Celebrate Diversity! 50 Children’s Books Celebrating Diversity

Celebrate Diversity! 50 Children’s Books for a Culturally Diverse Bookshelf: 

Here are 50 culturally diverse books to add to your bookshelf! I believe in the power of literature. Through reading my own view points are forever changing, shifting, and evolving. Why not let that power take place from an early age? Here is an inclusive book list to expose your children to the wide world we live in. This list highlights a variety of cultures, countries, faces, languages, and celebrations! I hope you enjoy this list as much as we do! 

Either buy the books, rent them from your local library, or buy them for your local library if they don’t have them! 

Also, if your local library doesn’t have an array of diverse books I really suggest talking with them about it. Some libraries have “purchase” forms where you can purchase the book for the library or you can submit a request for them to purchase it. 

Another fun idea is to add these books to your local lending library if you have one nearby!

50 Children's Books Celebrating Diversity
  1. Whoever You Are (Reading Rainbow Books) by Mem Fox
  1. All Are Welcome by Alexander Penfold 
  2. Last Stop of Market Street by Matt de la Pena 
  3. I Am Enough by Grace Byers 
  4. When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner 
  5. Laila’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi 
  6. It’s Ramadan Curious George by H.A. Rey
  7. Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids: 50 Inspiring People from Ancient Africa to Modern-Day U.S.A.by Arlisha Norwood 
  8. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison 
  9. Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison 
  10. Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison 
  11. The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammas
  12. Dreamersby Yuyi Morales
  13. Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson
  14. Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh 
  15. Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
  16. Suki’s Kimonoby Chieri Uegaki 
  17. The Name Jarby Yangsook Choi 
  18. The Arabic Quiltby Aya Khalil 
  19. Fry Bread: A Native American Family Storyby Kevin Noble Maillard 
  20. Thank You, Omu!By Oge Mora 
  21. Happy in Our Skinby Fran Manushkin
  22. Good Luck and the Three Pandasby Natasha Yim
  23. Ruby’s Chinese New Yearby Vickie Lee 
  24. Festival of Colorsby Surishtha Sehgal 
  25. The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Kabir Sehgal 
  26. Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed 
  27. Lola Plants a Garden (Lola Reads) by Anna McQuinn
  28. My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero 
  29. You Matter by Christian Robinson 
  30. Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bingelow
  31. Muhiima’s Quest by Rahma Rodaah 
  32. Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey by Doug Kruntz
  33. The Journey by Francesca Sanna
  34. Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle 
  35. Alma by Juana Martinez-Neal 
  36. Along the Tapajos by Fernando Vilela 
  37. Other Words from Home by Jasmine Warga 
  38. What If We Were All the Same! A Children’s Book About Ethnic Diversity and Inclusion by C.M. Harris
  39. The Color of Us by Karen Katz
  40. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  41. Thread of Love by Kabir Sehgal
  42. Islandborn by Junot Diaz
  43. The Cambodian Dancer by Daryn Reicherter 
  44. Silent Music by James Rumford
  45. Nadia’s Hands by Karen English 
  46. Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery by William Miller 
  47. The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom by Bettye Stroud 
  48. Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barrack Obama 
  49. She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton
  50. She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the Game

I hope you enjoy this book list! Share it, pin it, and add to your library!

How to Play Old Maid with your Children

I loved playing card games as a child, but I forgot how to play Old Maid. So I had to re-read all the rules. If you’re curious how to play Old Maid follow along 🙂

We have this old maid deck and really love it!

The goal of Old Maid is to not have any cards left and not to be left holding the Old Maid card!

Setting up Old Maid: Shuffle all your cards and deal out all the cards (face down). Not every player will have the equal amount of cards & that’s okay.

Player sort all of their cards ands keeps them hidden from other players.

If anyone has three matching pairs they put down a pair (two matching cards) and keep the third matching card. If anyone has four matching pairs they put down all four cards.

The player to the LEFT of the dealer than fans all of his/her cards out (without letting others see his cards). The player to the left picks a card from the fan of cards. If the player picks a pair to one of his/her cards then they put down the pair.

Then he/she will fan out their cards and offer a card to the player on their left. This continues throughout the game.

This continues until all the cards have been left down in pairs and the last player with a single card (the old maid) loses the game.

And there you have it. A quick overview on how to play old maid! Enjoy

Kids Immune Boosting Supplemetns + Herbs

**Please note, this is not medical advice, this is merely what I have been doing + am doing to boost my children’s immune system.**

To help boost my children immune system they have been regularly taking supplements to improve our overall immune response.

The first supplement they take daily is a high-quality multi vitamin! I really love Mary Ruth Organics and we have been taking their Children’s Multi-Vitamin and Probiotics to help build our gut health!

The second supplement / herb they are taking is a homemade elderberry syrup! I have found that a homemade elderberry syrup is much more beneficial than store bought!

The third supplement they are taking is ZINC! I drop zinc in mine and my children’s water daily to help build our immune system!

The forth thing they do daily is drink a homemade fire cider that I make from scratch every 6 weeks or so! The recipe I linked here.

Lastly, we make sure we go outdoors to get as much Vitamin D as possible! I have never lived in an area that lacks sufficient sunshine so I am not sure what a good Vitamin D supplement is but if you don’t have adequate sunshine, I would discuss supplementing with your healthcare provider!

5 Journal Prompts to Make You a More Mindful Mom

5 journal prompts to make you a more mindful mom

I created these 5 journal prompts to help myself be a more mindful mom and I think everyone could enjoy/benefit from them. I’ve been having a rough time parenting these days. Even though I aspire to be a more mindful mom there are moment where I merely react to events that happen through the day. We are at the tantrum twos (I hate terrible twos because they’re merely releasing emotions) and my almost five year old has also been battling big emotions. So I have been reflecting on how I can be a better more proactive parent, rather than a reactive one.

  1. How do you react when something goes wrong (e.g., a tantrum happens, a cup of milk spills, etc)? After reflecting upon that follow up with this prompt. How do you want to react when something goes wrong?
  2. How would you describe your parenting last week? What went well and what didn’t go so well?
  3. Think of one thing that went wrong in the past month (e.g., a spill, a huge melt down in a store, etc). Describe the situation, what happened, what triggered your child, what was your reaction, and what were your triggers? If you could go back to that situation, what would you do differently?
  4. What are things that went well? How can you expand those joyful moments in your daily life?
  5. How can you take a few moments to nourish yourself this week?

BONUS: What brings you joy in your household/family life?

So there you have it, reflect upon these questions and journal them down. They’re meant to make you a more reflective mother which will probably help you bring mindfulness into your daily routine with your little ones.

X0 from one aspiring mindful mom to another

50 Budget-Friendly Summer Activities for Kids

50 budget friendly summer activities for kids! Have fun this summer!
  1. Make your own ice cream
  2. Go to the library and borrow a book. (Summer reading list by age)
  3. Make a bug book for your kids to journal bugs they find around the neighborhood
  4. Make a plant book for your kids to journal all the plants they find around the neighborhood
  5. Check out a baking book from the library and learn to bake something new together
  6. Go camping in your backyard
  7. Make DIY playdough
  8. Collect rocks from a local park and paint them
  9. Create an outdoor obstacle course
  10. Find free summer concerts
  11. Free movies in the park
  12. Find free bowling events at kidsbowlfree.com
  13. Give your kids some sidewalk chalk and let them play outside
  14. Pool day
  15. Go for a hike
  16. Fly a kite
  17. Water play in the backyard
  18. Play a card game
  19. Make popsicles
  20. Make a cardboard box castle 
  21. Have a picnic with friends at a local park
  22. Check out your local cinema for weekly summer specials 
  23. Head to your local nature preserve and spend the day in nature. Also check to see if they have summer programs for kids to learn about geocaching, fishing, compass usage, etc.
  24. Go fishing
  25. Plant an herb garden
  26. Use kitchen scraps to tie-dye 
  27. Set up a mud kitchen in the back yard or patio
  28. Make a fort using old sheets, blankets, and couch cushions in the house 
  29. Go to your local park
  30. Create a scavenger hunt in your yard or neighborhood
  31. Set up a sprinkler in your backyard
  32. Write a story together and draw out all the artwork 
  33. Make lemonade from scratch and have a lemonade stand
  34. Play board games (I have found all of ours for under $5.00 a game at local thrift stores)
  35. Go to the local farmers market
  36. Find a body of water and take a day trip there
  37. Go produce picking 
  38. Go on a scavenger hunt in your neighborhood
  39. Sidewalk chalk games
  40. Go to the local museum’s free day
  41. Check out store’s free classes (Apple, Microsoft, Lowes, Home Depot, Bass Pro Shops, Pottery Barn Kids, and Michaels
  42. Visit your local fire department for a tour
  43. Learn a foreign language
  44. Make a DIY bird feeder 
  45. Set up a pretend restaurant in your house and let your kids serve lunch  
  46. Backyard safari with stuffed animals 
  47. Go on a bike ride
  48. Have a garage sale
  49. Help the community – pick on community serve project to commit to weekly 
  50. Check out Groupon for discounted activities 

Our homeschooling journey

Our homeschooling journey began this fall (2019) when I decided to quit my PhD program to homeschool my two children. Deep down, I felt an urge to homeschool that I couldn’t quite resist. For me homeschooling is the ultimate educational opportunity for children because so much of our current educational system is focusing on rote memorization, standardized thinking, and testing. Schools are also slowly limiting outdoor play to 30 minutes a day. Children are restricted in their usage of the rest rooms, eating/drinking, and listening to their bodily urges. Then there is the social aspect, where kids are exposed to ideas that they shouldn’t really be exposed to until a much later age. All that being said, I kept feeling as though the traditional route wasn’t for us.

Rather than homeschooling, we looked at religious schools, Waldorf schools, and other non-traditional options, as well as private schools. However, I didn’t want to work full-time one hour away from my kids school only to drop them off at a childcare center before school to pick them up at a childcare center after school. Where we live, most parents commute 1+ hour to work so I would be gone 12 hours a day. Since we don’t have family nearby our children would be forced to go to schools/daycares 12+ hours a day. If I had to do that to survive, I would in a heartbeat but I don’t (thankfully).

Anyways, after a lot of soul searching and research I decided I wanted to homeschool. For me, homeschooling allows us to spend more time outdoors, learn practical life skills such as cooking, explore art and crafts at a deeper level, read more books, and spend time together as a family. For our children, I think overall there are immense benefits in homeschooling because they can learn at their own level, they have the ability to pick their own electives and conduct self-study sessions, they can grow/learn in a more relaxed environment, they don’t have to deal with bullying and/or peer pressure. And so much more! We also live in a super homeschool friend area with tons of resources, co-opts, and museum days (all of them have homeschool days monthly), we also have several hybrid schools nearby!