It really is true; we learn new things every day. Last year I attended the World Travel Market, at the Excel London. While there, I sat in on a presentation on The Wellness and Wellbeing hour – Global.  It was there that I first heard about the country of Bhutan. Bhutan the county that measures success based on ‘gross national happiness’ (GNH) rather than production.  I visited their stand to enquire, how did the ethos translate to tourists? I was told that on arrival tourists were informed about the values of the country and encouraged to respect it. Little did I know, months later, I’d be reviewing a book from the said country for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Room In Your Heart was written by Kunzang Choden. She was the first Bhutanese woman to write a book in English1Room In Your Heart is an enchanting tale about sharing and gratitude.

 

The Review

 

Room in Your Heart is set in Bhutan; the Buddhist country located between China and India, bordering with Tibet across the Himalayas2.  In such a landscape, what would you do if you lived alone and a stranger came knocking seeking at night? Fortunately it was a monk. The old lady invited him in. Then, there’s another knock at the door, which interrupts her from briefly from preparing her simple dinner. What would you do?

We often say ‘sharing is caring’. I say it to my children all the time. Room in Your Heart gives a visual to what that statement really means. Aimed at 4+ years, it’s an endearing tale to inspire kindness and simple acts of service in the young. This story warmed my heart so to speak. I was pleased to have had the opportunity to enjoy with my children.

 

Angelo’s best bit: He liked the way the old lady shared with people in need

Valentina’s best bit: She enjoyed all of it.

My best bit: The monk’s statement at the end of the book, as well as the illustrations.

 

Book Details:

Author:  Kunzang Choden

Illustrated by:  Pema Tshering

Age: 4+
Language: English
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 38
Publisher: KitaabWorld
Dimensions: 8.07 x 10.24 inches
ISBN-13: 978 81 8988495

Room In Your Heart was reviewed to commemorate Multicultural Children’s Book Day. The book can be purchased online from Kitaab World.

 

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

 


Multicultural Children’s Book Day
 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board!

*View our 2019 Medallion Sponsors here: https://wp.me/P5tVud-
*View our 2019 MCBD Author Sponsors here: https://wp.me/P5tVud-2eN

Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book CouncilThe Junior Library GuildTheConsciousKid.org.

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone PublishingCarole P. RomanAuthor Charlotte RiggleHuda EssaThe Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge PublishingJudy Dodge CummingsAuthor Gwen JacksonKitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ LanguagesLee & Low BooksMiranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, RedfinAuthor Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s DaughterTimTimTom BooksLin ThomasSleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield,

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

Honorary: Julie FlettMehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet BallettaAuthor Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Josh FunkChitra SoundarOne Globe Kids – Friendship StoriesSociosights Press and Almost a MinyanKaren LeggettAuthor Eugenia ChuCultureGroove BooksPhelicia Lang and Me On The PageL.L. WaltersAuthor Sarah StevensonAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleHayley BarrettSonia PanigrahAuthor Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing DreidelsAuthor Susan BernardoMilind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu KidTara WilliamsVeronica AppletonAuthor Crystal BoweDr. Claudia MayAuthor/Illustrator Aram KimAuthor Sandra L. RichardsErin DealeyAuthor Sanya Whittaker GraggAuthor Elsa TakaokaEvelyn Sanchez-ToledoAnita BadhwarAuthor Sylvia LiuFeyi Fay AdventuresAuthor Ann MorrisAuthor Jacqueline JulesCeCe & Roxy BooksSandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceLEUYEN PHAMPadma VenkatramanPatricia Newman and Lightswitch LearningShoumi SenValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci SorellShereen RahmingBlythe StanfelChristina MatulaJulie RubiniPaula ChaseErin TwamleyAfsaneh MoradianLori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls RevolutionSoulful SydneyQueen Girls Publications, LLC

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 works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty ArabAgatha Rodi BooksAll Done MonkeyBarefoot MommyBiracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms ShareColours of UsDiscovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Descendant of Poseidon ReadsEducators Spin on it Growing Book by BookHere Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin LeeJump Into a BookImagination Soup,Jenny Ward’s ClassKid World CitizenKristi’s Book NookThe LogonautsMama SmilesMiss Panda ChineseMulticultural Kid BlogsRaising Race Conscious ChildrenShoumi SenSpanish Playground

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party. GO HERE for more details.

FREE RESOURCES From MCBD

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/

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