

Of course it’s always fun to connect, let’s follow each other along.

Number one rule: have fun and be creative ♡

 

Your Hosts

TWSS Crew                                                                                                                                      Mrs AOK, a Work in Progress                Courtney: What’s Up With the Wilhelms                               Katy: Chaos & Kiddos

This Month’s Quote:

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This month, September, happens to be my birthday month, which also means it’s a month of reflection for me. C’mon I’m not the only one who gets all sentimental during birthday month, right?  This month’s That’s What She Said quote, is the perfect quote for this 30-something gal.  After all, this blog is the evolution of me, the good, the bad, and the wonderfully beautiful.  I’m working my way through life trying to progress toward the best me I can be, placing my footprint deep into the soil with kindness and love, and the occasional twitter rant 🙂

Trust me I have come a looooooooog way, nevertheless I have much more to achieve.

The Good in Others

In the past, I let other’s pessimism taint me.  (I’m not proud of it, but it’s true.)  When you constantly hear negativity you begin to believe negatively.  20-something me would see the negative in people before I could allow myself to see the good.  Trust me I can still see when a person isn’t good, but I like to look for the good before proceeding on with my snap judgment.  It’s hard to be open to the idea that most people are good especially when there is a great deal of ugly in our world, but truly there is bountiful beauty and loving hearts surrounding us, we just need to open our own hearts.  Love is always revealed 

Speaking Words of Kindness

Mixed drinks accompanied by a chip the size of a boulder on my shoulder sometimes made me the ugliest person, I’ll admit it.  I have always been a lover, giver, and nurturer BUT there was this other side of me, let’s call her “Club Dean”  she had my dad’s torrid temper… no bueno.  I thought I was such a chingona {translation: bad ass}. However, that chingona 10 hours earlier was giving her lunch to the homeless on her way to work, but for some reason or another she got all HULK SMASH if someone bumped into her later on that night.  :::sigh:::

I’m not sure if it was motherhood, age, or maybe it was all the love I was receiving, but I changed.  I apologized to people I felt I was ugly to in the past, I asked for forgiveness, and moved on, happier.  However, as much as I try to speak only kindness, I’m human, but for the most part I embrace kindness 🙂  I am no longer angry or looking for fights.  Actually, I moved away from the drama, and thankfully I can say I’ve been drama-free for over a decade!  My days are filled with Hellos, I Love Yous, and How Are You Doing….

I make an energetic effort to talk to random strangers.  Yes, I do.  I will make sure if I ask someone, “How are you?” I listen!  We. Are. All. Going. Through. Our. Own Personal. Struggles.  Why not say hello? Why not ask, “How are you doing?” Or share a compliment?  I’ve become a serial compliment-giver, if I like someone’s shirt, child’s behavior, or hairstyle I let them know… I mean what do I have to lose?  Those little things bring big smiles, I’m all for smiles 🙂 {notice my vexatious use of the smile emoji?}  Back-in-the-day-Dean did these small gestures as well, but she certainly could have done more.

My Poise, My Posse. 

My posse, these people keep me strong.  I walk tall in the love that I am swaddled in, knowing their love is always there keeps my shoulders back and head held high.  I’m still a bit insecure, maybe I’ll finally tackle that in my 40’s but I can tell you this; I’m SO much happier in my 30’s, I’m more sure of me, and I love myself.  That was weird to type out, but it’s true.  I love who I’m becoming, and boy do I love my little legacies who I hope will always carry on my thoughts on love, compassion, and acceptance…

XOXO

 

 

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That’s What She Said, is a monthly blog hop, where we will share a quote by women each month. We hope to pick a quote that will inspire you to share a story via your blog, and linkup with us to connect with other bloggers.
That’s What She Said​,​ will go live on the 10th of each month & will run for two weeks. We will pin ​,​ and feature our favorites the flowing month.
Do you have a quote to share? We will have a suggestion inbox for you to share your quotes with us. If we pick your quote we will give you the credit ​,​ if you would like
Still a bit confused? Courtney (one of our hosts) has ​posted​ a linkup inspired by th​e quote below in the past, you can see the linkup here.​ ​

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

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We hope to see you September 10th! September’s Quote: AudreySeptemberQuoteTWSS

We cannot wait to see you there!

XOXO