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Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.
The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our 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. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.
About The Book
After months of tension something appeared on the streets of Ferguson that hadn’t been seen there for a long
time… HOPE. Author and Ferguson native Carol Swartout Klein captured this story in the children’s picture book,
Painting for Peace in Ferguson in a colorful and inspiration story.
Written in child-friendly verse, the actual artwork painted on hundreds of boarded up windows illustrates the story.
The book’s simple but powerful message is that when people reach out to each other across lines that divide us and work together, remarkable things happen. And both children and adults can make a difference. Painting for Peace in Ferguson also won an Outstanding Book of the Year GOLD Award – Independent Publisher 2015 State of Missouri Selection for Library of Congress National Book Festival. This is a BIG deal. This is like a Grammy award for independent authors!
Painting for Peace in Ferguson is also being used in schools, around dinner tables, and around the globe. The book opens doors and starts positive conversation about all of the issues around race in America, not only in Ferguson, but in Baltimore, New York,Cleveland, South Carolina, and across the country. A single paintbrush can paint one picture but thousands working together can transform a community. Profits from the book benefit youth and recovery programs in the Ferguson area. The book is set-up as a non-profit and all proceeds after printing costs have gone to grants to organizations in Ferguson that work with youth or the arts.
About the Author
Carol Klein is the author of this timely book. Painting for Peace in Ferguson tells the true story of how the community of Ferguson (Carol’s hometown) came together to create beautiful, inspiring and hopeful art on the boarded up windows of the town which just days earlier had been the scenes of massive unrest.
Grab your copy of this wonderful picture book HERE
Connect with Carol
Facebook: Painting for Peace book
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Classroom Reading Challenge: Help spread the word on our Classroom Reading Challenge ! This very special offering from MCCBD 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 pre-screened and approved by them as well.
What we could really use some help with is spreading the word to your teacher/librarian/classroom connections so we can get them involved in this program. There is no cost to teachers and classrooms and we’ve made the whole process as simple as possible. You can help by tweeting the below info:
**I received a copy of this book to review. Opinions express are purely my own. Some of these links are affiliate links which means, if you click through and buy, I get a wee little commission. Possible enough even to buy a new marker for my hardcore adult coloring addiction 🙂