national buna Day / February 16
What is it?
A day that celebrates the unique tradition of the Ethiopian buna (coffee) ceremony
Because buna brings people together!
How to observe it?
Drink Ethiopian buna!!
"Every book is not for every child, but for every child there is a book."
The holiday season is upon us and books can be great Christmas/ Hannuka gifts for children everywhere! When you give a child a book, you're giving him the opportunity to get acquainted with different people and places, You are helping expand his vocabulary and stimulating his imagination.
We choose books that match the child's learning and interest levels. Books can only educate, nurture, and entertain kids if they are age appropriate.
For younger children, books can be used to learn basic concepts like letters and colors, or just for fun!
For elementary students, a book should improve their vocabulary and comprehension skills. Will they understand what they're reading? Do they know most of the words?
Will the book interest them? Will they want to read it?
Remember.....the younger the child is, the more connected the book should be to his life!
Being the author of a diverse children's book, I love books that celebrate differences. Here are some gift suggestions of fun books with a deep message,
Dream Big Little One by Vashi Harrison
This is a very positive board book with beautiful illustrations and a clear message. It introduces inspirational black women who have made history.
AGES: Pre-school and up
Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung
This book is fun. It has bright colors and a straightforward approach to confronting discrimination and celebrating acceptance for differences. It's suitable for 4-5 year olds but older children will enjoy it too.
The Big Buna Bash by Sara Arnold
This little story is sweet and non-threatening. Almaz, an Ethiopian/American first-grader, finds a way to make friends using her cultural traditions. The Big Buna Bash is about the healing that occurs when there is understanding!
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Six kids meet up for a weekly chat and during the bonding process find courage and mutual growth. Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.
All these books can be found on Amazon www.amazon.com/books
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY READING!!
I had so much fun writing The Big Buna Bash, and I want to share it to inspire cultural pride in kids who might feel like they don't fit in because of their differences. I believe in diversity and inclusion; that's why I wrote The Big Buna Bash!