Monday, January 25, 2016

Book Review and Activity of Everything is Different

Written by Ann Morris
Illustrated by Melissa Wright
For Multicultural Children’s Book Day #ReadYourWorld
Reviewed by Maritza Martinez Mejia – Author 

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD) falls on January 27, 2016. The mission of MCCBD is to not only raise awareness for kids’ books that celebrate diversity, but to also get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries. MCCBD assigns a book for participating bloggers to review.

I reviewed Everything is Different. The story begins when a father invites his son for a short trip abroad. During the adventure his son learns not only simple things such as flying means being above the clouds, but also he discovers a few differences between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Brett’s dad patiently explains how different things work in another country like in United Kingdom people drive on the other side of the street than we do and the British accent is different from the English accent.

The following day, they had a wonderful experience at the Bolsover Castle when they switch roles and Brett’s dad becomes the student and let his son explores the world with a different perspective as a tour guide.  They had also an unforgettable day at an English pub called Whiterspoon where they eat food not beer. The adventure ends buying souvenirs to bring home.

My favorite sentences are in page five when Brett's Dad said, "You will learn that not everyone does things the same way we do. But if it works for them, that is what is important. Being different does not mean they are wrong."

With colorful illustrations, Ann Morris develops a clear message “different does not mean wrong.” This book is an excellent resource for teaching concepts of geography, history and diversity. I highly recommend this book for students in 4th to 5th grades.

Activity to Everything is Different  designed by Maritza Martinez Mejia

*Create an acrostic poem with the word Different*



The MCCBD team’s mission is to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. MCCBD encourages readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits and event.  The full name of this event is Multicultural Children’s Book Day and the official hashtag is #ReadYourWorld on Twitter and other social media.
The co-creators of MCCBD are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. Find a bio for Mia and Valarie here. View the Diversity Book Lists and Resources for Educators and Parents here. Connect with Multicultural Children’s Book Day on Facebook.
MCCBD Sponsors
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016 Medallion Level Sponsors #ReadYourWorld include the following:
Platinum – 
Wisdom Tales PressStoryQuest Books, Lil Libros
Gold – Author Tori Nighthawk, Candlewick Press
Silver – Lee and Low Books, Chronicle Books , Capstone Young Readers
Bronze – Pomelo Books, Author Jacqueline Woodson, Papa Lemon Books, Goosebottom Books,Author Gleeson Rebello, ShoutMouse Press, Author Mahvash Shahegh, China
MCCBD Co-Hosts
Multicultural Children’s Book Day has 12 amazing Co-Hosts and you can view them here.

Classroom Reading Challenge
MCCBD holds a 
Classroom Reading Challenge. This very special offering offers teachers and classrooms the chance to very easily earn a free hardcover multicultural children’s book for their classroom library. These books are not only donated by the Junior Library Guild, but they are also pre-screened and approved by them as well.
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  1. What a great way to think about different cultures. I love the book and your poem idea! Thanks so much for sharing and participating in our Multicultural Children's Book Day! Mia from PragmaticMom

    1. You're very welcome Mia. I am glad you like it!

  2. Thanks for reviewing this book! I had a chance to read it in PDF and I was very impressed. Happy Multicultural Children's Book Day!

  3. What a good idea for a children's book that expands thinking! I love the contrast between cultures and being fair to each!

  4. Thank you for your comment.


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