TGMS #017 Jump into a Multicultural Book with Valarie Budayr

This marks week two of our series on BOOKS! I’m so excited about this episode, because my guest, Valarie Budayr, offered us lots of ideas for books and extension activities to do with our kids. Valarie is the daughter of Swedish immgrants who grew up in Portland, Oregon. She married an Arab Muslim from Lebanon, and together they’ve built a multicultural family based on give and take, sharing, and prioritizing global learning. Books have always been a big part of Valarie’s life, and today she’s a children’s author, book publisher, and the co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. (With Mia Wenjen of Pragmatic Mom). She blogs at Jump into a Book, where she offers book lists and reviews as well as fun activities you can do with your kids. We talked about so many books today, that I might have missed a few below!

Links from today’s show:

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie

Pippi Longstocking

Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin

Grandfather Tang’s Story

Jason Lee, Lee & Low Books

Kid Lit TV

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

The Wild Book, Margarita Engle

The Firefly Letters: A Suffregete’s Journey to Cuba, Margartia Engle

Esperanza Rising,  Pam Munoz Ryan, with extension activites

The Dreamer, Pam Munoz Ryan

Latin American Month (Hispanic Heritage Month Booklist)

Pragmatic Mom, Mia Wenjen

Jump into a Book

Multicultural Children’s Book Giveaway

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Mama Panya’s Pancakes, published by Barefoot Books

Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

The Story of Ruby Bridges

She Stood for Freedom:The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

Brown Girl Dreaming

Red Kite, Blue Kite

World Diverse Book List

India book list

Navajo Code Talkers

Audrey Press

Dragons are Real

A Year in The Secret Garden, by Valarie Budayr

Connect with Valarie: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram





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Mary Grace Otis
Mary Grace is a wife, a mom of three boys, a former expat and development worker, and a freelance writer for nonprofits and businesses. She's lived in Germany and India, and traveled lots of places besides that, but she currently makes her home in the U.S., where one of her goals is to stay connected with a global view of life. She's the host of The Global Mom Show Podcast and the founder of The Global Mom website.

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