Toby, a child with a shaved head, purple glasses, and light brown skin, is excited for their first day of school—that is, until recess, when their classmates make a point of asking whether they are a girl or a boy. After consulting their mother after school, who encourages the child to “grab hold of my courage,” Toby returns the next day ready to affirm their identity: “most days, I don’t feel like either [a boy or a girl]... I feel like Toby, and it’s okay to just be me,” Starling writes. Scratchy-textured illustrations by DuFalla include characters of different skin tones, hair textures, and abilities, with Toby shown in a kid-friendly range of outfits and accessories. Paragraphs skew long, but age-appropriate prose and a simple yet compelling first-person narrative should prove engaging for early readers. Ages 4–8. (Jan.) Read the review here! https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-951565-39-8
View this post on Instagram It seems only fitting that I enjoy a cup of hot coffee while we read this delightful story about the Ethiopian tradition of a Buna Celebration (Buna=coffee in Ethiopia) . . Through the story of Almaz, kids will learn how to be respectful of other’s differences and how wonderful it can be to learn about another culture. . . . #gifted #booksforkids #childrensbooks #newchildrensbook #bunaceremony #ethiopianculture #learnaboutothercultures #teachingkids #thebigbunabash #smithpublicity #storytimeforkids #importanceofreading #homeschoolmama A post shared by Katelynne E (@thedisguisedsupermom) on Mar 4, 2020 at 6:10pm PST
I love books that allow us to learn about new cultures. Did you know that buna means coffee in Ethiopia? I didn’t. At least, I didn’t until I read the book. It is a beautifully illustrated story that is both sweet and educational. I love how the story is a great way to discuss differences in families and cultures. https://www.justabxmom.com/2020/02/24/february-bookshelf/
The Big Buna Bash is a delightful new children’s book that reminds readers that our differences are what make us special. https://booktrib.com/2020/02/building-bridges-with-coffee-in-the-big-buna-bash/
I like how the book didn’t shy away from hard topics like bullying or feeling left out ; but showed how to overcome and educate people on differences. http://all-our-colors.com/multicultural-childrens-book-day/
The message of the book is positive as a buna party extends kindness, friendship and inclusiveness to all. I like how the family turns a sad, hurtful situation into a happy, heartwarming one. The illustrations are lovely and enrich the storyline greatly. They are, vibrant and colourful and express the emotions that Almaz is feeling. Lastly, the book points out that kids can be proud of their heritage and uniquenss in a world that is so diverse. I like the book a lot and highly recommend it. https://toppsta.com/books/details/686363/the-big-buna-bash#reviews
Back Home is a children's picture book about a young Muslim girl adjusting to daily life in a Western country. Today is Asha's first day of school in her new country, and everything is so strange to her - the class is taught in with boys and girls mixed together, the children wear clothing unlike what she's accustomed to, and even the food is different. But as she makes friends and learns exciting new things, she understands that maybe her new school is not so different from home after all! Back Home is a charming and heartwarming story with a positive message of tolerance and respect, highly recommended especially for school and public library picture book collections. http://www.midwestbookreview.com/cbw/apr_19.htm#Picturebook
I really loved this book, and I hope there is another one coming out because I can't wait to read it. The book kept me in suspense between its pages! I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down! I could relate to the characters, as they were lifelike. This book was a great mystery. It was a little intense in some parts, but other than that, it was awesome! Read the whole review here.