This is my second year as a book reviewer for Multicultural Children’s Books Day (MCCBD) and I’m happy to review the Museum Mysteries series by Steve Brezenoff. Multicultural Children’s Books Day is the much-needed initiative started by bloggers Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valerie Budayr from Jump Into A Book to bring books featuring diverse characters into the hands of children, educators, parents, caregivers and librarians across the country. Read the rest→
It is most important for children to see themselves in the books they read as well as experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions through reading. You can follow book reviews posted by different bloggers, author visits, event details and a multi-cultural children’s book linkup through the hashtag #ReadYourWorld on twitter and other social media.
The Case of the Missing Museum Archives is set in the Air and Space Museum and contains interesting facts about aviation history and space exploration in the story as well as in the notes at the back of the book. The Case of the Portrait Vandal features the American History museum and has information about the Articles of Confederation, the American Constitution and early flags of the United States. Both books also have discussion questions and writing prompts, which can be useful for educators.
Things to Do:
A fun companion activity for the series would be to visit a local museum with kids. A little prior research will allow you to identify exhibits that are of particular interest to your children so that you can mark them on a map and look out for them during your visit.