Posted in Book Review

I am a Rapper and I know it

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By Monica Mathis-Stowe

Illustrated by Nada Serafimovic

This is the second Trey Jones book. In this book, Trey raps every word like a rap song. It is kind of silly annoying. I think my parents would be annoyed if I did that.

Trey raps about everything from school to his sisters. He is being creative in how he uses his words. He also dresses like a rapper with rings and jewelry.

I liked this book because I like it when people are creative with their words. I recommend to my classmates too. The boys will find it funny.

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is in its fourth 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.  

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team is on a mission to change all of that.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

 

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett AbourayaVeronica AppletonSusan Bernardo, Kathleen BurkinshawDelores Connors, Maria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin Savannah HendricksStephen HodgesCarmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid ImaniGwen Jackson Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece MurphyMiranda PaulAnnette PimentelGreg RansomSandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

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.

MCBD Links to remember:

MCBD site: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/

Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents: http://bit.ly/1sZ5s8i

Posted in Book Review

I am Trey Jones and I know it

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By Monica Mathis-Stowe

Illustrated by Nada Serafimovic

This is the first book in the Trey Jones series. Trey Jones is  a first grade boy. He looks like my classmates with his dark skin. Some of the boys are nice and some are not. My parents say that is just kids.

Trey has a lot of fun in first grade. The book is all about him introducing himself on the first day. He falls on his face but he is okay. It doesn’t ruin his day. That would be a memorable way to meet a kid.

I liked that it was a book about first days of school. He was not scared at all. I liked that he looks like my classmates. They should have more books about kids who look like them. It makes you feel important to see themselves as a character in a book.

I recommend this book to my classmates. In fact, I think I will give these to my school library. Then my classmates can borrow these books.

All about Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is in its fourth 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.  

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team is on a mission to change all of that.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

 

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett AbourayaVeronica AppletonSusan Bernardo, Kathleen BurkinshawDelores Connors, Maria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin Savannah HendricksStephen HodgesCarmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid ImaniGwen Jackson Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece MurphyMiranda PaulAnnette PimentelGreg RansomSandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

 

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.

MCBD Links to remember:

MCBD site: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/

Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents: http://bit.ly/1sZ5s8i

Posted in Meet the authors

Meet the author: Monica Mathis-Stowe

I  read the Trey Jones series for Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Today meet the author of the series in my 200th blog post!

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Website/social media: http://www.treyjonesbooks.com
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Tell me a little about yourself: I was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Currently, I live in Maryland with my firefighter husband and high school-age son. I work in Washington, D.C. as a contract investigator for the federal government but often dream about becoming a full-time author. Writing is my passion. When I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing or dreaming about the next story to write. Being a writer never leaves me, and I’m okay with that.

When you were my age, did you like to read?  YES! I would read anything I could get my hands on, including my parents’ newspapers (comics) and Highlights magazines. My pediatrician gave a free subscription to any of his patients who wanted one. Of course, I did. To this day, I still get a funny fuzzy feeling when I see a Highlights magazine.

What was your favorite story? My mom used to read me a book about a little girl and her teddy bear. They traveled all over the world because her father was in the Army. The girl told about her experiences visiting and living in different places. I LOVED THOSE BOOKS! I think my love of travel began when my mother started reading me that series when I was about four years old.

How do you get your ideas? When my son was younger, I would search for books with an African-American boy as the lead character. Since I couldn’t find one, I created the confident and know-it-all Trey Jones. Many of the stories focus on real-life experiences children can relate to. I worked on the premise and stories for ten years before deciding to publish them.

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Is it hard to write a book? For me, it’s hard to get started. Looking at a blank screen and wondering what to write is a little scary at times. But, once I get started and the characters start speaking to me, I can’t stop.

Why do you think multi-cultural books for kids are important? Multi-cultural books are important for kids because they build self-confidence. Books with diverse characters represent the world we live in and allows us to see that we may look different, but we’re all the same. Reading about someone from a different culture, race, or religion gives us a better understand of other people. Multi-cultural books teach us to RESPECT and UNDERSTAND one another.

What author do you really like right now? I will always LOVE Ezra Jack Keats’ books. The Snowy Day was the first time I read with characters who looked like me and the people in my family. Today, I have all of his books on my bookshelf.

And, I will always really like, Barbara Parks’ Junie B. Jones series. When my son was younger, he read the whole series to me. We used to laugh so hard and loud, people would’ve thought we were CRAZY.

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? Read everything. Study the text on the pages. Learn from it. Take notes of what passages make you feel something. Emotions are what keep readers engaged. We like a book that makes us laugh, cry, or question something. Before you sit down to write, THINK. And most of all, enjoy the process. It won’t always be easy, but the final product is all worth it.