Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs & Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs

I was sent a copy of Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs by Susan Schaefer Bernado to review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017. Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs is illustrated by Courtenay Fletcher, published by Inner Flower Child Books, and available in hard cover and Kindle. {affiliate link below}

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs is a book about how love endures despite separation. In a world where families are broken by divorce, or parents separated from their children due to work or military deployment, or when neighbours move away, or a loved one dies, it is sometimes difficult to help children deal with their emotions about the event.

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs helps children to see that love does not fade, and the beautiful rhymes and illustrations encourage young readers to take comfort in the natural world around them. I love the idea of the sun blowing kisses, and of being hugged by invisible arms. As Christians, we see God’s love for us in His creation – in the refreshing breeze, the warm sunshine, the perfection of a rose in bloom.

There are so many ideas in this book to remind children that they are loved even when they are not in their loved one’s presence. We have not shied away from the topic of death with my daughters, but for those who are not sure how to talk about this sensitively and age-appropriately, Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs is a great way to start the conversation.

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs & Multicultural Children's Book Day 2017

I read this with my daughters, and asked them what they thought about the book. Angie, being Angie, wanted to know what all the children’s names were and where they were from. Emmy said she liked it and asked me to read it again. It’s already on its way to becoming a firm favourite in our house.

The Sun Kisses Moon Hugs website also has a page of activities to supplement the book, as well as a discussion guide. We made up our own activity to go with the book:

Sun Kisses

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs & Multicultural Children's Book Day 2017

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs & Multicultural Children's Book Day 2017

Moon Hugs

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs & Multicultural Children's Book Day 2017

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs & Multicultural Children's Book Day 2017

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is in its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs & Multicultural Children's Book Day 2017
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young ReadersChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books.

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett AbourayaVeronica AppletonSusan Bernardo, Kathleen BurkinshawMaria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin,  Savannah HendricksStephen HodgesCarmen Bernier-Grand, Vahid ImaniGwen Jackson,  Hena KahnDavid KellyMariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece MurphyMiranda PaulAnnette PimentelGreg RansomSandra RichardsElsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-StoweSmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang.

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

MCBD Links to remember:
MCBD site: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/
Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta
Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/
Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents: http://bit.ly/1sZ5s8i

Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use their official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

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